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Social and Political Views among Current and Former Mormons

Jana Riess

in The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190885205
eISBN:
9780190938277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885205.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses the social and political views among current and former Mormons. Since World War II, Mormons have been recognized for their conservative moral values, staunch patriotism, and ... More


Exodus: Millennial Former Mormons

Jana Riess

in The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190885205
eISBN:
9780190938277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885205.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on millennial former Mormons. As many as half of millennials who were raised Mormon may be leaving the faith, which is a significant change from older generations, which retained ... More


The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church

Jana Riess

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190885205
eISBN:
9780190938277
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885205.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

American Millennials—the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s—have been leaving organized religion in unprecedented numbers. For a long time, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was an ... More


Rites of Passage and the LDS Temple

Jana Riess

in The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190885205
eISBN:
9780190938277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885205.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter looks at Mormons' experiences in the Latter-day Saints (LDS) temple. Whereas regular Sunday services are open to the public at thousands of LDS chapel meetinghouses around the world, ... More


Single Mormons in a Married Church

Jana Riess

in The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190885205
eISBN:
9780190938277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885205.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on the journey of many single adult Mormons, wherein the “plan of happiness” they imbibed when they were younger included a partner who never materialized for them in adulthood. ... More


Rainbow Fault Lines: LGBT Inclusion

Jana Riess

in The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190885205
eISBN:
9780190938277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885205.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter details the evolving views on homosexuality within Latter-day Saints. For most younger Mormons now who are gay, acceptance is slightly more likely than it was even in the recent past. ... More


The Realignment of Mormon Religious Authority

Jana Riess

in The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190885205
eISBN:
9780190938277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885205.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines how young adult Mormons regard ecclesiastical authority differently than older Mormons do. Mormons stand apart from many other faiths because they believe their leaders are the ... More


Introduction: The Changing Face of Mormonism in America

Jana Riess

in The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190885205
eISBN:
9780190938277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885205.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the millennial generation of Latter-day Saints in America. There's abundant evidence that young Mormons are often profoundly religious, and that many ... More


The Continuity of Religious Belief

Jana Riess

in The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190885205
eISBN:
9780190938277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885205.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses how strong religious belief is among Mormon millennials and what factors may help to sustain that faith, including education, geography, and relationships. Mormon doctrine may ... More


Called to Serve: The Missionary Experience

Jana Riess

in The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190885205
eISBN:
9780190938277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885205.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the personal sacrifice that is required of Latter-day Saints (LDS) missionaries, and the deep faith that sees them through tough times; the positive feelings most missionaries ... More


Millennial Women and Shifting Gender Expectations

Jana Riess

in The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190885205
eISBN:
9780190938277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885205.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter addresses sexism in Mormon culture. Dedicated to a particular version of family values in which women are seen as primarily responsible for bearing and nurturing children, Mormonism is ... More


Navigating Religious Practice for a New Generation

Jana Riess

in The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190885205
eISBN:
9780190938277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885205.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores the push–pull relationship of behavior and belief in Mormonism. Adherence to expected behaviors, like sexual abstinence before marriage and keeping the religion's strict dietary ... More


Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Elizabeth Fenton and Jared Hickman (eds)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

As the sacred text of a modern religious movement of global reach, The Book of Mormon has undeniable historical significance. That significance, this volume shows, is inextricable from the intricacy ... More


Thunder from the Right: Ezra Taft Benson in Mormonism and Politics

Matthew L. Harris (ed.)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780252042256
eISBN:
9780252051081
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042256.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The essays in this volume probe Ezra Taft Benson’s remarkable, though controversial, career as a religious leader in the Mormon Church, political figure in the Eisenhower administration, and ... More


Introduction: A Boy Who Asked God a Question

Steven C. Harper

in First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780199329472
eISBN:
9780190063092
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199329472.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Joseph Smith (1805–44), founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormonism, remembered that his first audible prayer, uttered in the woods near his parents’ home in western New ... More


First Communication: The 1835 Account

Steven C. Harper

in First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780199329472
eISBN:
9780190063092
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199329472.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The long shadow cast by the minister’s rejection explains why Smith’s memory formed and re-formed as it did in the context of later experiences. In 1835 Joseph Smith consolidated, and his scribe ... More


Kinship, The Book of Mormon, and Modern Revelation

Nancy Bentley

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

What relations do modern Americans have to dead ancestors? In the first half of the nineteenth century, this question preoccupied authors of many stripes, from ethnologist Lewis Henry Morgan, to ... More


Nephites and Israelites: The Book of Mormon and the Hebraic Indian Theory

Elizabeth Fenton

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

This essay reads The Book of Mormon within the context of a popular early American discourse: the Hebraic Indian theory. Theories about the origins of Native peoples emerged as soon as Europeans ... More


“Great Cause to Mourn”: The Complexity of The Book of Mormon’s Presentation of Gender and Race

Kimberly M. Berkey and Joseph M. Spencer

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

As is often noted, The Book of Mormon attaches normative value to whiteness and generally ignores women’s spirituality. This essay insists, however, that the book’s presentation of gender and race ... More


“We’re Going to Take Our Land Back Over”: Indigenous Positionality, the Ethnography of Reading, and The Book of Mormon

Stanley J. Thayne

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

Reading is a cultural activity, meaning that we read from a particular space and cultural positionality. An ethnography of reading, then, takes into account how one’s positionality affects one’s ... More


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