Instead, it can be observed that the social environment changed, and the Mormons simply adapted to this social environment change in their society (Brehm & Eisenhauer, 2006:406).
Based on McConkie and Boss's (2006) analysis of Mormon culture at present, it was observed that Mormons still observed the basic theological principles that Mormons of the early years (i.e., fundamentalist years) have practiced. That is, they still subsisted to the belief that "[t]he doctrine that God continues to speak, by revelation, to Apostles and Prophets in this day...An underlying doctrinal theme that men and women are agents of Deity..." (110). This passage illustrated that among Mormons, there is consensus that there is a need 'to change constantly,' because it is only through change that the church of Mormons can grow, which is the ultimate (even central) goal of the religious institution.
Thus, change is already an inherent feature in Mormon culture, even before it assumed a fundamentalist stance. Malan (2006) seconded McConkie and Boss's assertion, by adding that...
This finding about Mormon culture proves once again that change is an active feature of the religion, and because change is inherent, the religion then becomes susceptible to social environmental changes occurring in the society at a given period or at a specific point in time. Quinn asserted further that as leadership changes in LDS, the religious culture also becomes susceptible to change. In effect, there are external (socio-cultural changes) and internal (leadership changes) changes that make LDS an ever-changing organization/institution. That is why its fundamentalist nature from the 19th to early 20th centuries was a result of the social influence occurring in Western societies, wherein fundamentalism was influential and popular at the time. Its popularity in the LDS, then, lasted only until the time that it gradually decreased influence over Western societies as well.
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