Speaker: Hugo Olaiz

COMING OUT AS AN ALLY: THE IMPACT OF STRAIGHT MORMONS IN ADVANCING LGBT ISSUES IN THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD

From the launching of Mormon “It Gets Better” videos to the formation of Mormons for Marriage Facebook groups, from the organizing of “Circling the Wagons” conferences to the participation of straight Mormons in pride parades, 2012 will be remembered as the year when straight, progressive Latter-day Saints came out massively in support of LGBT Mormons. …

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SL09262 From Revelation to Repetition: The Decline of Dreams as Revelatory Experience in Contemporary Mormon Discourse

Historically, revelatory dreams have played an important role in Mormonism, protecting, guiding, and encouraging the Saints—especially during trials. In this paper, I will analyze revelatory dreams as discussed by general authorities since 1971. My analysis will suggest that dreams are still considered revelatory and used in the context of telling faith-promoting stories—but with a difference: …

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Are We Still Gods in Embryo? The Mormon Doctrine of Human Deification

Are We Still Gods in Embryo? The Mormon Doctrine of Human Deification Expounded by Joseph Smith and famously summarized by Lorenzo Snow, the LDS doctrine of human deification has, since the 1840s, presented several soteriological and cosmological difficulties. Openly celebrated, elaborated, and contested by generations of Mormon thinkers, the doctrine has today become nearly invisible …

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ALONE IN THE DESERT: INCREASING ACTIVISM AT BYU

ALONE IN THE DESERT: INCREASING ACTIVISM AT BYU During the turbulent 1960s, BYU was an oasis of calm: no anti-war protests, no violence, no organized opposition to the status quo. Today, self-proclaimed progressive BYU students are increasingly adopting political and humanitarian causes, from the conflict in Sudan to protesting the war in Iraq. In the …

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THE PERSISTENCE OF POLYGAMY IN THE CONTEMPORARY MORMON CHURCH

THE PERSISTENCE OF POLYGAMY IN THE CONTEMPORARY MORMON CHURCH When widower Russell M. Nelson, the LDS church’s point person for the Defense of Marriage Amendment, remarried in the temple in 2006, four days after defining marriage as “the union between one man and one woman,” activists balked, creating a website, EMOVENELSON.NET, and dubbing him a …

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