Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2002

Book of Mormon Archaeology: North America

This presentation and slide show will discuss parallels between the Hopewell Culture of North America and the Nephite Culture of the Book of Mormon. Fascinating evidence continues to come to light supporting a North American Book of Mormon geography. This evidence includes the discovery of copper mines in Northern Michigan, coins with Hebrew script located …

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Church Hounds Woman to Madness: The Trials of Cora Birdsall

“Church Hounds Woman to Madness”: The Trials of Cora Birdsall The case of Cora Birdsall, a single Mormon woman, who in 1901 fought the Church over property rights, provides an extraordinary study of the collision between church and federal land law, the differences in ecclesiastical and civil court processes, and the struggle of a faithful …

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Why Christians Should Oppose the Death Penalty

As a faith community becomes successful in ways the world measures success, it becomes easy for its members to live in a relatively low state of tension with the surrounding culture. As part of the “get tough on crime” attitude common in the culture today, the majority of Americans favor the death penalty for the …

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The Magnificent Cause of Being

While on my mission in Taiwan, I dropped a letter off my balcony onto my neighbor’s kitchen roof. While trying to retrieve the letter, I fell through the roof and broke a rib. This incident provides the controlling metaphor for my forthcoming book, The Rib Cage: the lush, edenic paradise of inland Taiwan; the rib, …

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Moonstone/Sunstone Dyad as Metaphor of Wholeness

One way to understand the symbolism of the Nauvoo Temple is to consider its central duality—the physical and spiritual. Perhaps the most basic symbol of the duality is the timeless dyad of sun and moon—easily seen in the Nauvoo Temple’s pairing of sunstone and moonstone. The enigmatic sunstone of the Nauvoo Temple held, and might …

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Celebrating the Life of a Mormon and a Human: Eugene England

This year’s symposium takes place one week before the first anniversary of the passing of Eugene England, founder of Dialogue, supporter of Sunstone, champion of Mormon writers, scholar, essayist, peacemaker, and fond friend of so many. Since his death, many have had the opportunity to share thoughts and memories of Gene in special issues of …

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Mormon Cultural Studies At UVSC: Beginning Forays

In Spring 2002, Dennis Potter and Phillip Gordon taught the first Mormon Cultural Studies class at Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah. Cultural Studies (CS) is the field that explains how various aspects of culture (such as music, media, and literature, etc.) are used to uphold or undermine relationships of power in society. When …

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