Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Mormon Studies Review


Modern Mormonism, mormon culture, LDS faith


Patrick Q. Mason opens the introduction to Out of Obscurity with a few short words and phrases. They include Joseph Smith, polygamy, golden plates, The Book of Mormon musical, Mitt Romney, and Proposition 8. Mason’s point is that Americans know a lot about the controversial origins of Mormonism and a lot about the impact that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has had on recent American politics. They don’t know much about what has transpired in between. Mason is exactly right. This book represents the efforts of Mason, coeditor John G. Turner, and thirteen other scholars to explain how Mormons, in the decades since the end of World War II, have emerged as one of the world’s most influential religious movements with over fifteen million members who are transforming cultures in the United States and abroad.