Killers’ Brandon Flowers Discusses Biggest Misunderstanding of Mormonism

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The longtime frontman of the Killers opens up about what the public has yet to understand about Mormonism's roots. He also has a new album.

When we last heard from Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, he sat down with NPR’s David Greene to talk about his experience with Mormonism, including how the faith changed his father, a former alcoholic.

There was also that bit in 2012 when Flowers appeared on a mean Swedish TV show and defended Mormonism passionately.

Since then he’s released his second solo album, 2015’s excellent The Desired Effect, and is back with a new Killers album, Wonderful Wonderful, due out later this month.

Rolling Stone sat down with Flowers to discuss his career, the continued success of the Killers, touring, and the new album. Peppered in the interview, however, were a few questions about Flowers’ devotion to Mormonism.

First, the magazine asked if Flowers was bothered by the public mockery of Mormonism found in the Book of Mormon musical as well as long-running animated series South Park. (We should note that both products came from the same team.) Flowers simply said, “I’m not losing any sleep over it. Mormonism is still pretty misunderstood.”

That led to a followup question about the biggest “misimpression” or misunderstanding of Mormonism, and Flowers’ response was worth pondering:

There’s this kind of weird mystery around it. With Christianity, you have 2,000 years of separation from when the events took place and these supposed miracles. We don’t have that much separation from Joseph Smith in the 1800s and the other events that we believe took place, so it’s a lot easier to home in on it. People that knew Moses didn’t keep journals, but we actually have that information.

Indeed, while Mormonism is rooted in ancient Christianity, claiming its roots down to the creation of the earth, the modern understanding of it largely centers on Joseph Smith and the Restoration era, leaving much less time for Mormonism to become normalized, despite the so-called “Mormon Moment” of 2012 and the subsequent “Post-Mormon Moment Moment.”

Having largely developed in the modern era also leaves less room for the mystic surrounding ancient religious, or rather, that which seems mysterious because it’s in a modern context is not understood on the same level as something similar from the time of Moses.

Read the full interview here.

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