Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2015

The Mormon Mind On Facebook

What happens to the Mormon mind when it meets the Internet? How do major events in Mormondom affect the Internet? Learn from a group of Mormon Facebook moderators about their experiences dealing with Mormons online. Jerilyn Pool, Sara Burlingame, Matthew Nokleby, Nicole Forsgren, Corey Philpot, George Andrew Spriggs,and Brandt Malone

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God S Name In Vain Using Faith To Harm Others

Mormon Fundamentalism is often unfairly conflated with dangerous behavior. The reality is that Mormon Fundamentalists are a very diverse group of people with a variety of life experiences and practiced beliefs. Using personal experiences, this panel will explore the spectrum between practicing fundamentalist tenants and becoming a religious extremist. Lindsay Hansen Park, Trevor Jeffs, Kristyn …

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Mormon Mental Health Association Talking To Your Kids About Sex In A Holistic And Healthy Way

Parents need more help than ever to understand the world their children are navigating. In this presentation, Alisha and Kristin will present strategies for continually talking to your children about healthy sexuality instead trying to cram it into one, dreaded “talk”. What defines comprehensive sex education for toddlers, kids, and teens? Kristin Hodson, Alisha Worthington

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Transmormons

In its “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” the LDS Church declares that “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.” What are the implication of this declaration for transgender individuals? This session seeks to bring clarity to the matter of non-conforming gender identity and its expression among …

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Brother Jake Does Sunstone

Creator of the Brother Jake video series, Jake Frost turns his sardonic lens onto Sunstone. This session will debut a Brother Jake video specifically about the Sunstone organization, mixed with a few other Brother Jake classics. Jake Frost

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Racial Curses And Marks In Joseph Smith S Scriptural Texts

LDS racial histories have mostly viewed the racial narratives in the Joseph Smith translation of the Bible and the Book of Abraham in relation to their publication and reception rather than Joseph Smith’s acts of constructing and dictating them. Joseph Smith based these narratives on his understandings of the curse of Ham myth and its …

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The Religious Brain Project

Dr. Michael Adam Ferguson will present groundbreaking research on how the religious brain works. Using data from brain imaging scans, Ferguson will talk about what happens in the brain when praying, recalling spiritual experiences, or feeling a “prompting.” A Q&A session will follow. Michael Adam Ferguson

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In Defense Of Rev Jeremiah Wright

During the 20008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright, was “exposed” as a radical and “un-American” when Fox News broadcast his statement: “It’s not God bless America, it’s God damn America!” For some Americans, that statement was enough to disqualify Obama for the presidency. However, this paper will defend Rev. Wright as a spokesman …

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Joseph As Reader Bible Stories And Mormon Religion

This presentation explores the narrative strategies that characterize Joseph Smith’s readings, or “translations,” of Bible stories (the Book of Mormon, a New Translation, the Book of Abraham, temple rituals, environing revelations). Characters evolve and change in these transformed stories, and Joseph himself becomes a character, re-enacting the plot as his friends follow. Understanding how theology …

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