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Even though the majority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 15 million members of record live outside of the United States, most scholarship on the church has focused on the theologies, histories, lived experiences, and institutions of Mormons in the United States. To address this significant vacuum in research and scholarship, CGU’s Mormon Studies program is working to promote original historical, sociological, anthropological, and theological research on the international (non-US) manifestations of Mormonism, focusing primarily on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members.

This emerging field of global Mormon studies seeks to understand and give voice to Mormonism in its many international contexts, and to consider how Mormonism engages with issues of global significance, including religious freedom, democratization, secularization, gender equality, comparative religious belief and worship, and violence and peace-building.