Tolstoy — referring to the scrappy/crazy 19th century version — called Mormonism “the American religion,” and he decidedly did not mean that as a compliment. But the modern church still deserves the title.
His 120 year old words are sound today.
The leaders should concede that most parts of the mormon thinking/worldview are outlandish for non-americans. For example in Europe - I don't know how does an Asian think about strangers - the whole pioneer roots
thing doesn't work. The tradition
here was built on 600-800-1000 years old towns, not on ox-carts, virgin lands and cowboys.
"The Book of Mitt" wouldn't become a bestseller here.
Edited to add:
Why is this telestial?