The Mormon Quest for Glory: The Religious World of the Latter-Day Saints by Melvyn Hammarberg

The Mormon Quest for Glory: The Religious World of the Latter-Day Saints

byMelvyn Hammarberg

Hardcover | July 15, 2013

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has 6 million members in the United States today (and 13 million worldwide). Yet, while there has been extensive study of Mormon history, comparatively little scholarly attention has been paid to contemporary Mormons. The best sociological studyof Mormon life, Thomas O'Dea's The Mormons, is now over fifty years old. What is it like to be a Mormon in America today? Melvyn Hammarberg attempts to answer this question by offering an ethnography of contemporary Mormons. In The Mormon Quest for Glory Hammarberg examines Mormon history, rituals, social organization, family connections, gender roles, artistic traditions, use of media, and missionary work. He writes as a sympathetic outsider who has studied Mormon life for decades, and strives to explain the religiousworld of the Latter-Day Saints through the lens of their own spiritual understanding. Drawing on a survey, participant observation, interviews, focus groups, attendance at religious gatherings, diaries, church periodicals, lesson manuals, and other church literature, Hammarberg aims to present acomprehensive picture of the religious world of the Latter-Day Saints.

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Melvyn Hammarberg is Associate Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania .

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Title:The Mormon Quest for Glory: The Religious World of the Latter-Day SaintsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:402 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Religious Culture of the Latter-day Saints2. The Life Plan of the Latter-day Saints3. Becoming a Latter-day Saint4. I Am A Child of God5. Choose the Right6. We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet7. For the Strength of Youth8. Endowed from on High9. Preach My Gospel10. Becoming a Convert11. A New and Everlasting Covenant12. Disciplinary Councils13. Lives of Service14. 'Till We Meet AgainReferencesScriptural ReferencesAppendix