Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2016

John Burton Slave Of Parowan Utah 1797 1865

John Burton (1797–1865) was born to slave parents, and eventually joined the Mormon Church. Burton’s Mormonism transcended race, bondage, culture, and geography as he journeyed west with several owners from Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, and frontier Utah. He was one of the three African Americans in Brigham Young’s 1847 company to Utah and remained in …

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Mormon Mental Health Association Mormon Thinking Errors

Cognitive distortions, or thinking errors, cause individuals to perceive reality inaccurately, producing and reinforcing negative thoughts and emotions. All individuals, families, and cultures perpetuate distorted thinking patterns, including Mormonism. This session will look at common Mormon thinking errors and offer remedies for them including examining beliefs and self-talk, correcting inaccurate thought patterns, and expanding clear …

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Mormon Women Write Life Writing And The Construction Of Mormon Womanhood

Drawing on their Puritan heritage, early Mormon converts were avid life writers, keeping diaries and journals, writing autobiographies and life sketches, and even producing ward cookbooks. Life writing continues to occupy a significant place in Mormon culture, especially among women. This presentation examines Mormon women’s life writing across time and culture, showing how Mormon women’s …

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Neurodiversity And Mormonism

The autistic community is often overlooked within Mormonism. As numbers of diagnosed and self-diagnosed autists continue to increase throughout society, the number of Mormon autists will also increase. How can non-autists (allists) better understand autism? In what ways do autists benefit from Mormonism and in what ways do we contribute? How do we struggle? How …

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Human Trafficking In Zion

Fifteen years ago, for nine months, Steven Fales turned to sex work in New York City in order to pay child support. Using personal stories from this time and data from organizations such as Truckers Against Trafficking, Fales will show how Mormons remain mostly ignorant of human trafficking in Zion, and what we can do …

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