History Theatre / TheBookOfMormon

19th Jun '16 9:09:32 PM newageoutlaw
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* CampStraight: YMMV depending on the cast, but many of the Elders act rather mincing and fruity despite their hetero-normative beliefs, most noticeably Elder Price.

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* CampStraight: YMMV depending on the cast, but many of the Elders act rather mincing and fruity can seem stereotypically gay despite their hetero-normative beliefs, most noticeably Elder Price.beliefs.
18th Jun '16 10:24:10 PM TheBigBopper
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* {{Expy}}: Ugandan General Butt Fucking Naked is a stand-in for the Liberian warlord [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Butt_Naked General Butt Naked]], whose Butt Naked Brigade really did use {{Full Frontal Assault}}s that were a lot less funny than they sound.

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* {{Expy}}: Ugandan General Butt Fucking Naked is a stand-in for the Liberian warlord [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Butt_Naked General Butt Naked]], whose Butt Naked Brigade really did use {{Full Frontal Assault}}s that were a lot less funny than they sound. The real General Butt Naked also converted to Christianity in a similar manner to General Butt Fucking Naked's conversion to the Mormon faith.
18th Jun '16 10:17:18 PM TheBigBopper
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* AccidentalMisnaming: Elder Cunningham is simply incapable of remembering Nabulungi's name.

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* AccidentalMisnaming: Elder Cunningham is simply incapable of remembering Nabulungi's name. He addresses her by a different name each time he greets her, some of which include Neutrogena (a brand of hair and skin products), Neosporin (an antibiotic cream), and [[Disney/TheLionKing Nala]].



* {{Adorkable}}: Elder Cunningham.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Elder Cunningham.Cunningham is a total dork who lags behind his peers, but is always bubbling with enthusiasm.



--> '''Elder 2:''' And Mothra!
* AnAesop: Very ''specifically'' averted. WordOfGod is that they don't want to insist that one particular lesson should be learned from the show and prefer to leave it open for people to interpret any way they'd like. Even Matt Stone's own philosophy of "Religion is a tool, not a rulebook" is presented rather ambiguously.
* ArmoredClosetGay: PlayedForLaughs with Elder [=McKinley=], who in "Turn It Off" is trying to hide these feelings.

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--> '''Elder 2:''' And Mothra!
[[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Mothra]]!
* AnAesop: Very ''specifically'' averted. WordOfGod is that they don't want to insist that one particular lesson should be learned from the show and prefer to leave it open for people to interpret any way they'd like. Even Matt Stone's own philosophy of "Religion is a tool, not a rulebook" is presented rather ambiguously.
ambiguously. In-universe, however, Elders Price and Cunningham conclude from their experiences that it's more important to have a religion that helps people improve their lives than to follow the dogma of an established church.
* ArmoredClosetGay: PlayedForLaughs with Elder [=McKinley=], who talks about how he suppresses his homosexual feelings in "Turn It Off" is trying to hide these feelings.Off".



* BestialityIsDepraved: Elder Cunningham claims Joseph Smith cured his AIDS by having sex with a frog.
** Of course, it's less depraved than the alternative Elder Cunningham was trying to turn the locals away from. That alternative being ''raping '''babies'''''.

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* BestialityIsDepraved: Elder Cunningham claims Joseph Smith cured his AIDS by having sex with a frog.
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frog. Of course, it's less depraved than the alternative Elder Cunningham was trying to turn the locals away from. That alternative being ''raping '''babies'''''.



* BreakTheCutie: Elder Cunningham.
** Nabulungi definitely qualifies as well, if her [[DarkReprise reprise]] of "Hasa Diga Eebowai" after [[spoiler:discovering the truth about Elder Cunningham's 'Mormon' stories]] is any indication.
* BreakTheHaughty: Elder Price.
* BrickJoke: Several, most notably "Joseph Smith, American Moses" to "Making Things Up Again".
** "[[RunningGag I HAVE MAGGOTS IN MY SCROTUM!!!]]"
* CampStraight: YMMV depending on the cast, but many of the Elders are usually this, most noticeably Elder Price.
* TheChiefsDaughter: Nabulungi.
* ClusterFBomb: The Ugandans. Particularly their first song, "Hasa Diga Eebowai", primarily because it's Ugandan for "[[spoiler:Fuck you, God!]]"

