Category: International Mormonism

210: On The Edge: Melissa Inouye

Melissa Inouye is Chinese, Japanese American and grew up as Mormon in California, aware of her cultural and ethnic differences from the general LDS population. Melissa reflects on the experience of growing up Asian in the LDS Church along with…

209: Creating Religious Pollution: The LDS Church & Latin America: Samy Galvez

Low retention and a failure to contextualize means that the LDS Church continues to be a minority faith tradition in Latin America.   Missionaries who are called to serve from nations outside,  are more often than not culturally incompetent to…

208: Transplanting Mormonism: Missions and Culture: Prof. Laurie Maffly-Kipp

Laurie Maffly-Kipp is the Archer Alexander distinguished Professor at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics in St. Louis.  As an observer of Mormonism, she has researched Mormon mission and the way that the LDS Church replicates it self…

207: A White Supremacist Church No More?: Moroni Benally

On August 15, 2017 the LDS church issued the following statement: “White supremacist attitudes are morally wrong and sinful, and we condemn them. Church members who promote or pursue a “white culture” or white supremacy agenda are not in harmony with…

205: Joseph Smith the Occultish Bricoleur: Sheldon Kent

Lancaster University PhD student, Sheldon Kent discusses the esoteric and mystical influences abroad during the early days of Mormonism.   In particular, he discusses Emmanual Swedenborg and the impact that this 18th-century philosopher and church man had on Joseph Smith’s…

202: Stages of Faith, God and Church: What to do when things change: Pastor Alan Jamieson

Dr Alan Jamieson is the senior pastor at the South West Baptist Church in Christchurch, New Zealand.  He is an author of multiple books on faith development. He took an interest in why people leave the church as a young…

200: Online Unchurched Mormonism: Lindsay Hansen Park & Natasha Helfer-Parker

Mormons all over the world are gathering online in increasing numbers.   They do this to process their past, present and future relationships with the church.  It is online that they find people who understand their growing or changing faith…

199: Global Mormonism: Lindy Yamamoto and Robert Slaven – Sleeping Next to an Elephant (Canada)

Too often the unique cultural identity of Canadian Mormonism gets lost in the noise of their neighbours to the South.  In 1977 Canadian author Margaret Atwood, said of the United States: “About the only position, they have adopted towards us,…

198: Global Mormonism: Chantal Muller-Mukamurera – Living Graciously with Change (Rwanda & Germany)

Chantal Mukamurera is Rwandan.  She was born in Burundi, raised in Rwanda and grew up in Germany where she joined the LDS Church and married.  She’s been Catholic, Mormon and is now preparing for the priesthood ordination in the Community…

196 & 197: Global Mormonism: Azul Uribe – What Does Belonging Mean? (A Bicultural US Mexican Deportee)

When Azul Uribe was 11 years old she was sent from Mexico to live with her Grandmother in the US.  She lived there for 15 years when she tragically discovered that she was undocumented.  After a 2.5 year battle in…