Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2000

Mormon America: How Is The Reporting In The New Nationally Published Tome On Mormonism?

Mormon America: How Is The Reporting In The New Nationally Published Tome On Mormonism? Last fall, nationally respected HarperSanFrancisco published Mormon America: The Power and the Promise by veteran Time religion writer Richard Ostling and journalist/editor Joan Ostling. After sketching Mormon history, with the balance and judgment of long-time Mormon watchers, the authors chronicle the …

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Wendy and the Lost Girls

Wendy and the Lost Girls This essay is an examination, with commentary, on the text of a suit filed by the “Citizens of Nebo School District for Moral and Legal Values” against a high school psychology teacher and volleyball coach, Wendy Weaver, who “came out” publicly as a lesbian in 1997. Matthew Hilton, a local …

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Sub-ordination: Mormon Women’s Historical Relationship with Spiritual Gifts and Priesthood Authority

Sub-ordination: Mormon Women’s Historical Relationship with Spiritual Gifts and Priesthood Authority In spite of the work that has been done to chronicle Mormon women’s use of spiritual gifts in early church history, some questions regarding the rise and demise of these gifts remain unanswered. I argue that spiritual gifts were initially available to lay members …

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Joseph Smith as Public Speaker

Joseph Smith as Public Speaker This essay presents a historical context and critique of Joseph Smith as public speaker and rhetorician. Smith’s “King Follett Discourse” is used as a case in point. It was discovered that Joseph Smith did not fit the generally accepted mold for effective orators of his day but was still able …

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The Academic Study Of Religion: Prospects And Perils

The Academic Study Of Religion: Prospects And Perils The recent announcement that early steps have been taken toward establishing a Mormon Studies program at Utah Valley State College has generated much excitement among many who have long felt a need for such a program at one of Utah’s state schools, but it has also raised …

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Lucy’s Memoir: A Family Tree

Lucy’s Memoir: A Family Tree Lucy Mack Smith began dictating her family memoir within months after the assassinations of Joseph and Hyrum Smith and finished it the next year. This paper traces its surviving versions: notebooks, a rough draft, an intermediate manuscript, and two fair copies. (One came to Utah and has never been published. …

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The Real Olympics Scandal

The Real Olympics Scandal The bribery scandal aside, is the Mormon culture mature enough to host an international event, or does local hubris keep it from being a world-class community? Ron Molen, Rob Bishop

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From Belgrade to Sandy: Observations of an Outsider

From Belgrade to Sandy: Observations of an Outsider In June 1995, I relocated from the Netherlands to Sandy, Utah, due to a romantic coincidence. My move to Sandy resulted in my being submerged into the sea of Mormania. To that time, my contact with “the Church” had been limited to a few open-door meetings with …

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