The Latter-day Saint Image in the British Mind

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by Malcolm Adcock and Fred E. Woods

Available September 20, 2022, in paperback and ebook


  • “A welcome, careful, and accessible account of the transformation and growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the changing attitudes of British culture towards this community.” — The Reverend Dr. Andrew Teal
  • “Essential reading for students of religious history in Britain.” — Michael Otterson

Book Description:

Since the coming forth of the Book of Mormon in 1830, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has added millions of people to its global membership. Crucial to its initial growth were converts from Great Britain who emigrated to join with other Latter-day Saints in the United States. Many, however, also stayed in the United Kingdom in order to establish a presence of the Church there.

In The Latter-day Saint Image in the British Mind, authors Malcolm Adcock and Fred E. Woods explore the multifaceted perspectives of British people outside of the Latter-day Saint faith tradition and how these people’s perceptions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members generally have improved over time. In doing so, they present historical accounts, particularly through literature, film, and media reviews depicting Latter-day Saints and their faith. In addition, they utilize over a hundred face-to-face interviews and surveys of over a thousand Brits to determine how citizens of the United Kingdom perceive the Church in the twenty-first century.


Praise for The Latter-day Saint Image in the British Mind:

The Latter-day Saint Image in the British Mind is a welcome, careful, and accessible account of the transformation and growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the changing attitudes of British culture towards this community. . . . This well-written, carefully-evidenced book provides a broad and hopeful foundation for the future mission of Latter-day Saints in Britain, and invites us to continue to commit to witness and service together, and to grow in authentic love and appreciation of one another. I commend it wholeheartedly.” — The Reverend Dr. Andrew Teal, Chaplain, Fellow, & Lecturer in Theology, Pembroke College
“Once feared and rejected in the 1800s, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has become one of the most vibrant and respected faiths in the United Kingdom today. The authors’ compelling story of this remarkable transformation is essential reading for students of religious history in Britain.” — Michael Otterson, former managing director of Public Affairs, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Journalist and Author

About the Authors:

Malcolm Adcock is a public affairs professional and writer, who has helped shape communications strategy for global organizations. Heading the UK-based Communication office for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he works with senior government representatives and national media. Malcolm graduated from Kent Law School and has a background as a BBC journalist and producer. He is a Member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Fred E. Woods obtained a PhD from the University of Utah in 1991. Currently a BYU professor of Church History and Doctrine, he has been a visiting teaching and research professor at several universities. From 2005 to 2010 Fred held the BYU Richard L. Evans Professorship of Religious Understanding. He is a prolific author with over 150 articles and many books to his credit, and he often produces documentary films to augment his historical work.

 


More Information:

ISBN: 978-1-58958-558-4 (paperback); 978-1-58958-559-1 (hardcover)

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