Demographic and Gender-Related Trends: Their Effect on Nations, Regions, and the International System
Poverty: Challenges for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Tim B. Heaton and Mallory J. Meyer
Caring for the Poor and Needy in the Growing International Church
Part 2: Public Perceptions and Relations
The Church in the Twenty-First Century: Public Perceptions and the "Man with the Stamp"
Lance B. Wickman
Private Humanitarian Initiatives and International Perceptions of the Church
Warner P. Woodworth
Out of Obscurity: Perspectives of Asia
Anthony D. Perkins
In the Public Eye: How the Church Is Handling Increased Global Visibility
Part 3: Peacemaking and Diplomacy
By Persuasion, Long-Suffering, Meekness, and Love: On Diplomacy
Cory W. Leonard
International Diplomacy and the Church
Robert S. Wood
Women's Weapons of Peace
Dialogue: Religion as Peacemaker
Robert A. Rees and Gordon C. Thomasson
Part 4: Religious Freedom and Oppression
"Let The Worship How, Where, or What They May"
Protection of Religious Liberties: Current Initiatives
W. Cole Durham Jr.
Erosion of Religious Freedom: Impact on Churches
Michael K. Young
Religious Liberty Initiatives: Preserving the "First Freedom" at Home and Abroad
Hannah Clayson Smith
Part 5: Growth and Globalization
Migration- It's in Our Blood: Implications for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ted E. Lyon
Sources of Tension between the West and the Islamic World
Daniel C. Peterson
The Church and the Global Community
"Organize yourselves According to the Laws of Man" (D&C 44:4): Ethical Challenges in Establishing the International Church
Adesina J. Olukani
"Challenges, Opportunities, and the International Church"
Dennis B. Neunschwander
Appendix 1: When the World Will Be Converted"
Spencer W. Kimball
Appendix 2: Past LDS International Society Conferences, 1990-2015
About the Book
In 1974, President Spencer W. Kimball called for Latter-day Saints to “lengthen our stride.” When he delivered this landmark address, he encouraged all Latter-day Saints to think bigger, broader, and bolder about the ongoing globalization of the Church. Since President Kimball’s clarion call, the geographical distribution and facial complexion of the Church spread and evolved. The still largely Intermountain West Church that President Kimball began to lead in 1974 looked very different from the Church four decades later. Ongoing global growth continues to be one of the Church’s greatest opportunities (and challenges), just as President Kimball anticipated. This book is a compilation of addresses presented to the LDS International Society, a group that meets to discuss and share their best thinking about the past, present, and future of the global Church.
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