Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2015

The Impact Of Infertility On The Mormon Mind

In spite of the growing body of literature focusing on medical, psychological, social, and cultural consequences of infertility, its religious and spiritual dimensions have received little attention. This panel will discuss the ways that Mormon doctrines on and culture around family affect the lives of Church members who live with infertility. Tresa Edmunds, Amy Shoemaker …

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The Conflicting Identities Of Lgbt Mormons

In 2015, Amber Whiteley was a contributing author for a book chapter for the American Psychological Association. Titled Conflicting Identities: Sexual Minority, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming Individuals Navigating Between Religion and Gender/Sexual Orientation Identity, the chapter discusses various religious identities. Whiteley advocated for Mormons to be included in the chapter. This presentation will discuss the …

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Life After Church Discipline

What happens after the church court? What is the fallout for the excommunicated and his or her family and friends? Panelists will discuss how they came to terms with their excommunication. Have they found peace? Carlene George, Maxine Hanks , Don Bradley

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Twenty Years Of The Proclamation On The Family

“The Family: A Proclamation to the World” was first read to the women of the Church at the Annual Women’s Meeting in September of 1995. In the years following, the Proclamation has become a standard Mormon wall decoration, gone on to inspire Primary songs, and been referenced in marriage equality legal briefs. This panel discusses …

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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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A Gay Mormon Diaspora Exploring The Act Of Testimony And Belief In The Case Study Of Young Single Adult Mormons

Through the use of ethnographic investigation, personal interviews, and theoretical research, this paper seeks to understand the role of testimony within the community of young single adult Latter-day Saints of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It explores the way members with same-sex attraction have voluntarily removed themselves from the LDS community by assuming a diasporic identity, as well …

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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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The Environment A Moral Issue For The Saints

Climate change and other environmental issues are threatening the long-term survival of our planet. It is a moral issue for all Christians, yet in the United States and many of the rest of the world’s governmental bodies seem incapable of coming up with solutions, mostly because there is money that can be made by exploiting …

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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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The Middle Way That Goes Beyond Middle Ground

Thoughtful and faithful middle ways are found in many of the great religious traditions. After exploring the middle ways of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Episcopalianism, this presentation will explore a uniquely LDS middle way identity that is distinctly not “middle ground.” Mark Crego

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