Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2006

Great Movies That Have Expanded My Religious World

Great Movies That Have Expanded My Religious World For many of us, movies not only entertain but can also change how we see and experience life and the world. From watching a film, we can feel cleansed, live without guilt, or be more selfless. For exalting recommendations, come to this session! Scot Denhalter, Moderator; Elbert …

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Tell Us Your Story

Discussion. Tell Us Your Story. The homes and bodies of most people in the so-called developed world are bursting with abundance, but most of us are starving for the thing that matters most: intimacy. The only experience more intimate and more nourishing than listening to other human beings speak from the heart about their spiritual …

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Big Love, Big Issues

Big Love, Big Issues The new HBO series, Big Love, has created quite a stir among media watchers, cultural critics, and Mormons. Why the buzz? The show centers on the family of Bill Hendrickson, the owner of a growing chain of home-improvement stores who owns three homes of his own, each occupied by one of …

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Dissenting Opinions: Art From The Dark Side Of Happy Valley

Dissenting Opinions: Art From The Dark Side Of Happy Valley Mormon teachings depict the universe as driven by a plan, a plotline in which good will assuredly triumph over evil. Humans are believed to be essentially divine beings who will ultimately respond in accord with their truest nature. Given this framework, Mormons (like most people) …

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Is Plural Marriage Required For Exaltation?

Is Plural Marriage Required For Exaltation? Mormon fundamentalists and modern polygamists generally assert that plural marriage is a commandment of God, required of all of his worthy followers irrespective of time and place. For this reason, they have attempted to continue polygamy after President Joseph F. Smith stopped approving plural sealings in April 1904. Also, …

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The Poet Joseph Smith

The Poet Joseph Smith (recording: poor quality) Brigham Young said “Joseph Smith was a poet, and poets are not like other men. . . . They catch the swift thought of God and reveal it to us.” This proposal presents two close examinations of Joseph Smith as poet: the psalm of anguish recoverable in his …

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Does Tattoo Taboo Ring True for Mormon Youth?

Panel, Does Tattoo Taboo Ring True For Mormon Youth? When Brigham Young University basketball star Rafael Araujo’s obvious tattoos drew media attention in 2004, and the team’s media guide used electronic means to scrub his image by manipulating a photo, the flap attracted national coverage. Do tattoos violate Mormon reverence for the body? What motivates …

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