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Dallas Jenkins of "The Chosen" Tackles the "LDS Issue"

Updated: May 22, 2022

The creator/director of the hit streaming show about the life of Jesus endeavors to explain previous comments about Mormons.

Dallas Jenkins gives directions on set in Goshen, UT during production of season two of the program.
Dallas Jenkins gives directions on set in Goshen, UT during production of season two of the program. Image: "The Chosen"/Instagram.

In an effort to put this contentious subject behind him, Dallas Jenkins has posted on the YouTube channel of The Chosen a video entitled "My definitive (final) comments on the 'LDS Issue.'" In it, he parses previous statements he has made about Mormons and Christianity, trying to give "context" and "some level of clarity."

As Christian Film Blog has reported previously, Jenkins' partners from Angel Studios are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), as the Utah-based Mormon Church officially calls itself. Those partners play a vital role on this globally successful program - viewed more than 400 million times - handling fundraising, marketing and distribution. The director, himself an Evangelical Christian, has thus regularly spoken about Mormons and their faith, and some of his comments have raised the ire of critics.


In this new video, Jenkins mentions two particular statements attributed to him: "Mormons and Evangelicals love the same Jesus," and "LDS are Christians." Then asking whether he truly made such comments, Jenkins responds to his own question: "And the answer is, no, I did not."


He did go on to acknowledge that while some of his past statements could possibly have been interpreted as such, when he spoke, he was not making broad generalizations about groups, but instead was talking about specific individuals "who identify as LDS, who I've gotten to know very deeply over the last few years."

"And I stand by the statement that those friends of mine that I'm referring to absolutely love the same Jesus that I do."

The 46-year-old father of four was clearly trying to thread the needle on this subject, underlining that he was not talking about "everybody" or making "sweeping statements." But another comment in the video, meant to emphasize that point, is sure to draw displeasure from some Christians: "I know plenty of Evangelicals who I would say don't know the same Jesus that I do and don't love the same Jesus that I do."


In an effort to move beyond the issue, Jenkins turned to The Chosen itself, saying, "The content of the show...is what I think should be most paramount," since it is "in every country in the world now and being seen by lots of people," as opposed to his comments on Mormonism and Christianity, which are followed by a much smaller audience. The director then reiterated something he has said in the past about his authority over the program, which he states he exercises without external interference.

"The content of the show has zero influence or input from any formal faith tradition or church: none. I am a conservative Evangelical, I believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, I believe in the supremacy of God's Word, I believe in the Holy Trinity, I believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, and believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and all of those things: all the core tenets of Scripture."

Jenkins' message, which he delivers in measured tones, runs approximately 16 minutes and you can watch it below. In the meantime, it's worth noting that he and his team are shooting season three of The Chosen right now in Texas and hope to be able to release it before the end of the year.



14 Comments


Thomas Wayne
Thomas Wayne
Sep 06, 2023

I believe that Mormons place "The Book of Mormon" over and above the teachings of the Bible. The Mormons believe that Daddy god and Mommy god are in heaven making "soul-babies" for earthly bodies. The Mormons also believe in baptizing the dead so that these dead bodies may be resurrected and prepared for heaven. Mormons are truly a false religion and they are anti-Christ. Just compare the Book of Mormon to the saving Gospel of Jesus the Christ. Mormons are also "work-righteous" they condemn faith alone for salvation through the

Cross of Jesus the Christ.

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Ruth Chapman Dorrepaal
Ruth Chapman Dorrepaal
Apr 02, 2023

I hope this email goes to Dallas Jenkins. Thank you for the chosen endeavor. It helps us to really imagine as Christians what Jesus was like and what it was like in those times I only ask that you should be so very careful in your representation of Jesus. I felt there was a couple of misrepresentations in the show so far. One being when Jesus was trying to conjure up his sermon on the mount. If he can baffle the lawyers, Sadducees and Pharisees in all the questions when they’re trying to trick him. Jesus said that everything he said came from the father. Do you think he would have to really try so hard to figure out hi…

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Ruth Chapman Dorrepaal
Ruth Chapman Dorrepaal
Apr 02, 2023
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Continuing with the last comment, when Jesus did not heal his own disciple. I don’t think that represented the Bible‘s words, because the New Testament says everyone that came to Jesus for healing was healed. Please be careful I am for you not against you. This is the most important representation there could ever be.

sincerely, Ruth

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jimsrib
Feb 11, 2023

If your LDS friends were "real" Chrisrians they would have the Holy Spirit living in them. That said I don't see how they could stay active in that church and not feel the prompting from the Holy Spirit to come out from among them. The Bible says not to be unevenly yoked as it appears you may be in the making of this show. I could be wrong but think and pray about it. You can talk all around it by saying a lot of the "right" things but it doesn't make up for calling someone or a group of people actively involved in the LDS, it loving, and believing in the same Jesus you do. They don't believe Jesu…

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Charles Webb
Charles Webb
Apr 16, 2023
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I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints … I find it really interesting that your comment and many of the comments posted on this discussion thread sound just like the Pharisees in the movie talking about Christ and his disciples … they talk about Christ‘s teachings as something different … Well, we, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints do believe the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in all its fullness with a modern day Prophet & Apostles … our message is the same as it was when Christ was on the earth… Come and see! Here is the testimony of the modern day Apostles https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/the-living-christ-the-testimony-of-the-apostles/the-living-christ-the-testimony-of-the-apostles?lang=eng

Come…


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Jim Ingersoll
Jim Ingersoll
Jan 23, 2023

The "CHOSEN" puts skin on God.

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Jim Bryant
Jim Bryant
Dec 26, 2022

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