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 study of 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 religious world 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 a comprehensive picture of the religious world of the Latter-Day Saints.
Associate Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania
Chapter 1: The Religious Culture of the Latter-day Saints ; Chapter 2: The Life Plan of the Latter-day Saints ; Chapter 3: Becoming a Latter-day Saint ; Chapter 4: I Am A Child of God ; Chapter 5: Choose the Right ; Chapter 6: We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet ; Chapter 7: For the Strength of Youth ; Chapter 8: Endowed from on High ; Chapter 9: Preach My Gospel ; Chapter 10: Becoming a Convert ; Chapter 11: A New and Everlasting Covenant ; Chapter 12: Disciplinary Councils ; Chapter 13: Lives of Service ; Chapter 14: 'Till We Meet Again ; References ; Scriptural References ; Appendix