Beliefs Culture Jana Riess: Flunking Sainthood Opinion

Upcoming talks about Mormon Millennials in Oakland, SoCal, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Sal …

 

I’ve got a number of upcoming speaking engagements that are tied to The Next Mormons research on Millennials, and I hope I’ll see you at one of them (and that you’ll come up to say hello).

Most of these talks will be an introduction to what we’ve learned about Mormon Millennials:

  • How are they different from older Mormons, and from other Millennials?
  • Is it true that more of them are leaving the LDS Church than young adult Mormons have done in the past?
  • Are they waiting longer to get married, or having fewer children?
  • Are they serving missions, keeping the Word of Wisdom, and embracing most Mormon beliefs?

I’m looking forward to lots of questions and to some vigorous dialogue about where Mormonism is now, and where it might be going.

As an update on the project, last week I handed in the manuscript for The Next Mormons book to Oxford, and publication should happen in March of 2019. It feels great to be at this stage after so many months of hard-core writing. I’ve got some revisions ahead, but at least it’s off my desk for a little while.

Upcoming dates include:

  • Oakland, CA. Sunday, March 4. I‘m speaking a week from tomorrow (Sunday, March 4) at the LDS East Bay Interstake Center in Oakland, CA. It’s at 5 p.m. because I think there is a famous musician giving a concert in the same building right afterward — I may stay to hear that myself.
  • Cincinnati. Friday, March 30,  7 p.m. Details TBA.
  • SoCal/Fullerton. Friday, April 6. 7:30. Fairway Village Clubhouse, 2730 Fairway Isles Dr., Fullerton, CA 92835. Details are here
  • SoCal/La Canada Flintridge, Saturday, April 7. 7:30. Details are here.
  • McKinney, Texas (Dallas area). Friday May 18. 110 E. Davis Street, McKinney, TX 75070. Details are here
  • Arlington, Texas. Saturday, May 19. 3804 Indian Springs Trail. Details are here
  • Salt Lake City, “Think Again Faith Again,” Sunday June 3. Details will be announced here closer to the date.

All of these events are free and open to the public. Hope you can make it and be part of these conversations!

 


Some findings from the Next Mormons Survey:

 

About the author

Jana Riess

Senior columnist Jana Riess is the author of many books, including "The Prayer Wheel" (2018) and "The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church," which will be published by Oxford University Press in March 2019. She has a PhD in American religious history from Columbia University.

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  • One can only hope they accept the reality of their situation that their religion is nothing more than a business cult fronted as a religion, said religion being based on the mythical revelations by the mythical angel Moroni to one of the great con artists of all time, one Joseph Smith.

  • AND THE INFAMOUS ANGELIC/SATANIC CONS CONTINUE
    TO WREAK STUPIDITY UPON THE WORLD

    Joe Smith had his Moroni and Satan/Perdition/Lucifer. (As does M. Romney)

    “Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah.”

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being
    created by God and of course Satan and his demons.

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this “tin-kerbell” got around) and of course the
    jinn.

    Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern
    day demon of the demented. (As do BO and his family)(As do Biden and Ryan)

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other “no-namers” to
    do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these “pretty
    wingie/ugly/horn-blowing thingies” to the myth pile. We should do the same
    to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals.
    Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders
    and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

  • You must be a fat, plimply-faced nerd living in your Moma’s basement on delivery pizza or so old you no longer have to work and just spend all day looking for places to spew your shit all over the web. I could probably read through comments faster if I blocked you and then couldn’t see yours!

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