Speaker: Joseph West

Incorporating Progressive Polygamy into Mormon Cosmology

Have you ever considered the connections between the polygamous and polyamorous communities? What kind of connection can be made between the queer and non-monogamous communities? This panel explores these questions and more to discover ways non-monogamy intersects with the queer community through a Mormon lens. Blaire Ostler, Joseph West, Brady Williams

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STRUCTURAL ROLES AND THE ROUTINIZATION OF CHARISMA: A SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS OF THE MORMON SUCCESSION CRISIS OF 1844

On 27 June 1844, Joseph Smith was assassinated, leaving behind several claimants to leadership with no clear process for selecting a successor. Using archival data, we reconstruct the complex network of relations that existed among 76 members of the early LDS Church hierarchy. This includes a mapping of formal ties within and between priesthood quorums …

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SL10173: Some SAHD Stories

There is no Primary song that starts out, “I’m so glad that Daddy stays home,” probably because both the culture and teachings of the LDS Church overwhelmingly encourage the father to earn the living and the mother to raise the family at home. What happens when that arrangement doesn’t work out? Panelists talk about their …

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The New God Argument

The New God Argument In this session, we will present The New God Argument. Most philosophical arguments for God’s existence have been aimed at justifying traditional Christian theology. However, Mormon theology, particularly as advocated by Joseph Smith near the end of his life, diverges from tradition to posit emergent gods that organize worlds from existing …

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