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* BreakTheCutie: BreakTheCutie:
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Elder Cunningham.
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Cunningham started making stuff up because he thought it would help the villagers, but then the visiting church representatives condemn him for giving the Ugandans a corrupted version of the teachings, and Nabulungi definitely qualifies as well, if her reproaches him for giving them false hope.
** Nabulungi's
[[DarkReprise reprise]] of "Hasa Diga Eebowai" after [[spoiler:discovering the truth about Elder Cunningham's 'Mormon' stories]] is any indication.
shows her disillusioned and bitter that she believed in a religion that promised a better life, only to be told that it was all lies.
* BreakTheHaughty: Elder Price.
Price comes in thinking he's better than everyone else, but falls into depression when he can't deal with the situation in Uganda and when Elder Cunningham manages to convert more villagers than him.
* BrickJoke: Several, most notably BrickJoke:
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"Joseph Smith, American Moses" to "Making Things Up Again".
** "[[RunningGag I The RunningGag "I HAVE MAGGOTS IN MY SCROTUM!!!]]"
SCROTUM!!!" shows up one last time at the very end of the closing number.
* CampStraight: YMMV depending on the cast, but many of the Elders are usually this, act rather mincing and fruity despite their hetero-normative beliefs, most noticeably Elder Price.
* TheChiefsDaughter: Nabulungi.
Nabulungi is the daughter of the village head, and is interested in the teaching that the missionaries bring in contrast to her father's suspicion.
* ClusterFBomb: ClusterFBomb:
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The Ugandans. Particularly Ugandans use the F word constantly, particularly their first song, "Hasa Diga Eebowai", primarily because it's supposed to be Ugandan for "[[spoiler:Fuck you, God!]]"



* CrapsackWorld: Uganda is a pretty miserable place.
** WorldHalfFull: The Ugandans eventually find some faith.

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* CrapsackWorld: Uganda is a pretty miserable place.
** WorldHalfFull: The Ugandans eventually find some faith.
place, with famine, disease, and the local warlord keeping the people down.



* CrisisOfFaith: Happens to Elder Price.

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* CrisisOfFaith: Happens to Elder Price.Price begins to doubt God and his religion after failing at everything and having Cunningham eclipse him.



* DisneyAcidSequence: "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream"

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* DisneyAcidSequence: "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream"Dream" has Elder Price dreaming that he is being punished in the depths of Hell, including famous evil people, dancing donuts and coffee cups representing his vices, and devils doing an elaborate song-and-dance routine.



** "Baptize Me" includes a multitude of {{Double Entendre}}s.

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** "Baptize Me" includes a multitude of is an extended {{Double Entendre}}s.Entendre}} in which Cunningham and Nabulungi sing about her baptism in a way that sounds like they're describing their feelings about having TheirFirstTime with each other.



* EvilLawyerJoke: The inhabitants of Spooky Mormon Hell include [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Adolf Hitler, Genghis Khan, Jeffery Dahmer, and Johnnie Cochran.]]

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* EvilLawyerJoke: The inhabitants of Spooky Mormon Hell include [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Adolf Hitler, Genghis Khan, Jeffery Dahmer, and O.J. Simpson's defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran.]]



* EasyEvangelism: Completely [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]].

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* EasyEvangelism: Completely [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]. Elder Price comes expecting to convert everybody, then finds that the mission has baptized zero people, and that nobody wants to listen to his preaching because his book has no relevance to their lives.



* TheFundamentalist: Elder Price, at the beginning. He learns to loosen up.

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* TheFundamentalist: Elder Price, at the beginning.beginning, believes in following the rules of the Book of Mormon without exceptions. He learns to loosen up.



* GRatedDrug: Coffee, to Elder Price at least. (Mormon doctrine frowns upon both coffee and alcohol, hence why dancing coffee cups appear in the "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream".)
* GiveGeeksAChance: Elder Cunningham and Nabalungi.
* GoshDangItToHeck: The Mormon characters, at least most of the time. Very much averted with the Ugandans, who drop F-bombs in their very first scene, which is the "Hasa Diga Eibowai" number.

