Mormon stunt beggars belief
AP, November 30, 2013
MEMBERS of a Mormon congregation in the US encountered someone they thought was a homeless man at church last Sunday.
What they did not know was the man was a bishop for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
At least five people asked David Musselman to leave the church property in the Salt Lake City suburb, some gave him money and most were indifferent.
Yesterday he said he disguised himself as a homeless man to teach his congregation a lesson about compassion. He had a makeup artist transform his face to that of a stranger not even his family recognised.
"The main thing I was trying to get across was, we don’t need to be so quick to judge," Bishop Musselman told KUTV-TV.
"Many actually went out of their way to purposefully ignore me, and they wouldn’t even make eye contact.
Bishop Musselman walked to the pulpit during the service and revealed his identity, taking off his wig, fake beard and glasses.
"It had a shock value that I did not anticipate," he said.
Ward member Jaimi Larsen was among those surprised. “I started feeling ashamed because I didn’t say hello to this man.”
Bishop Musselman said he wanted ward members to be kind to people from all walks of life.