Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2019

Bringing Book of Mormon Artifacts to Augmented Reality

Through the power of augmented reality, Book of Mormon artifacts come to life! Learn how the gold plates, the Urim and Thummim (breastplate and spectacles) and other artifacts were modeled in 3D using historical research and eyewitness accounts. See how these and other artifacts can be viewed on your mobile device as if they existed …

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Faith Crisis as Disorienting Dilemma: Road to Transformation

As greater numbers of believers suffer a faith crisis, better tools are needed to help with understanding and recovery. Mezirow’s Ten Phases of Transformative Learning—an adult learning theory—can assist in alleviating pain by guiding reflection and an exploration of new possibilities. Indeed, with a healthy process of acquiring new knowledge, identity, and relationships, transformation can …

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Jon McNaughton Mormon Artist, Right-Wing Propogandist: Take Two

Latter-day Saint painter Jon McNaughton, who promotes himself as “America’s Artist,” continues to produce paintings that are reminiscent of the propagandistic art of totalitarian regimes. For all the color McNaughton uses in his paintings, the vision of the world he presents is starkly black and white—Obama, Democrats, liberals, and progressives are all shown as being …

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Essence of The Classic Yoga Scriptures: The Yoga Sutras

Yoga, not to be confused with the modern yoga movement of physical postures, is one of the major schools of Hindu philosophy, referring to an awakened state of Oneness with and in God and the path that leads to that realization. Why do so few Christians and Mormons experience inner transformation and rebirth? What are …

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Meet the Women at the MTA

The quickly advancing rate of science and technology developments in our modern world has particularly interesting implications for women, gender, and gender roles. What does it mean to be a woman if babies can be born in artificial wombs or your gender expression can be enhanced or changed through hormones and other technology? How have …

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Missionaries to the Mormons: NOW’s ERA Missionary Project

In the summer of 1981, the National Organization for Women sent feminist “missionaries” to Utah to advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment. This presentation tells this never-before-published story based on NOW’s institutional records from the Harvard Schlesinger Library. NOW was upset at the LDS Church’s participation against the ERA and recruited and trained women and …

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Babel’d: A Contemporary Performance

Babel’d is an exploration of queerness, Mormonism, community, and memory through solo performance. Centering around a game of giant jenga, the audience pulls blocks randomly that trigger scenes; from questions asked while blowing bubbles, to a monologue by the ghost of Morris Young. Babel’d uses texts and visuals from interviews, anecdote, scripture, and Mormon history …

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