‘Mormon Land’: LDS scholar Melissa Inouye on building a truly global religion and addressing gender issues in church culture

(Courtesy photo) Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has more than 16.3 million members worldwide, but it still is seen by many as an American, even Utah, religion.

How does the faith become truly global and allow cultural differences in its congregations and worship while still maintaining unity?

Latter-day Saint scholar Melissa Inouye not only thinks and writes a lot about that challenge, she has lived it as well.

A teacher of Asian studies at the University of Auckland, Inouye has lived in Taiwan, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Southern California, Boston, Utah and, of course, now, New Zealand, so she knows a thing or two firsthand about how Mormonism functions in the world.

She addresses that topic, the place of women in the patriarchal faith, church as a “safe setting,” LGBTQ issues and more in this week’s “Mormon Land” and in her new book, “Crossings: A Bald Asian American Latter-day Saint Woman Scholar’s Ventures Through Life, Death, Cancer and Motherhood (Not Necessarily in That Order).”

Listen here: