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Satan Looks Nice Enough

Rusty - February 15, 2008

This picture and only the caption “Don’t forget Stake Temple Day is February 29th! All day long!!” was sent in an email from our Elders Quorum president today.




  1. Haha. Took me a minute. I’m slow that way.

    Comment by Susan M — February 15, 2008 @ 11:06 am

  2. I’m only going if they play the Derryl Yeager version.

    Comment by cj douglass — February 15, 2008 @ 11:09 am

  3. Suddenly they’re both kinda attractive… and are they related?

    Comment by cchrissyy — February 15, 2008 @ 11:11 am

  4. Who are these people?

    Comment by meems — February 15, 2008 @ 11:31 am

  5. what is up with satan on the left’s outfit. it’s bad all the way around. collarless shirt, weird leather jacket lapels?
    C’mon Satan. I expected more of you.

    Comment by amri — February 15, 2008 @ 11:43 am

  6. I wonder if the badge says “Hello, my name is Beelezebub”.

    Rusty, this has to be the most awesome picture there ever could possibly be.

    Comment by Mark IV — February 15, 2008 @ 11:56 am

  7. Too funny. Our Bishop sent around a similar email with this same picture not too long ago.

    Comment by Randy B. — February 15, 2008 @ 11:56 am

  8. meems,

    they both play Satan in the temple videos. Michael Ballam is on the right and is a Mormon musician of some renown on the Wasatch Front and has been something of an attraction as a speaker at Education Week on BYU campus.

    I don’t know much about the one on the left, except that he was my sister’s dance instructor once.

    Comment by Seth R. — February 15, 2008 @ 12:00 pm

  9. The guy on the left also played Peter in the Lamb of God video

    Comment by dpc — February 15, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

  10. #2 -
    I agree. I don’t like the Michael Ballam one as much. But that has more to do with the acting of Eve.

    I do think that both men do a superb job. I always imagined Satan young, attractive, and able to persuade easily. But I’m sure some people see it differently –older, wiser, but still attractive and persuasive. That Satan is a slippery fella’!

    Comment by Cheryl — February 15, 2008 @ 12:21 pm

  11. He also played Alexander Hamilton and Ammon in a couple other church videos.

    Jen sent this pic to me originally and I love it!

    Comment by Bret — February 15, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

  12. The original caption for the photo:


    Comment by Justin — February 15, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

  13. Derryl Yeager was also in the sequel to ‘Saturday Night Fever’ called ‘Stayin’ Alive’:


    His IMDB profile:


    Comment by A. Nonny Mouse — February 15, 2008 @ 3:59 pm

  14. Ach, gimme back the Gordon Jump, Spencer Palmer, K. Leroi Nelson, Charles Metten version.

    Comment by Mark B. — February 15, 2008 @ 4:31 pm

  15. man that is funny.

    However I do agree on Eve (#10) she looks like a zombie in at least one spot. Not good.

    Comment by JonW — February 15, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

  16. Uhh…is this picture from the 80′s?

    Comment by Jared — February 15, 2008 @ 10:23 pm

  17. Darryl Yeager is also in the movie “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” as one of the dancing extras.

    Comment by Eliza Roxcy — February 16, 2008 @ 3:18 am

  18. Hilarious.

    I usually think of the guy on the right as “Shakespearian Satan.”

    Comment by danithew — February 16, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

  19. I always like the film with Satan on the right better. It’s not the Satans (left Satan is just as good to me and a little petulant); it’s just the direction. The film on the left is so symbolically cheesy with Austin Powers style clever shots to maintain modesty or make a point.

    Comment by hawkgrrrl — February 16, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

  20. My questions is which one is the “real” Satan, or is it like Santa Claus and his helpers at Christmas?

    Comment by Don — February 16, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

  21. OK, that’s a priceless photo (which I’ve immediately stolen — the devil made me do it!).

    But, yes, I miss the bearded apostles. :-) ..bruce..

