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Gramps

I would like to learn what is the Mormon Church’s position on plays in the church building? I am asking you because our stake has just been reorganized and no one I have asked knows for sure. Thank you.

Donald

 

Answer

 

Dear Donald,

You might try the high councilman responsible for youth activities in the stake. However, the Mormon Church buildings are built with cultural halls and stages, whose proper function would be as a setting for plays and other cultural activities sponsored by the wards and stakes.

This is what is said in the Church Handbook of Instruction regarding it:

Cultural Arts

 

Cultural arts activities provide opportunities for members to develop their talents and interests.  These activities also nurture creativity, confidence, communication, and cooperation.  They could include talent shows or performancesin dance, music, and drama. They could also include the celebration of local or general Church history.

For years we had roadshows where the youth of each ward would put on an original play and compete against the other wards.

The chapel proper, however, where Sunday worship services are held, is in reality a sacred location, and should not be profaned by activities that are not spiritual and uplifting in nature.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

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