Contemporary Mormonism: Latter-day Saints in Modern America

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - Religion - 241 pages
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Much misunderstood, Mormonism had a colorful beginning in the 19th century, as a visionary named Joseph Smith founded and built a community of believers with their own unique faith. In the late-20th century, the church had to come to terms with its own growth and organization, as well as with the increasing pervasiveness of globalization, secularization, and cultural changes. Today Mormonism is one of the major religions in America, and continues to grow internationally. However, though the church itself remains strong, it is elusive to those of other faiths. Here, a seasoned author and third-generation Mormon sheds light on the everyday lives and practices of faithful Mormons. Bushman's readers will come away with a more thorough appreciation of what it means to be Mormon in the modern world.

Much misunderstood, Mormonism had a colorful beginning in the 19th century, as a visionary named Joseph Smith founded and built a community of believers with their own unique faith. In the late-20th century, the church had to come to terms with its own growth and organization, as well as with the increasing pervasiveness of globalization, secularization, and cultural changes. Today Mormonism is one of the major religions in America, and one that continues to grow internationally. However, though the church itself remains strong, it is elusive to those of other faiths. Here, a seasoned author and third-generation Mormon sheds light on the everyday lives and practices of faithful Mormons. Bushman's readers will come away with a more thorough appreciation of what it means to be Mormon in the modern world.

Following Brigham Young into the Great Basin and founding communities that have endured for over 100 years, Mormons have forged a rich history in this country even as they built communities around the world. But the origins of this faith and those who adhere to it remain mysterious to many in the United States. Bushman allows readers a vivid glimpse into the lives of Mormons--their beliefs, rituals, and practices, as well as their views on race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexual orientation. The voices of actual Mormons reveal much about their inspiration, devotion, patriotism, individualism, and conservatism. With its mythical history and unlikely success, many wonder what has made this religion endure through the years. Here, readers will find answers to their questions about what it means to be Mormon in contemporary America.

 

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Contents

ENCOUNTERING THE MORMONS
1
IDENTITY BELIEFS AND ORGANIZATION
13
FAMILIES
37
THE MISSIONARY EXPERIENCE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CHURCH
57
TEMPLES AND GENEALOGY
75
RACE ETHNICITY AND CLASS
91
GENDER AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION
111
THE PUBLIC FACES OF MORMONISM
131
THE INTELLECTUAL ACTIVITIES OF RECENT YEARS
147
THE CITY OF ZION
163
THE CHURCH AT ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTYFIVE
177
CHRONOLOGY
189
NOTES
201
INDEX
235
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CLAUDIA L. BUSHMAN is Professor of American Studies at Columbia University and the author of Mormons in America, Building the Kingdom: A History of Mormons in America, and other books and articles. She is the former director of the Delaware Heritage Commission.

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