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* GRatedDrug: Coffee, to Elder Price at least. (Mormon Mormon doctrine frowns upon both coffee and alcohol, hence why the dancing coffee cups appear in the "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream".)
Dream".
* GiveGeeksAChance: Elder Cunningham is an awkward geek who loves ''Star Wars'' and Nabalungi.
''The Lord of the Rings''. Nabalungi thinks he's cute, and they get a MaybeEverAfter.
* GoshDangItToHeck: The Mormon characters, characters use mild substitutes for profanity, at least most of the time. Very much averted with the Ugandans, who drop F-bombs in their very first scene, which is the "Hasa Diga Eibowai" Eebowai" number.



* LawyerFriendlyCameo: While Star Wars is specifically named, Darth Vader and Yoda show up in fairly crudely made costumes. There are some hobbits as well.
** And, in some productions, Lt. Uhura.

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* LawyerFriendlyCameo: While Star Wars is specifically named, Darth Vader and Yoda show up in fairly crudely made costumes. There are some hobbits as well.
** And,
and, in some productions, Lt. Uhura.Uhura from ''Star Trek''.



* LiteralMinded: The "golden plates" shown in "Joseph Smith American Moses" are gold-colored paper plates.

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* LiteralMinded: The "golden plates" shown in "Joseph Smith Smith: American Moses" are gold-colored paper plates.



* {{Manchild}}: Elder Cunningham.

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* {{Manchild}}: {{Manchild}}:
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Elder Cunningham.Cunningham is very immature, with child-like emotional reactions and problems such as an overactive imagination and difficulty following rules.



* MaybeEverAfter: Cunningham and Nabulungi.

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* MaybeEverAfter: Cunningham and Nabulungi.Nabulungi have romantic subtext throughout the show, but they never get a clear RelationshipUpgrade, so it's left possible that they might get together in the future.



* ShowWithinAShow: Joseph Smith, American Moses.

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* ShowWithinAShow: Joseph Smith, ''Joseph Smith: American Moses.Moses'', a play which the Ugandan converts put on for the visiting church leaders.



* StepfordSmiler: The Mormons. Best displayed in the song "Turn it Off."

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* StepfordSmiler: The Mormons. Best displayed in Mormons at the song Uganda mission are hiding a lot of baggage such as childhood abuse and repressed homosexuality behind their cheery behavior, as seen in "Turn it Off."Off", which is basically a song about how to be a Stepford Smiler.


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* WorldHalfFull: The Ugandans eventually find some faith to get by in their depressing country.
18th Jun '16 9:15:13 PM TheBigBopper
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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: The mechanics of how a mission operates are completely off, per RuleOfFunny:
** Missionaries find out where they're going via mail long before they even arrive at the Missionary Training Center.
** They also don't spend their entire two years with the same companion; they're usually at least one of a hundred or so missionaries operating within a mission chapter's boundary (which, while it may vary in size, is almost ''certainly'' larger than just one village). The opportunity to be assigned to a different companion/area within the mission comes up every 6 weeks.
** Some liberties are taken with Mormon history and beliefs -- Mormon doctrine claims that eleven believers other than the religion's founder saw 'the Golden Plates' (which tell the story of how Ancient Jews came to America and became Amerindians), and Mormon doctrine holds that Hell is not a place as portrayed in "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" but a metaphor (a metaphor for ''what-' is not clear).

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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: ArtisticLicenseReligion:
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The mechanics of how a Mormon mission operates are completely off, per RuleOfFunny:
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off base. Missionaries actually find out where they're going via mail long before they even arrive at the Missionary Training Center.
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Center. They also don't spend their entire two years with the same companion; they're usually at least one of a hundred or so missionaries operating within a mission chapter's boundary (which, while it may vary in size, is almost ''certainly'' larger than just one village). The opportunity to be assigned to a different companion/area within the mission comes up every 6 weeks.
** Some liberties are taken with Mormon history and beliefs -- Mormon doctrine claims beliefs. The musical repeatedly makes fun of the idea that eleven believers other than the religion's founder nobody but Joseph Smith ever saw 'the Golden Plates' (which which tell the story of how Ancient Jews came to America and became Amerindians), and Amerindians. Actual Mormon doctrine claims that eleven other believers saw them too. Also, contrary to the 'Spooky Mormon Hell Dream' in the musical, Mormon doctrine holds that Hell is not a devils-and-pitchforks place as portrayed in "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" but a metaphor (a metaphor for ''what-' ''what'' is not clear).



