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

Melvyn Hammarberg


The Mormon Quest for Glory breaks new ground in Mormon studies by examining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints primarily through the lens of anthropology rather than church history. This shift in perspective unlocks the experiences of ordinary members of the Church as they “put [their] shoulder to the wheel,” to reference a popular Mormon song (Hymn 252). The first distinguishing feature of this book recognizes that belief in “individual agency” provides the motivational power characteristic of Latter-day Saints, culminating in rites of anticipation as they seek entry ... More

Keywords: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon studies, anthropology, individual agency, rites of anticipation, ethnographic approach, personal interviews, insider’s conceptual understanding, person-centred analysis, sequential stages, mortality, identity formation, Mormon identity, temple rituals, plan of salvation, lives of service, transformation, kingdom of God

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199737628
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737628.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melvyn Hammarberg, author
University of Pennsyllvania