Discussion Questions

  1. How does the founding of Mormonism reflect social changes taking place in America during the early 19th century?
  2. Why do you think the early Mormon community faced hostility from other Americans?

    • Explain this observation from the documentary: "[Mormons are the] embodiment of what it means to be American."
    • What do you think accounts for changes in Americans' perception of the Mormon community?
  3. What internal and external factors led The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to change its policies and permit blacks to join the priesthood? What has been the impact of this new policy?
  4. Why do you think The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints modified its logo?
  5. What is the role of missionaries in the church? What challenges do missionaries face?
  6. What is the Mormon view on gays, feminists and intellectuals in their community? How does the church address dissent on these views?
  7. Consider the development of Mormonism. Why do you think the family unit became a critical component of Mormonism?
  8. Why did the Mormon Church vigorously lobby against the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s?