* AssPull: Elder Cunningham does this repeatedly, InUniverse. [[spoiler:When the Africans perform a stage play of the events of the Book of Mormon as described by Elder Cunningham to the Mission President (a version that features Joseph Smith [[BeastialityIsDepraved having sex with frogs]], battling dysentery, and encounters with Ewoks), he decommissions the mission.]]

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* AssPull: Elder Cunningham does this repeatedly, InUniverse. [[spoiler:When the Africans perform a stage play of the events of the Book of Mormon as described by Elder Cunningham to the Mission President (a version that features Joseph Smith [[BeastialityIsDepraved [[BestialityIsDepraved having sex with frogs]], battling dysentery, and encounters with Ewoks), he decommissions the mission.]]
27th May '16 11:57:39 AM kkhohoho
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** Not so much in at least some productions, where it's instead '...I just have to follow that funny boy!"
23rd May '16 1:04:58 PM kkhohoho
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**Not so much in at least some productions, where it's instead '...I just have to follow that funny boy!"
16th May '16 4:46:19 PM Luigifan
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** Some liberties are taken with Mormon history and beliefs -- Mormon doctrine claims that eleven believers other than the religion's founder saw 'the Golden Plates' (which tell the story of how Ancient Jews came to America and became Amerindians), and Mormon doctrine holds that Hell is not a place as portrayed in "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" but a metaphor (a metaphor for 'what' is not clear).

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** Some liberties are taken with Mormon history and beliefs -- Mormon doctrine claims that eleven believers other than the religion's founder saw 'the Golden Plates' (which tell the story of how Ancient Jews came to America and became Amerindians), and Mormon doctrine holds that Hell is not a place as portrayed in "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" but a metaphor (a metaphor for 'what' ''what-' is not clear).



* AsTheGoodBookSays: Subverted. Elder Cunningham can't find appropriate verses that condemn things like raping babies or genital mutilation, so he resorts to [[AssPull making things up]].

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* AsTheGoodBookSays: Subverted. Elder Cunningham can't find appropriate verses that condemn things like raping babies or [[GroinAttack genital mutilation, mutilation]], so he resorts to [[AssPull making things up]].



* AssPull: Elder Cunningham does this repeatedly, InUniverse. [[spoiler:When the Africans perform a stage play of the events of the Book of Mormon as described by Elder Cunningham to the Mission President (a version that features Joseph Smith having sex with frogs, battling dysentery, and encounters with Ewoks), he decommissions the mission.]]

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* AssPull: Elder Cunningham does this repeatedly, InUniverse. [[spoiler:When the Africans perform a stage play of the events of the Book of Mormon as described by Elder Cunningham to the Mission President (a version that features Joseph Smith [[BeastialityIsDepraved having sex with frogs, frogs]], battling dysentery, and encounters with Ewoks), he decommissions the mission.]]



** Of course it's less depraved than the alternative Elder Cunningham was trying to turn the locals away from. That alternative being raping babies.

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** Of course course, it's less depraved than the alternative Elder Cunningham was trying to turn the locals away from. That alternative being raping babies.''raping '''babies'''''.



* EverybodyKnewAlready: [[spoiler: At the end, the Ugandans reveal that they always knew Elder Cunningham completely made up his story of Mormon origins, but were inspired by the optimism of building a better home for themselves.]]

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* EverybodyKnewAlready: [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At the end, the Ugandans reveal that they always knew Elder Cunningham completely made up his story of Mormon origins, but were inspired by the optimism of building a better home for themselves.]]



