Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2002

Disentangling Mormon Cultural Artifacts from the Gospel

Come spend the latter part of your lunch break participating in a qualitative research project! The facilitator for this session is at the earliest stages of a research project aimed at disentangling Mormon cultural artifacts from the essential elements of the gospel. Those who attend will be asked to provide input and share their views, …

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The Mormon Question

In the 150 years since Mormon leaders publicly announced that the faithful believed in and practiced plural marriage, neither “the Mormon Question” nor the societal issues that are raised when any group undertakes to practice laws that fall outside traditional moral or ethical boundaries have really gone away. In this dynamic, multi-media presentation,nationally honored historian …

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Chasing a Good Day to Die

In 1995, Latter-day Saints Paul and Ann Larsen found themselves in the middle of the kind of nightmare parents dread most. Their fifteen-year-old son, Erik, was in a deep depression that two years of counseling and anti-depressant medications were unable to alleviate. As they watched their son slipping away, they went searching for something—anything—that might …

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Covering the Mormons

Covering the Mormons Louise Degn covered Mormon issues for over thirty years as a television journalist in Salt Lake City. In this presentation, she will reflect on changes in news coverage over the decades and will show clips and give “behind the scenes” details from significant stories she has covered, including: the Coalville Tabernacle demolition; …

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Dialogue: Thirty-Six Years in the Kingdom

Dialogue: Thirty-Six Years in the Kingdom published many groundbreaking essays dealing with Mormon history and theology. Many of its most controversial articles have, in time, proved beneficial to the Church. Why then, is Dialogue often defined in words ranging from “dissident,” to “anti-Mormon”? If these definitions are legitimate, has Dialogue shifted from its original vision? …

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Devotional: Two Stories of Atonement

I will share two scriptural stories not usually considered to be Atonement-related, which, when read through this lens, come alive in new and meaningful ways. The first is an unusual interpretation of the parable of the good Samaritan offered anciently by Origen, an early church Father. The second is the story told in John 21 …

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