Event: Southwest Symposium 2001

Visionary People: Dream Interpretation and the Modern Church

Visionary People: Dream Interpretation and the Modern Church In the past, God used dreams and visions to guide people. Might he use dreams and visions in the modern Church for personal revelation? I will share evidence of dream guidance (from the 1800s to present) and encourage individuals to develop an ability to remember and interpret …

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Missing Hymns

Missing Hymns This session explores several issues relating to LDS music: (1) The ‘new” hymnal published in the 1980s contains some new gems but is minus some old favorites. Where did they go, and why? (2) We have hymns venerating the Intermountain West; Glen Cornett contributes two new “hymns” that celebrate previously unheralded parts of …

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Headquarters Culture and the Rest of Mormonism Past & Present

Headquarters Culture and the Rest of Mormonism Past & Present The doctrine of ‘gathering” created a distinctive culture at the headquarters of the LDS church. Under Joseph Smith, this “headquarters culture” differed from that in distant locales. This situation had profound consequences following Joseph Smith’s 1844 martyrdom. This paper examines the significance and changes of …

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The Aftermath of Prop. 22

The Aftermath of Prop. 22 During the campaign for California’s Proposition 22, a Church spokesman stated members were not required to support the effort and no one would be disciplined over the issue. After my family publicly opposed the proposition, however, I was threatened with excommunication and was made to feel an outcast. Still, many …

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Ecology and LDS Culture

Ecology and LDS Culture This paper examines the relationship between Mormonism and the natural environment. Scripture and Church teachings could provide an ethic of conservation and reverence for the natural world, but that has not materialized. What role could the Church play in solving environmental challenges? Peter Ashcroft

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Sacred Spaces

Sacred Spaces This session collects monologues written by Mormon women from across the U.S. Inspired by Eve Ensler’s ‘The Vagina Monologues,” these LDS contributors boldly explore their faith and sexuality. Janet Kincaid

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Should Mormons Celebrate Holy Week?

Should Mormons Celebrate Holy Week? The week between Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and his triumphant resurrection is the most significant in human history. Since the early Church, Christians have annually celebrated these events. A succession of holy days leads to the great drama of Easter Sunday. Latter-day Saints celebrate only the last of these holy …

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Mormon History as Seen by Four Generations of Mormon Women

Mormon History as Seen by Four Generations of Mormon Women The Four Zinas details the lives of four generations of remarkable and influential Mormon women: mother, daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter. Their lives collectively span and illuminate the complex and often turbulent experience of women in the LDS Church. In successive historical contexts (gender, polygamy, activism, …

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