The so-called “Mormon Moment” of 2011 and 2012 has involved sojourns into the doctrines, theology, history, everyday practices, sociology, and scandals of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with guides both ignorant and well-informed about Mormonism, both sympathetic and hostile to its people. Like it or not, such a response to phenomena such as The Book of Mormon musical and Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy was predictable and may prove beneficial to the development of Mormonism as a religious “player” in the United States. But how are members of the LDS Church themselves responding to this moment in the spotlight? What do they make of it? What can they make of it? This panel attempts to answer those questions.
Russell Arben Fox, McKay Coppins, D. Christian Harrison, Jeremiah John