    Comment by bfwebster — February 16, 2008 @ 6:56 pm

  22. So there is more than one movie? Do they swap them out? If I’ve only seen one, how do I get to see the other?

    Comment by tracy m — February 17, 2008 @ 12:34 am

  23. Oh, Seth, thank you! That is hilarious. Now that you mention it, of course. But I’ve only seen the guy on the right.

    tracy m — you got your endowments? Wow! I must have missed that one. Here’s to you!

    Comment by meems — February 17, 2008 @ 9:57 am

  24. Meems- not yet. We’ve got our recommends though, and are on our way. I will let everyone know how it progresses. You didn’t miss anything…:)

    Comment by tracy m — February 17, 2008 @ 11:49 am

  25. Most excellent, tracy!

    Comment by meems — February 17, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

  26. tracy-
    Congrats! As to the movies, they are usually swapped here and there. Sometimes I’ll go 4 months in a row and get the same one; it just depends on when I go, I guess.

    That’s exactly why I don’t like her.

    That’s because he’s an opera singer. Opera singers and Shakespeare just go together somehow. :)

    Comment by Cheryl — February 17, 2008 @ 2:01 pm

  27. During much of my mission I was in the mission office. For a while I was serving with occasional bloggernacle commenter Carl Youngblood. He had a cassette tape that featured Michael Ballam on the cover. It was often sitting on his desk next to the computer. When the mission president would come in to use the computer the first thing he would do is flip the tape over so that Michael Ballam was no longer visible. We thought this was hilarious and finally teased him about it one day. He said that the picture made him uncomfortable. We asked him why and he said that he had no idea, but that he didn’t like that picture looking at him. Once it was explained he realized why he had been flipping it over and it he didn’t do it anymore.

    Comment by a random John — February 18, 2008 @ 10:37 am

  28. While I’m at it, this is a relevant video on YouTube. The interesting part starts at about 1:30.

    Comment by a random John — February 18, 2008 @ 10:44 am

  29. While I’m at it, this is a relevant video on YouTube. The interesting part starts at about 1:30.

    Like how a P-51D flies through a time warp back to 1941?

    Comment by Peter LLC — February 18, 2008 @ 11:41 am

  30. How come neither one of them has horns?

    Just kidding. I’m a purist, I say bring back Gordon Jump.

    Comment by Dan — February 19, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

  31. Gordon Jump?

    I didn’t know that — how interesting.

    Comment by john f. — February 25, 2008 @ 6:25 am

  32. Tracy, at the Provo Temple, at least, it depends on which Endowment Room you go in for your session. Odd-numbered rooms get one film, even-numbered rooms the other.

    I prefer the Lucifer on the Left because he seems much more subtle (subtil?) and less dramatic and theatrical than the other one.

    Comment by The_Monk — February 27, 2008 @ 12:16 pm

  33. I heard these guys get pulled over by the cops in Utah all the time. See, police see a lot of mug shots of suspects on the run, and they all get kinda mushed together in this mental file full of faces they sort of remember from somewhere, all labeled “Bad.” : )

    My SIL lived in a ward in Manhattan with Adam and Eve (the brunette ones, and somewhat aged) for a while. That would have been an interesting experience for every new move-in to the ward.

    Comment by mellifera — February 28, 2008 @ 11:50 am

  34. ARJ, thanks for the link. A friend of mine once told me that he heard a recording of lesser known John Williams score excerpts and that one sound like a plagiarized version of Bestor’s temple music (which is surprisingly not bad). He’ll be thrilled for the confirmation.

    Comment by Brad Kramer — February 29, 2008 @ 10:23 am

  35. For some reason, ever since the “last” Star Wars movie came out three years ago, I can’t look at MB without thinking of Senator/Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine. (The voice, smirk, robes, and all that, don’t you know.)

    Comment by Terry Foraker — February 29, 2008 @ 11:13 am

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