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Studies in LDS History, Scripture, and Belief

Vol. 1, No. 4 April 2011


The first annual Expound Symposium is fast approaching (Saturday, 14 May 2011). Another great speaker has been added to the lineup and biographies and talk abstracts have now been posted on the website. If you plan to attend and have not yet registered on the website please be sure to do it soon so that plenty of seating and free food can be provided. Anyone who wants to sign up for the Speakers Dinner can now do so on the website. The cost for that event is listed there. Below is the schedule for all presentations. You won’t want to miss some of the wonderful insights that are going to be shared with the audience. We look forward to seeing you there and getting your input on future gatherings!

9:00–10:00 MINGLE

10:00–10:30 Matthew B. Brown, “Cube, Gate and Measuring Tools: A Biblical Pattern”

10:30–10:45 BREAK

10:45–11:25 Larry E. Morris, “‘Such a Godless Place Would be Difficult to Imagine’: The Historical Setting for the Arrival of the First Mormon Missionaries in Missouri”

11:25–11:40 BREAK

11:40–12:10 Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, “‘Standing in the Holy Place’: Ancient and Modern Reverberations of an Enigmatic New Testament Prophecy”

12:10–1:10 LUNCH

1:10–1:50 David M. Calabro, “Body Symbolism in Latter-day Saint Scripture”

1:50–2:05 BREAK

2:05–2:45 Ugo A. Perego, “Is Decrypting the Genetic Legacy of America’s Indigenous Populations Key to the Historicity of the Book of Mormon?”

2:45–3:00 BREAK

3:00–3:40 David J. Larsen, “The Psalms as a Key to Understanding the Rituals of the First Temple”

3:40–3:55 BREAK

3:55–4:35 Mark Alan Wright, “Nephite Daykeepers: Ritual Specialists in the Book of Mormon”

4:35–4:50 BREAK

4:50–5:30 Kurt Graham, “The Future of the Church History Museum”



Brigham Young University Studies, vol. 50, no. 1, 2011.

Mitchell K. Schaefer, “‘The Testimony of Men’: William E. McLellin and the Book of Mormon Witnesses,” 99–110.

Hollis R. Johnson, “Worlds Come and Pass Away: Evolution of Stars and Planets in the Pearl of Great Price?” 47–64.

David L. Paulsen and Martin Pulido, “‘A Mother There’: A Survey of Historical Teachings about Mother in Heaven,” 71–97.

Brent J. Schmidt, “Temple Elements in Ancient Religious Communities,” 127–53.

Michael D. Rhodes and J. Ward Moody, eds., Converging Paths to Truth: The Summerhays Lectures on Science and Religion (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011).

H. Kimball Hansen, “Concerning Astronomical References Found in the Scriptures”

Robert L. Millet, “The Quest for Truth: Science and Religion in the Best of All Worlds”

J. Ward Moody, “Time in Scripture and Science: A Conciliatory Key?”

Michael D. Rhodes, “The Scriptural Accounts of the Creation: A Scientific Perspective”

Richard E. Bennett, “Wilford Woodruff and the Rise of Temple Consciousness among the Latter-day Saints, 1877–84,” in Alexander L. Baugh and Susan Easton Black, eds., Banner of the Gospel: Wilford Woodruff (Provo, UT: BYU Religious Studies Center, 2010).



Below are a few of the talks that will be presented at the Mormon History Association conference in St. George, Utah, 26-29 May 2011.

Melvin L. Bashore (LDS Church History Department), “Yearning for Notoriety: Questionable and False Claimants to America’s Worst Emigrant Massacre”

Grant Underwood (Brigham Young University), “Transformations in Mormon Soteriology: A Historical Overview”

Robin Jensen (Joseph Smith Papers), “Publishing, Printing, and Preserving: New Insights into the Book of Commandments”

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