Professor Patrick Mason
FRIDAY | FEBRUARY 5, 2021 | 7:30-9:00 pm MST
Every generation must rediscover the gospel anew. What is the Restoration meant to look like and – more importantly – do in the 21st century?
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The Restoration began in the spring of 1820, when Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in a grove of trees in upstate New York. Joseph had questions, and Jesus had answers. That was two hundred years ago. Every generation must rediscover the gospel anew, and breathe new life into well-worn beliefs and practices. What is the Restoration meant to be and do in its third century? How can a church with less than one percent of the world’s population be true? We will have a better sense of what the Restoration means, and what our participation is meant to look like, when we come to understand that the ultimate aim of the Restoration is the restore our Heavenly Parents’ children, especially the marginalized and vulnerable among us, to wholeness.
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ABOUT PATRICK MASON
Patrick Mason is the author of several books for academic and Latter-day Saint audiences, including Restoration: God’s Call to the 21st-Century World, Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt, and What Is Mormonism? A Student’s Introduction. He holds the Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University, where he is an associate professor of religious studies and history. A Utah native, Mason was trained in American history at Brigham Young University and the University of Notre Dame. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Romania, has served on the boards of the Mormon History Association and Dialogue Foundation, and is an advisor and contributor to Faith Matters. He lives with his wife Melissa and their four children in Logan.
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