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LDS Filmmaker Repents!

Consider Jewish and early Christian apocrypha. These are dubious writings not without merit. Many apocryphal stories can be found in the Catholic Bible. Mormons too invent apocrypha. The Testaments movie is as beneficial and unreliable as the Apocrypha.

 Doctrine and Covenants 91:1-6; states:

"VERILY, thus saith the Lord unto you concerning the Apocrypha-

There are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correctly.

There are many things contained therein that are not true, which are interpolations by the hands of men.

Verily, I say unto you, that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be translated.

Therefore, whoso readeth it, let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth;

And  whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom;

And whoso received not by the Spirit, cannot be benefited. Therefore it is not needful that it should be translated. Amen."

As you study the Book of Mormon, you will notice that the sacred text nowhere mentions monkeys, palm trees or hewn stone pyramids; all of which feature in the Testaments' fictional story. Years before the making of the popular Mormon movie, Dr. Hugh Nibley observed:

“Blinded …Book of Mormon students have declared themselves “not interested” in the drab and commonplace remains of our lowly Indians. But in all the Book of Mormon we look in vain for anything that promises majestic ruins.” (An Approach to the Book of Mormon - Melchizedek Priesthood manual (1957), appendix section titled “Looking for the Wrong Things”, pp. 440-441)

Mormon Times quotes Kieth Merrill. The filmmaker explains why The Testaments movie should not be viewed as an authoritative depiction of the Book of Mormon's New World setting:

LDS filmmaker says Book of Mormon set in North America

By Sharon Haddock

Mormon Times

Saturday, Oct. 03, 2009

MIDWAY, Utah -- LDS filmmaker Kieth Merrill says he picked the background for "The Testaments" by default, and if he had it to do over, he would have sought locations in North America rather than Central and South America...

"I'm the guy who made the biggest, most expensive film (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) has ever made, and I put it in the wrong place."

Merrill said the common notion that the Mayan and Aztec peoples and other such civilizations known to have lived in Central America ... influenced his choice of jungle location. (He ultimately filmed "The Testaments" on the Hawaiian island of Kauai after roaming the jungles of the Yucatan.)


Meldrum and other researchers argue that the Nephites and Lamanites lived in the same basic area of the United States where the LDS Church was founded.

Merrill said when he was asked to make the new film about Christ, LDS Church leaders never designated where to film. In fact, President James E. Faust, second counselor in the First Presidency at the time, told him specifically not to shoot footage with recognizable landmarks in the background for fear church members would assume that whatever landscape was portrayed would be accepted as the prevailing truth...

Merrill said,"... I suggest a re-reading of the Book of Mormon and see if you don't discover a new perspective."


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