Mormonism in Europe: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

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List of Authors: Irén E. Annus, David M. Morris, Kim B. Östman
Editors: Irén E. Annus, David M. Morris, Kim B. Östman
Place: Szeged
Publication year: 2018
Publisher: AMERICANA eBooks
ISBN: 978-615-5423-48-2
eISBN: 978-615-5423-50-5


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest
institutional expression of Mormonism, a religion born in the United
States through Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805–1844). Present in Europe since
1837, it entered through Great Britain and later extended its work to
the continental and Scandinavian nations.

The new religion first called for believers to emigrate to America
and to participate in building a Zion there, with tens of thousands of
Europeans making the journey. Eventually this push to emigrate was
replaced by the aim of building a stable church organization – a local
Zion – in each European country. Today, the 500,000 Latter-day Saints on
the books in Europe are part of a global religion, one that seeks to
balance its American roots and center in Utah with the needs of
adherents worldwide.

What did Mormonism’s early arrival in different countries entail?
What was personal conversion like and what was emigration’s role in it?
Which non-Utah expressions of Mormonism have made a mark on the European
scene? What is Mormonism’s place in modern European countries, and how
does it fit with their native cultures? How does that fit affect its
prospects for future success? This volume showcases the Old Continent’s
cultures encountering a religion from the New World, as interpreted by
recognized experts in Mormon Studies.


European studies, Mormonism, Religion in Finland, Sociology of religion

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