Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2009

SL09262 From Revelation to Repetition: The Decline of Dreams as Revelatory Experience in Contemporary Mormon Discourse

Historically, revelatory dreams have played an important role in Mormonism, protecting, guiding, and encouraging the Saints—especially during trials. In this paper, I will analyze revelatory dreams as discussed by general authorities since 1971. My analysis will suggest that dreams are still considered revelatory and used in the context of telling faith-promoting stories—but with a difference: …

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SL09362 Panel: This I Believe

Sunstone friends and supporters share short belief statements modeled on the NPR show. Rhonda L. Callister, Rory T. Swensen, Thomas D. Parkes, Margaret Blair Young, Clay Whipkey, Lorie Winder, Kaimipono (Kaimi) Wenger, Tom Kimball, Mark England

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SL09263 The “LDS” Purity Myth [Partial]

The LDS Church has long advocated virginity and sexual abstinence until marriage. Has virginity become a type of cult? This paper will also explore the connection between chastity and pornography for both men and women. What happens when a woman’s primary value is sexual, through motherhood, wifedom, and chastity? Is there a way to defend …

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SL09324 Tradition and Progress: Elaine Cannon

This presentation focuses on the contributions made by Elaine Anderson Cannon to the lives of LDS women, to their understanding of their worth and duty, and to the broader Church’s conceptual grasp of woman’s divinity—including our relationship with the Divine Feminine. I will touch on both her life-long career as a writer, propelled by her …

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SL09363 The Treachery of the Heretic

Conflict within religions is often far more potentially damaging than disagreements between them. At the heart of intra-religious conflict is the feeling of betrayal. The heretic is a member of the family who has chosen to destroy the family from within. This treachery is personal. But it feels different for the heretic, who feels she …

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