Speaker: Becky Johns

BRANDING MORMONISM: THE EVOLUTION SINCE THE 1970S

The current “Mormon Moment” didn’t merely happen. The Church has used the tools of modern corporatism to brand itself since the mid-1970s. The presentation will trace the development of branding the Church, beginning with the first corporate identity program in 1975, to the sophisticated use of social media in 2012. The far-reaching program of managing …

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SL09326 Panel: Online Lesson Resources

The explosion of online publishing has created a proliferation of lesson helps, hints, and resources for the LDS teacher. These span an enormous range of ortho- and heterodoxies and offer a fascinating picture of how Correlation works (and doesn’t) in the 21st century. Join creators and users of some of these resources for a discussion …

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The Word of God: Scripture, Revelation, and Authority

The Word of God: Scripture, Revelation, and Authority In the introduction to his book, Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, Bart Ehrman tells how his scholarly studies of early New Testament manuscripts caused him to question the authority of the Bible as the word of God. Because contentious disagreements of …

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My Creed: Writing One’s Personal Articles Of Faith

My Creed: Writing One’s Personal Articles Of Faith For millennia, Christians have distilled their beliefs into short statements, similar to Joseph Smith’s Articles of Faith. While the practice of a committee imposing a creedal statement of belief on members is anathema to Mormons, the use of the literary form of the creed by individuals is …

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Reading Lolita In Tehran, Reading Pride And Prejudice In Taichung: Literature As Resistance To Spiritual And Political Oppression And As An Aid To Spiritual Growth

Reading Lolita in Tehran explores how reading forbidden works of literature can be a soul-saving act of resistance to spiritual and political oppression. Latter-day Saints are advised to seek knowledge out of the best books and encouraged to believe that the church will one day have its Shakespeare’s and Miltons. Panelists will explore the relationship …

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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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Panel: Not Invited, but welcome: Serving as a Sister Missionary

SL03091, This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the March on Washington, at which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and the thirty-fifth anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. It also marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the revelation reversing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ policy of …

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THE LDS CHURCH AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION: A COMPARISON STUDY WITH OTHER FAITHS; RELIGION AND THE ‘WAR ON DRUGS’: SOME THOUGHTS ON SPIRITUALITY AND MENDACITY

THE LDS CHURCH AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION: A COMPARISON STUDY WITH OTHER FAITHS, by Becky Johns, and RELIGION AND THE ‘WAR ON DRUGS’: SOME THOUGHTS ON SPIRITUALITY AND MENDACITY, by Steven Epperson THE LDS CHURCH AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION: A COMPARISON STUDY WITH OTHER FAITHS. How do churches deal with inevitable conflict within the organization, with other …

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