Mormonism And Homosexuality: The Book Of Mormon Missionary Positions [NSFW]

Mormonism And Homosexuality: The Book Of Mormon Missionary Positions  [NSFW]

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First, let me start off by saying that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Yes, I am Mormon. When a fellow Fstopper writer posted this piece in our writer's group at first I was saddened to see the material within the link, but then I took a step back and really processed what this series of photographs meant. The photographs depict a pair of Mormon missionaries in various sexual positions. The photographs may be quite simple, but the message is not. Warning: Some of these photographs might be offensive to some readers. 

 

Neil Dacosta, a photographer based out of Portland, OR is the creator of the series. The series has its own website over at www.mormonmissionarypositions.com

I have been a member of the Mormon church since I was eighteen years old. I might not be the best example of a Mormon, but I love my religion. It is part of who I am, and with that said, I am also a LGBT supporter. I believe that homosexuals should have the same rights that we all do in all respects. Yes, a Mormon that is a LGBT supporter, we do exist... and the number is  growing.

The photographs while to some are shocking I believe is the perfect conversation starter over the issue of homosexuality and the church. Now, I do not know the motivation behind this series of photographs by its creators. The only insight that has been given was that on The Daily Dot in which the website asked the creators of the series if this past election had anything to do with the series. As most of you may know, Mitt Romney is also a member of the LDS church and is an opponent to same-sex marriage. Neil Dacosta and art director, Sara Phillips, had this to say.

"The timing definitely gives it a political undertone, as the LDS Handbook quote parallels the Republican social position," the two wrote. "There are a number of unanswered questions surrounding the influence of Mitt Romney's faith on his political positions." -Via: The Daily Dot

The quote that they are referring to is the one that can be found on the LDS Handbook. "Sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as husband and wife. Any other sexual relations, including those between persons of the same gender, are sinful and undermine the divinely created institution of the family. The Church accordingly affirms defining marriage as the legal and lawful union between a man and a woman."  -LDS Handbook 2 21.4.10

 The fact of the matter is that people in the United States feel more uncomfortable with Mormons than they do homosexuals. We only make up about 2% of the nation, and we are a largely misunderstood religion. The number of us that are LGBT supporters often keep quiet about their stance on gay marriage in fear of belittlement of our fellow congregation. This is changing slowly, as well. More and more people are 'outing' themselves as supporters.

Just this past June, during a gay-pride parade in Salt Lake City, Utah over 800 active members of the Mormon church marched in support of their LGBT community members. The group called 'Mormons Building Bridges', have been very vocal about their feelings on same-sex marriage.

The series of photographs definitely sends out a powerful statement, and I believe get the message across, now what that message is... is up to you.

So many people like to use photography as a way to say something socially, so does this series use the art form as a way to put homosexuality and the church in the forefront, or is this simply exploitation at its finest?

You can view the entire online art exhibit at: www.mormonmissionarypositions.com

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Casey Sjogren's picture

I love photography and video production. Oh, and I also love humor... and this almost made me spit my beer all over my computer screen. Hilarious. That bike pose... 

Well, I edited this comment a few times because my emotions made me post things I didn't want to be here. But let me say this. I can't believe we have talk about this in our time. It's 2012. Can't we just all get along. Thats my political statement.
As for photography, do it all!
One love.

what is shocking about these images?
a person must be really sick or have a strange fantasy to find these images "shocking".

tells a lot about the state of mind.....

mormons are these beggars who send missionars over to europe ... going from house to house telling you about this fantasy book written thousand of years ago?

is that correct?

Silly americans are silly.

Shannon Wimberly's picture

mission-fairies?  We almost escaped the bullet with that group i guess..... I can only imagine the justification and encouragement a Romney nomination could have brought on us all...... I actually voted for him too...... i would rather have a thriving economy, and people having more money to buy photography, then to have big bird flappin his beak and women being offended over some right to kill the fruit of their womb...... i welcome the haters to reply.... ;)

Joop van Roy's picture

 Try trolling less obviously.

OOOOOBAAAAAMMMMAAA !!!

you might want to correct the link for the website, it links to fstoppers.com/www.... you're missing the http:// for  the clicking :)

for the rest... i think it's a fun project, and well, after having had a night of discussion with a bunch of homophobic people trying to just understand their point of view, which made absolutely no sense, i'll leave others do the follow-up comments. 

Rebecca Britt's picture

Thanks for the heads up, Olivier, it should be working now. :)

RUSS's picture

Hey um, this is a little off the topic of gay mormons and pics of dumb stuff but,  do any of you think we could  get Romney to maybe create those 12 million jobs he said he would?
Someone ask him please? get him working on the problems even tho he didnt get elected maybe?
Let's see if he was bullshitting or not

I double dare you to show some real courage. Show the same images instead substitute Mohammed with a male muslim. Publish it all around the world. Make sure plenty of dedicated muslims see it.

