Speaker: J. Frederick (Toby) Pingree

SINS OF OMISSION: SPINNING THE MISSIONARY EXPERIENCE

An LDS mission is commonly called “the best two years” of one’s life. Most missionaries understand the difficulties, pressure to perform, mission politics, boredom, depression, emotional demands, and physical hardships of a mission. However, there is an unwritten rule never to speak negatively about one’s mission. Consequently, homecomings are typically uplifting pep talks, and candid …

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SL09231 Panel: Why We Stay

This perennially well-received session 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 a part of the Latter-day Saint community? J. Frederick …

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SL09332 Panel: Remembering the Longfellow Chapel

Participants will reflect on the meaning of the Cambridge Chapel situated on Longfellow Park just outside Boston. For generations of Latter-day Saints, this meetinghouse represented the center of their faith, spirituality, and community. Panelists will consider the meaning of sacred space, the role of undergraduate and graduate education in Mormon identity, the nature of Latter-day …

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SL09332 Panel: Remembering the Longfellow Chapel

Participants will reflect on the meaning of the Cambridge Chapel situated on Longfellow Park just outside Boston. For generations of Latter-day Saints, this meetinghouse represented the center of their faith, spirituality, and community. Panelists will consider the meaning of sacred space, the role of undergraduate and graduate education in Mormon identity, the nature of Latter-day …

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Proclaiming the Family: Which Family?

Proclaiming the Family: Which Family? The document ‘The Family: A Proclamation To The World’ declares that ‘the family is ordained of God.’ Are we to assume that means all families, or just some families of a particular type? When the Proclamation warns of the ‘disintegration’ of family, what exactly does that mean? And what do …

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WHY WE STAY

WHY WE STAY This perennially well-received session 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 a part of the Latter-day Saint …

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Why We Stay

Why We Stay (recording: late start) This perennially well-received session 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 a part of …

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A PHILOSOPHICAL TESTIMONY

This presentation discusses how I as a student of philosophy and religion am able to be an honest skeptic and still have a testimony of the Gospel. Using a combination of models that illustrate rational, empirical, and mystical approaches to religion as well as different spiritual temperaments, I will discuss Latter-day Saint connections to the …

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A PHILOSOPHICAL TESTIMONY

This presentation discusses how I as a student of philosophy and religion am able to be an honest skeptic and still have a testimony of the Gospel. Using a combination of models that illustrate rational, empirical, and mystical approaches to religion as well as different spiritual temperaments, I will discuss Latter-day Saint connections to the …

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The New Missionary Discussions And The Future Of Correlation

In promoting new lessons and teaching techniques, “Preach My Gospel,” the new guide for missionaries, also enacts changes in the content and mechanism of correlation, Church leaders’ efforts to ensure uniformity and sound doctrine in LDS discourse. What can we discern about leaders’ concerns from a careful examination of the new missionary discussions? John-Charles Duffy, …

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