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Mercy without End: Toward a More Inclusive Church
by Lavina Fielding Anderson
Signature Books, 2020
Paper: 978-1-56085-283-4 | eISBN: 978-1-56085-382-4
Library of Congress Classification BX8656
Dewey Decimal Classification 289.332


These eighteen essays span more than thirty years of Lavina Fielding Anderson’s concerns about and reflections on issues of inclusiveness in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including her own excommunication for “apostasy” in 1993, followed by twenty-five years of continued attendance at weekly LDS ward meetings. Written with a taste for irony and an eye for documentation, the essays are timeless snapshots of sometimes controversial issues, beginning with official resistance to professionally researched Mormon history in the 1980s. They underscore unanswered questions about gender equality and repeatedly call attention to areas in which the church does not live up to its better self. Compassionately and responsibly, it calls Anderson’s beloved religion back to its holiest nature.

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