Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2001

A New ‘Lost’ Generation? The Future of Mormon Scholarship

A New ‘Lost’ Generation? The Future of Mormon Scholarship ‘Lost Generation” has been used to refer both to a generation of American expatriate writers after World War I and to a Utah/Mormon group of writer-intellectuals of the same period. The Mormon generation just after World War II has been rich in intellectual and literary accomplishments, …

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How Big Is the Mormon Tent? Toward a New Understanding of What It Means To Be “Mormon” How Big Is the Mormon Tent? Toward a New Understanding of What It Means To Be “Mormon”

How Big Is the Mormon Tent? Toward a New Understanding of What It Means To Be “Mormon” How Big Is the Mormon Tent? Toward a New Understanding of What It Means To Be “Mormon” What is in a name? . . .Apparently a lot! As recent interviews and official announcements have indicated, as the Church …

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Pillars of My Faith

Pillars of My Faith This is Sunstone’s perennially best-attended session. Here speakers share the events and concepts that animate their religious lives; a little soul-bearing, a little spiritual journey, a little intellectual testimony-bearing. This self-reflective night is about the things that matter most, plus spirited congregational hymn-singing.

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Ancient America in Book of Mormon Times

Ancient America in Book of Mormon Times Since it first appeared in 1830, the Book of Mormon has been a source of fascination and speculation as to its origins and the geographic location of the people and places it depicts. In this session, I present a spectacular three-screen panorama of the most popular theories with …

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The Financial Exhaustion of Wilford Woodruff: An Explanation of Why the Church Divested itself of Promoting Southern Nevada Gold Mining and Milling Properties in the 1890’s

The Financial Exhaustion of Wilford Woodruff: An Explanation of Why the Church Divested itself of Promoting Southern Nevada Gold Mining and Milling Properties in the 1890’s The 1890 Manifesto had removed the main cause of the Church’s conflict with the federal government–polygamy. But it couldn’t erase the Church’s 300,000 debt and its toll on President …

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The Supremacy that Controls Punishment

The Supremacy that Controls Punishment Historically, Latter-day Saints have found it difficult to live under two supreme powers competing to control their behavior. One is politics (secular); the other religious (the Church). Both rely on punishment to control, and both claim to supersede wisdom, truth, and justice. Both claim ultimate authority. What is the latest …

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Contemporary Mormon Filmmaking: Does Johnny Lingo Live in Brigham City?

Contemporary Mormon Filmmaking: Does Johnny Lingo Live in Brigham City? Using the recent Brigham City as a springboard, we will discuss pertinent aspects of contemporary Mormon filmmaking. Our focus will be on several questions: Can Mormon filmmaking survive the Mormon community? To what does ‘Mormon” in Mormon filmmaking refer–culturally Mormon, Utah Mormon, small town Mormon? …

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‘Missionary Position’

‘Missionary Position’ ‘Missionary Position” is a full-length comedy about Mormon missionaries. It touches on many things, including faith, integrity ambition, sexuality, and community. Earnest at times, and slightly irreverent at others, it explores, reflects, and celebrates some of the interesting (and peculiar) aspects of Mormon culture. Synopsis: Full of anticipation, Elder Robert Wood packs for …

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