* HakunaMatata: Played with twice. Most noticeably in "Hasa Diga Eebowai" where the true meaning of the phrase subverts the normal optimism of the trope, which is not surprising considering that the English translation of the phrase is "[[spoiler:[[ClusterFBomb Fuck you, God]]]]". The TropeNamer is even referenced with "Does it mean no worries for the rest of our days?" The trope is then deconstructed with "Turn It Off" where the missionaries sing about forgetting their problems, but instead of this being a sign of how care-free they are, it hints at StepfordSmiler tendencies as the Elders suppress their emotions through tap-dance, including a sister succumbing to cancer, an abusive father, and one with gay thoughts.

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* HakunaMatata: Played with twice. Most noticeably in "Hasa Diga Eebowai" Eebowai", where the true meaning of the phrase subverts the normal optimism of the trope, which is not surprising considering that the English translation of the phrase is "[[spoiler:[[ClusterFBomb Fuck you, God]]]]". The TropeNamer is even referenced with "Does it mean no worries for the rest of our days?" The trope is then deconstructed with "Turn It Off" where the missionaries sing about forgetting their problems, but instead of this being a sign of how care-free they are, it hints at StepfordSmiler tendencies as the Elders suppress their emotions through tap-dance, including a sister succumbing to cancer, an abusive father, and one with gay thoughts.



* LargeHam: "Have you heard the story of our prophet, [[spoiler:Arnold Cunningham, Arnold Cunningham, Arnold Cunning... HAAAA-AAALLLOOOO!!!]]

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* LargeHam: "Have you heard the story of our prophet, [[spoiler:Arnold Cunningham, Arnold Cunningham, Arnold Cunning... HAAAA-AAALLLOOOO!!!]]HAAAA-AAALLLOOOO!!!]]"



** Elder Price has a bit of this too; he is obsessed with Orlando and its theme parks.
* MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber: "Man Up" becomes one about half way through.

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** Elder Price has a bit of this this, too; he is obsessed with Orlando and its theme parks.
* MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber: "Man Up" becomes one about half way halfway through.



* MightyWhitey: Parodied in "I Am Africa," which is sung by the (very white) missionaries. The whole idea is subverted, as the Mormon's teachings don't really solve the problems that the Ugandans face. [[spoiler: Though Arnold is able to inspire the villagers in the end, it's less because they take the stories at face value, and are more inspired the lessons they offered]].

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* MightyWhitey: Parodied in "I Am Africa," which is sung by the (very white) missionaries. The whole idea is subverted, as the Mormon's Mormons' teachings don't really solve the problems that the Ugandans face. [[spoiler: Though [[spoiler:Though Arnold is able to inspire the villagers in the end, it's less because they take the stories at face value, and are more inspired by the lessons they offered]].



* MusicalisInterruptus: "All American Prophet" is momentarily interrupted by the main RunningGag of that guy who sings about having maggots in his scrotum. Notable in that it's a rare example of a song being interrupted by something else sung. (And the interrupting song fits into the previous rhyme, which is even more impressive: "Joseph never showed them / I have maggots in my scrooooohhhhhhtum")

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* MusicalisInterruptus: "All American Prophet" is momentarily interrupted by the main RunningGag of that guy who sings about having maggots in his scrotum. Notable in that it's a rare example of a song being interrupted by something else sung. (And the interrupting song fits into the previous rhyme, which is even more impressive: "Joseph never showed them / I have maggots in my scrooooohhhhhhtum")scrooooohhhhhhtum").



** His actor gets a solo in "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" as Satan however.

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** His actor gets a solo in "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" as Satan Satan, however.
18th Apr '16 2:49:06 AM KlawKalash
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** Elder Price has a bit of this too; he is obsessed with the theme parks in Orlando.

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** Elder Price has a bit of this too; he is obsessed with the Orlando and its theme parks in Orlando.parks.
18th Apr '16 2:47:17 AM KlawKalash
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** Elder Price has a bit of this too; he is obsessed with the theme parks in Orlando.
17th Apr '16 3:30:07 PM KlawKalash
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** You can tell that the music does this we learn Elder Price and Elder Cunningham's mission location is... Uganda! Yes, ''that'' Uganda. It involves a RecordNeedleScratch.

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** You can tell that the music does this when we learn Elder Price and Elder Cunningham's mission location is... Uganda! Yes, ''that'' Uganda. It involves a RecordNeedleScratch.
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