Heaton, Tim B.,Hoffman, John P.,Jacobson, Cardell K.
Revisiting Thomas F. O'Dea's : The Mormons Contemporary Perspectives
Salt Lake City
The University of Utah Press
This chapter introduces Thomas O'Dea's work that focused primarily on the U.S. LDS Church, reflecting demographies of his time. However, O'Dea foresaw a shift in the LDS faith from the Utah Zion to international areas and the transplantation of church structures and programs developed in Utah into international cultural settings. This chapter discusses the challenges and opportunities that this shift has produced.