Mar 25

Two Events This Week That You Won’t Want to Miss

Symposia, conferences, and lectures can be great ways to continue and deepen your understanding of the Gospel.  There are two events this week of which I wanted to make sure everyone aware.

From the UVU Eugene England Lecture Series page:

2013 Eugene England Memorial Lecture
“The Paradoxes of Religious Peace and Conflict”

Margaret Toscano
Associate Professor of Classics
University of Utah
Tuesday, March 26th – 7:00 p.m.
UVU Library Auditorium

Gender, myth, and religion are the focal points of Professor Toscano’s  research. She is both the co-editor and a chapter contributor for the book Hell and Its Afterlife: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, published by Ashgate in 2010. She has also published extensively on Mormon feminism for the last 27 years, including Strangers in Paradox: Essays in Mormon Theology (co-authored with her husband Paul) and many articles that have appeared in the Sunstone Magazine and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. She has published articles on Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books, the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the HBO-BBC TV series Rome.

From the 2013 Easter Conference page on BYU’s site:

With Healing in His Wings

BYU Religious Education and the Religious Studies Center will host BYU’s annual Easter Conference at 7:00 p.m. on Good Friday, March 29, 2013, in the Joseph Smith Building (JSB) auditorium.

Elder John M. Madsen will be the keynote speaker. Brad Wilcox and Brent L. Top will also speak. The two accompanying speakers are both professors at BYU, both are former mission presidents, and both have authored books about the Savior. All the speakers will talk about the Savior, his life, his mission, the Atonement, and his influence in our lives today. Attending the BYU Easter Conference is an ideal way to prepare to celebrate the Easter season.

Admission is free, and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

I don’t believe I’ll be able to get to the one at UVU tomorrow evening.  However, if you are going to the one at BYU on Friday evening, let me know!  My wife and I will be attending.

Oct 26

The Sidney B. Sperry Symposium is Today

Today is going to be marvelous.  How do I know?  The Sperry Symposium begins tonight.  Attending one of these yearly events has long been a wish of mine.  Unabashedly, the following explanation of this event was taken right off the Symposium page:


Joseph Smith Building (JSB) Auditorium, and other adjacent campus locations.

Who is it for?

The Sperry Symposium is not just for professional teachers in the Church’s Seminaries and Institutes of Religion and at BYU–it’s for all who study the scriptures. The symposium is free to the public, and no registration is required.

About the Sperry Symposium

The Sidney B. Sperry Symposium, held annually at the end of October at Brigham Young University, features speakers from BYU Religious Education, Seminary and Institute teachers in the Church Education System, and other gospel scholars. The symposium focus is traditionally on the topic for Gospel Doctrine and Church study for the upcoming year.

It begins Friday evening with a keynote address, followed by a selection of presentations. The symposium continues Saturday morning.

Sidney Branton Sperry (1895–1977), a leading LDS scholar of the Book of Mormon and Bible, joined the Religion Department at Brigham Young University in 1932 and retired in 1969. The first Sperry Symposium was held four years later in 1973.

Admission is free

The symposium is free and open to the public. For further information, call 801–422–3611.

The Friday schedule is 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  Saturday, it is from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.  Should anyone wish to attend and has an interest in carpooling, let me know!