Event: Southwest Symposium 2009

SW09012: Saturday’s Werewolf: Vestiges of Premortal Romance in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Novels

Within the world of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels, a mode of romantic relationship called “imprinting”–instigated by sudden recognition and then lasting eternally–bears a strong similarity to the premortal romance popularized in Mormon literature since the publication of Nephi Anderson’s Added Upon. In basic structure, the premortal romance begins before mortality and drives the lovers to …

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SW09014: Discussion: Developing Personal Spirituality

Sunstone participants are often curious about other religions and find themselves drawn to religious traditions and practices other than their own. This session will explore where our spiritual paths have taken us and what questions we’ve attempted to answer along the way. What led you to spiritual seeking? Have you explored traditions and spiritual beliefs …

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SW09017: It Begins with a Family: A Conversation with Dr. Caitlin Ryan About Families and Homosexuality

Dr. Caitlin Ryan, of San Francisco State University, is a leading authority on the influence of families on their lesbian-gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) children, and on health and mental health issues for LGBT youth. She is the director of the first groundbreaking, comprehensive study of LGBT adolescents and their families, Showing that parents, families, and religious communities …

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SW09018:

NPR’s syndicated show, “This I Believe” features short essays by people from all walks of life who share the core values that ground them. in this session, Sunstone friends use this basic format to speak about ideas within Mormonism or the wider spiritual world that animate their faith journey and help them feel at home …

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SW09002: Devotional:

Join us as we start the symposium on a thoughtful, spiritual note with a personal essay by the late William B. Quist. excerpted from a devotional presented on 10 August 2001 at the Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium. Carol Quist

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SW09020: Two Early Mormon Revelations Attributed to Joseph Smith and their Impact

This presentation focuses on two millenarian revelations attributed to Mormon Church founder, Joseph smith, specifically, his 1832 “Revelation and Prophecy on War” and the so-called “White Horse Prophecy.” Both revelations were highly publicized and familiar to both Latter-day Saints and non-Mormons alike. In addition to comparing and contrasting these two prophecies, I will also discuss …

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