Speaker: Lavina Fielding Anderson

Leonard J. Arrington and His Diaries

With his call as official LDS Church Historian in 1972, Leonard J. Arrington was given a mandate to professionalize its historical publications. Arrington’s team was prolific and its output impressive, but before long, they encountered opposition from a few members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and church bureaucrats. Signature Books’s long awaited, 2,600-page …

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Resurgent Mormon Feminism Ordain Women The Mormon Gender Issues Survey And Contemporary Lds Women

In order to analyze recent developments in contemporary Mormon feminism, a number of Mormon feminist writers, scholars, and activists have collaborated in producing Voices for Equality: Ordain Women and Resurgent Mormon Feminism, published by Kofford Books. Contributing authors will speak about Kate Kelly’s excommunication; current Ordain Women strategic planning; historical and theological underpinnings of female …

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J. GOLDEN KIMBALL: MISSIONARY FATHER

Almost weekly between 1926 and 1928, J. Golden Kimball of the First Council of the Seventy would sit down at the office typewriter and tap out a letter to his missionary son, Max, then serving in France. These letters have never been published and only occasionally quoted. in contrast to J. Golden’s fame as a …

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SL10175: Eternal Perdition? Bureaucratic Limbo? The Theological Ramifications of Excommunication

The Church Handbook of Instructions explains in detail the mechanics of excommunication but says little about its theological import. Our panelists, several of whom have been excommunicated, will explore the theological and spiritual ramifications of this ultimate Church sanction. Why does excommunication not require a ritual? If blessings are “restored” to an excommunicated person who …

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SL09212 Women in the LDS Church Handbook of Instructions

The Church Handbook of Instructions is supposedly off-limits to all members of the Church (especially Vol. 1, which is reserved for priesthood leaders), but women are less likely than men to be able to consult it. Still, it impacts their lives in numerous ways, especially in terms of policies and procedures about which they are …

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SL09273 Panel: Community of Christ Principles of Church History: A Turning Point and a Good Example?

Unlike the Community of Christ, the LDS Church has no formally defined history principles, but it does have fairly clear positions enunciated by officials on various levels toward various historical events and attitudes. This panel discusses the origins and implementation of these nine principles in the Community of Christ with particular attention to the questions: …

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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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Women In The Ministry

Women In The Ministry Panelists in this session will share their reflections on the ministry of women, offering a variety of their own personal life-experiences with regard to their opportunity (sometimes lack thereof) to minister to human needs. Each panelist will speak about her own journey with this issue, reflecting on it as it has …

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JOSEPH SMITH, WILLIAM MILLER, ELLEN G. WHITE, AND MARY BAKER EDDY: FOUR AMERICAN PROPHETS’ PERSPECTIVES ON SLAVERY, RACE, AND ETHNICITY

This presentation compares and contrasts Joseph Smith’s views and practices regarding slavery, race, and ethnicity with those of William Miller and Ellen G. White (founding leaders of Seventh Day Adventism) and Mary Baker Eddy (founder of the Christian Science movement). These issues figured prominently in all three religious movements, but while all four leaders were …

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