Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2001

What’s Wrong with Simply Being Saints?

What’s Wrong with Simply Being Saints? The testimony and witness to simplicity is profoundly rooted in scriptural tradition and is most perfectly exemplified in the life of Jesus Christ. Our Latter-day Saint traditions are full of testimonies about the blessings of living more with less, of nurturing people rather than material stuff. The modern ‘simplicity …

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‘Only Your Hearts Know’: Sunstone During the Rector/Stephenson/Peck Years–Part 2: The Elbert Peck Years

‘Only Your Hearts Know’: Sunstone During the Rector/Stephenson/Peck Years–Part 2: The Elbert Peck Years This paper, the second half of a history of the Sunstone Foundation during the years Daniel Rector, Linda Jean Stephenson, and Elbert Peck served as publishers and executive directors, treats the period Elbert headed the foundation. During this tumultuous time, Sunstone …

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‘How Long, O Lord?’: Constitutional Protection for Plural Marriage

‘How Long, O Lord?’: Constitutional Protection for Plural Marriage Polygamous Mormons have (unsuccessfully) invoked the Constitution as a shield against prosecution for their ‘domestic arrangements” ever since their practice of the principle was first made public in 1852. This session offers a historical and legal perspective on pertinent constitutional arguments, and tries to predict their …

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Sunstone Celebrates Elbert Peck

Sunstone Celebrates Elbert Peck Join us this evening for a joyous farewell for Elbert Peck, our long-time editor, publisher, and director. Program: ‘RetrosPECKtive” A look at Elbert’s fifteen years with ‘Sunstone,’ complete with personal glimpses and funny stories from many good friends. Speaker: Philip Barlow The Public Thought of Elbert Peck Abstract: Elbert Peck has …

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DNA and Lamanite Identity: A Panel Discussion

DNA and Lamanite Identity: A Panel Discussion Science often complicates the sancta simplicitas of theology. Genetic research promises to help genealogists define and refine family trees. But this technological blade can cut both ways. What is a benefit to LDS genealogists may be a detriment to Book of Mormon literalists. Initial findings of geneticists have …

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The Husband and Father as Society’s Ideal Role for Men

The Husband and Father as Society’s Ideal Role for Men In September 1995, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued its Proclamation on the Family. Just a few months earlier, in his book, Fatherless America, David Blankenhorn examined society’s traditional prescription to men to be husbands and fathers. Husband/father as a universal role …

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The Anthropic Argument, Mormon Finitism, and the Argument from Design: A Re-examination.

The Anthropic Argument, Mormon Finitism, and the Argument from Design: A Re-examination. The ‘argument from design” has long provided theists with a sufficient proof of God’s existence. This paper briefly examines and explores the outline and implications of this, Thomas Aquinas’s fifth proof. Next, it probes the outlines of the anthropic argument itself (deemed “mere …

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The Wisdom of Death

The Wisdom of Death Latter-day Saint culture has sought to demystify death through metaphor and ritual. Death is often portrayed as a ‘gateway” to the next life, a necessary step in the plan of eternal progression. However, this approach overlooks many profound life lessons we might learn and experience through giving serious contemplation and consideration …

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Led By the Light: When the Only Way Out is Through

Led By the Light: When the Only Way Out is Through I recently had a profound experience of panic and fear as I traveled through Hezekiah’s tunnel in Jerusalem. Only once before, as a teenager struggling through an ordeal from which I thought I could never be redeemed, had I ever felt such a feeling …

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