The readings below provided excellent preparation for discussions at the LDS EuroSeminar. They were written from a perspective of faith, intelligence, and love for the children of God, by European and US members of the LDS faith who come from wide-ranging backgrounds. One of the key benefits of the readings was that it helped generate a common vocabulary — or better yet, an accessible shared perspective — to use in talking and thinking about things of serious spiritual and intellectual concern. Certainly there are other readings that can do much the same, but we were fortunate to have several of the authors in our midst in London, including: Medlir Mema, Hans Noot, Wilfried Decoo, and James Faulconer.

We gratefully acknowledge the author and publisher permissions we have received to make these readings available at this site.

Decoo, Wilfried. “Mormons in Europe.” In The Oxford Handbook on Mormonism, ed. Philip L. Barlow and Terryl L. Givens, 543-558. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2015. 

Faulconer, Jim. “The Atheological Character of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” Element 2, no. 2 (Fall 2006): 21-37.

Hansen, Noot, and Mema. “The Church’s Cultural Challenges in Europe.” In The Worldwide Church: Mormonism as a Global Religion, ed. Michael A. Goodman and Mauro Properzi, 309-330. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young Univeristy, 2016.

Givens, Terryl. “The Global Church,” in The Worldwide Church: Mormonism as a Global Religion, ed. Michael A. Goodman and Mauro Properzi, 425-442. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young Univeristy, 2016.

Givens,Terryl. “The Use and Abuse of Reason.” In The Crucible of Doubt, 11-21. Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Company, 2014.

Kearon, Patrick. “Refuge from the Storm.” 2016 April General Conference. 

Nibley, Hugh. “Educating the Saints.BYU Studies Quaterly 11, no. 1 (1971): 61-87. 

Uchtdorf, Dieter F. “The Church in a Cross-Cultural World,” in Global Mormonism in the 21st Century, ed. Reid L. Neilson, 294-306. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young Univeristy, 2008.

Bushman, Richard. “Embracing a ‘radiant’ Mormonism” in Deseret News, November 16, 2017.