Event: Southwest Symposium 2008

SW08006: PURPOSEFUL STRANGERS: A STUDY OF THE EX-MORMON NARRATIVE

PURPOSEFUL STRANGERS: A STUDY OF THE EX-MORMON NARRATIVE The presentation focuses on the narratives of so-called Mormon apostates and the burgeoning ex-Mormon movement, placing them within an appropriate sociological framework and identifying common trends and structures for these narratives as a literary sub-genre. My research illustrates that there may be little difference between a ‘liberal’ …

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SW08007: SCRIPTURAL LITERALISM AS THE NEW PAGANISM

SCRIPTURAL LITERALISM AS THE NEW PAGANISM Terms such as ‘pagan’ and ‘heathen’ are used as (usually derogatory) labels for people adhering to older, non-normative, ‘superstitious’ beliefs (e. g., ‘witchcraft’). Originally, however, these were denigrations used to describe the unsophisticated country dwellers who had not yet accepted the tenets of Christianity then normative among city dwellers. …

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SW08009: WHY WE STAY

WHY WE STAY This session, a Sunstone favorite through the years, features the stories of those who have chosen to remain active, dedicated Latter-day Saints even in the face of many difficult challenges to traditional faith. How have these members wrestled with their faith and yet emerged more determined than ever to be part of …

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SW08012: THE LEGACY OF PRESIDENT GORDON B. HINCKLEY

THE LEGACY OF PRESIDENT GORDON B. HINCKLEY In this session, panelists and audience members are invited to share both personal and analytical reflections about the life and legacy of President Gordon B. Hinckley, who died 27 January 2008. What will be the lasting legacy of this beloved prophet’s presidency and leadership during his long-time Church …

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SW080013: STORIES FROM THE BORDERLANDS

Many of us at this symposium are in the LDS “Borderlands” in one way or another, and we’ve all had interesting, funny, or troubling experiences. We’ve also overcome difficulties and challenges (or we wouldn’t be here!). In this session, I will share a few reflections and experiences on Borderlander topics, but I mainly want to …

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SW08014: MORMONISM AND IMMIGRATION

MORMONISM AND IMMIGRATION Mormons tend to be strongly conservative about immigration matters. But should they be? Is there anything in Mormon theology that requires a hard-line immigration approach? Some hardliners cite the 12th Article of Faith as support for a conservative approach to immigration – is this a necessary conclusion? And are there aspects of …

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