Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2004

JAMES E. TALMAGE V. THE KOYLE RELIEF MINE

In 1894, John H. Koyle claimed he had been visited by a heavenly being who told him there was a vast deposit of Nephite gold in a hill in Salem, Utah. The messenger said the gold in this hill was to provide relief to the Church and the U.S. government after a severe economic collapse. …

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GOOD GRIEF? AN EXPLORATION ON MANAGING GRIEF AND LOSS

Ever had difficulty handling grief or a loss, either yours or someone else’s? Ever wonder what to say or how you might help? In this interactive, workshop-style session, I will draw from my own experiences with grief and the insights I found valuable in The Grief Recovery Handbook. In this session, we will use communication …

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THE GENERAL CONFERENCE RHETORIC OF HAROLD B. LEE AND HOWARD W. HUNTER: BRIEF PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATIONS, PROFOUND PROPHETIC UTTERANCE

Although Harold B. Lee served as Church president for fewer than eighteen months and Howard W. Hunter, for only nine months, through their general conference addresses, both men had a profound effect on the membership. I will analyze the content of their presidential messages, along with their speaking styles, in an effort to explain their …

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50,000 MALNOURISHED LDS CHILDREN? HOW CAN WE HELP?

The Church has 375,000 faithful members in less-developed countries (LDCs) who live in absolute poverty. In addition, 50,000 children from faithful families are malnourished, and one can point to 5300 annual cases of severe preventable disability among faithful members (mostly children) and 900 annual deaths (85 percent of whom are children) in this same group …

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ARE WE GOOD GUYS OR BAD GUYS?

The Book of Mormon’s story of Korihor, the antichrist who leads people astray by his teachings but who finally meets an unhappy end, is sometimes used as a warning to intellectuals about the dangers of dissension. But the Book of Mormon also contains stories of dissenters who were clearly good guys, prophets such as Lehi …

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HOW ARE WE RESPONDING TO THE HIV/AIDS GENOCIDE?

Many of us are aware of the HIV/AIDS crisis but don’t know how we, as individuals or as a church community, might helpfully respond. I will address those questions as well as the scope of the epidemic, why it is now considered a national security issue, and how this disease’s connection with sexuality affects the …

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TEACHING MORMONISM IN THE CATHOLIC CLASSROOM

While the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been an important part of America’s religious and civic life, it is still frequently polemically labeled as a “cult,” distinct and separate from the Christian tradition. This presentation explores issues elicited by teaching about Mormonism as part of a course entitled “Modern Religious Movements” at …

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ON THE VERGE: WILL MORMONISM BECOME CHRISTIAN?

Complications from recent developments in Book of Mormon studies and new views of Joseph Smith have placed the LDS Church in a familiar position. Not one familiar to it, per se, but one that strongly parallels the developmental paths of Seventh-day Adventism, the Worldwide Church of God, and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of …

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