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Sorry, I don’t know how to crop the picture. It is at the Experience Event Center on the border between Provo and Orem, along the river before you go up the hill on State Street. About a block north of Utah Valley Hospital if anyone is familiar with the area. If you are not, best to use Google map as it is tucked back off of State St a wee bit. The address is below the name.  If it can’t be read let me know.

https://www.fairlatterdaysaints.org/conference/august-2022-fair-conference

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Thanks for posting this. I've had the Conference in the back of my mind, but I'm grateful for the reminder. