Category: International Mormonism

244: Uncovering a Doctrine of Black Priesthood Denial: Newell Bringhurst

Historian Newell Bringhurst discusses the background to his seminal work, “Saints, Slave and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People Within Mormonism.” Originally published in 1980, Newell’s important contribution to racial politics in the LDS Church is being republished by…

219: Growing up Tongan in Salt Lake City: Moana Uluave Hafoka

With the promise of education, social mobility and gathering in Zion, many Tongan and Samoan Mormons have made Utah their home.  But what are the challenges for Polynesians growing up in Salt Lake where wealth, church leadership, education, and opportunity…

216: From Mormon Missionary to Catholic Priest: Rima Tamaiparea-Puki

Tom Christofferson’s spiritual journey as a gay man took him from Mormonism, out, and back again.  Rima Tamaiparea-Puki’s spiritual journey as a gay man took him from Catholicism to Mormonism and back to Catholicism through the Reformed Old Catholic Church. …

215: When a Former Mormon Becomes Your Prime Minister: Reflections on Jacinda Ardern and the LDS Church in New Zealand

Ganeshji Cherian, Sarah Howard, Quintin Howard and Nathan McCluskey discuss the cultural mismatch of American Mormon culture with New Zealand culture in the wake of Jacinda Ardern’s becoming the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

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…