Don't forget to include your photo and where you live.You won't because that's not what gutless liberals do. They only attack those they know won't attack back.

I second this. 

3carb, great point! Fstoppers wouldn't dare cross THAT line.. Kind of like school bullies, only pick on those who don't fight back. Shame on you Fstoppers and Rebecca Britt!

Rebecca Britt's picture

I don't understand all the hate. I say that I don't particularly like the photos or the fact that they use missionaries, but I do also say that, yes, this is making a statement. I am not the creator of the photos. I don't know why the photographer shot these, only he and his creative team can answer those questions. What I can say is that while I do agree that this is a somewhat distasteful way of getting the message across, it does just that. It gets the message across, now if you don't like the particular message, that is your right and your opinion. 

Anthony Tripoli's picture

Are you insinuating liberals are all gutless? I proudly served my country in two theaters of war, and I am a liberal. No guts? How about the guy anonymously talking trash from the comfort of his computer? How's that for gutless?

Why don't you just continue to perpetuate the stereotype of ignorant, close-minded, conservatives? (Not saying I believe that stereotype by the way, I have plenty of conservative friends who do not fit that mold)

Troll elsewhere.

On the Photography : Meh

Although I know there is a fashion in soft, even (bland) lighting - I don't really appreciate it artistically.

On the shock factor : I really dislike it when something is so blatantly made just for shock and has little other merit. I can understand how things are sometimes done to achieve a goal - but a whole book! Really!

Religion : I don't know a lot about Mormonism. If it is generally against LGBT then maybe it deserves a shock - but I think something like this is more likely to make them withdraw from equal rights no push forward.
I strongly dislike religions/people where offence to their religion causes strong, negative reactions (e.g. violence). Surely said people should have enough faith to rise above/not care what others say ...?
(I'm an atheist)

Geoff Lister's picture

I was expecting something far more shocking than this, they're fully clothed!

To those who devalue the artistic or creative merit of these photos. No, they're not artistic in the technical sense that amateurs tend to get off on, they're artistic in the actual sense of creativity, they push boundaries and make you think. I'm imagining these photos printed life-sized down a narrow hallway. 

Art should provoke emotion. It's clear that this art is doing that. 

These made me lose my respect for fstoppers.

Rebecca Britt's picture

I'm sorry you feel that way. 

Omar Vale's picture

The bicycle position is interesting

Graham Marley's picture

We're going to get a lot of grumbling here, which is sad. Art has been a way of critiquing and expressing religious feeling and ideas for millennia. Content drives technical decisions which is just as important to learn about and see examples of as lighting set ups or time lapse rigs. 

Bad move Fstoppers we learned nothing about photography please leave out religion and politics.

Rebecca Britt's picture

So any photography that has to do with religion should be banned from the site? I don't see how that's objective. 

Patrick Hall's picture

Not sure I understand this view... today more and more photography has very little to say on a broader scale except "hey I know how to use a speed light".  Here at Fstoppers we have always been big on promoting bigger scale productions and urging photographers to think more about their themes, series, and production rather than simply throwing something together in 1 hour.  

While I don't personally agree with what this photographer is trying to say or how he is saying it, I do applaud him on 1) taking technically sound photographs, 2) creating a photo series, 3) coming up with a concept that should make the viewer respond to the work, and 4) being passionate about something he believes in.  

As the creator of this blog, I want our readers to be able to read a large range of photography based articles and just like any other popular site, not every article will be of interest to every reader.  Also, while this photo series might have been political in nature when released a few days ago, we are not trying to make a political statement by sharing it.

Strangely, judging by the comments, not many found this article, written content-wise, of any value...

Total Bullsh*t....I just deletd all my links to FStoppers.....posting this crap for shock value and clicks is a new low for you...it's a shame because you have so much more good stuff to offer but I dont associate with creeps. CYA

Rebecca Britt's picture

I don't see how posting this makes me a creep, and I'm sorry you feel this way. We have posted things that are far more controversial on this site. What is it that upsets you so much?

I think the question is what exactly are you trying to say by posting this? It is not the post itself that I find offensive it is my (perhaps mistaken) belief that FStoppers was a classy place to learn more about technology, education, techniques, BTS, news, in the photographic industry but posts like this and the trollish comments (mine included) are becoming more and more of an issue. If FStoppers wants to create a site about controversy and opinionated free speech discussions perhaps you should consider a second site. You brand identity for me seems to be changing to more and more NSFW and controversial "stuff" which is a lure for base instincts.. 

Patrick Hall's picture

wow back already?

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