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 03

The Prophet Speaks – Our Semi-Annual Privilege

first-presidencyTwice each year, we have a unique opportunity to study the Gospel through listening to our Prophet, Apostles, and General Authorities speak to us.  The highest hope of their hearts will be that they speak by the power of the Holy Ghost — that they will convey to us that which the Lord would have us know.  The other half of this principle is that we must have the power and influence of the same Spirit to inspire us with the true meaning of the words that we will hear.

This weekend, as we listen to the talks, perhaps we could keep a notebook handy.  Is this to attempt to write down everything each speaker says?  My suggestion is that it is not.  What if we pondered on each discourse, writing down the inspiration given us by the power and influence of the Holy Ghost about what is being said?  Could this be personal revelation?  Could this perhaps be the Lord’s will concerning us with regards to what is being said?

Should the Lord tell you something directly, wouldn’t you greatly desire to record it for future reference?

This, to me, is a marvelous way to study the Gospel: listen to the revealed word of the Lord through his representatives here on the Earth, receiving revelation of your own at the very same time.  What could be better?