‘Mormon Land’: Scholar discusses the ‘ongoing restoration’ and how the LDS Church can change

Religious expert Patrick Mason talks about his new book, including why the faith needs to discard the baggage of racism, sexism and colonialism.

(Jeremy Harmon | Tribune file photo) Scholar Patrick Mason speaks while recording the 100th episode of the "Mormon Land" podcast in 2019. The religious scholar has a new book titled "Restoration: God's Call to the 21st-Century World."

In his new book, “Restoration: God’s Call to the 21st-Century World,” scholar Patrick Mason explains how 16.5 million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can — with help from the billions of others across the globe — “renovate the world.”

Mason emphasizes that while Mormonism’s “ongoing restoration” is more about looking forward than backward, the church and its members must discard some historical and cultural baggage, including racism, sexism and colonialism, to reach its ultimate destination.

He also calls on Latter-day Saints to take up the cause of the “Messiah of the marginalized” and lift all the children of their Heavenly Parents.

Mason, head of Mormon history and culture at Utah State University, joins this week’s podcast to talk about his book, these topics and more.

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