Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2018

God as an Answer to Fermi’s Paradox

In 1950 at a lunch in Los Alamos, Enrico Fermi asked his famous question, “Where are they?” The “they” in question were intelligent extraterrestrials, for which there was no evidence, then or now. But what if people are imagining extraterrestrial contact all wrong? What if God is an extraterrestrial? This idea will not seem so …

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The Restoration’s Shattered Promises and Great Hope

This session presents a candid assessment of the trajectory taken by the Restoration during Joseph Smith’s lifetime and following his demise. The landscape of current restorationist factions will be considered. Our present disappointments will be considered against the background of hope to be found in the blueprint of the future presented in the Book of …

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Mormons and the Enneagram

The Enneagram is a spiritual tool that teaches us to know ourselves better, helping us to pinpoint our deepest longings—and our potentially destructive behaviors. The Enneagram’s nine basic “types,” or numbers, all have positive and negative aspects, and all exhibit different ways of relating with others and with God. In this session, “the Janas” will …

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LOVELOUD SCREENING

Imagine Dragons’ frontman Dan Reynolds came to a crossroads when he witnessed fellow members of the Mormon Church spurned due to their sexual orientation. Since 2008, teen suicide rates in Utah have skyrocketed, which many people attribute to the Mormon Church’s stance regarding same-sex relationships. This film follows Dan and openly gay former Mormon Tyler …

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This Inscrutable Thing Called Revelation

If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why is revelation so unreliable and confusing? How can one have implicit faith in professed revealed “truths” that may not always be true? How significant is the LDS claim of continuing revelation if it isn’t completely reliable? Are there satisfactory models for understanding and coming to terms with the …

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