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A collection of RadioWest conversations about LDS history, faith, and culture.

LDS Missions

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Two men with white shirts and name badges may be *the* stereotype of Mormons. 85,000 missionaries are currently proselytizing for the LDS Church, but that’s not all a mission is for. The scholar Patrick Mason says it’s a rite of passage, as much about making and keeping the missionary a member of the church as it is recruiting new converts. Monday, Mason and historian Greg Prince join Doug to discuss the history of LDS missions, what’s changing and what it all means for the young men and women who serve.

Patrick Mason is the Howard W Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. He's co-author of War and Peace in Our Time: Mormon Perspectives [Indiebound|Amazon] and The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South [Indiebound|Amazon]

Gregory Prince is an independent historian and the author of David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism [Indiebound|Amazon] and Power from on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood [Indiebound|Amazon]

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Visit VideoWest for the story of one missionary. In 1974, Tom Clark served his mission in Italy. While he was there, he met a young communist named Gianni and had to make a heart-wrenching decision between his church and his his love. Directed by Utah filmmaker Genea Gaudet and co-produced by VideoWest. Watch it here

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.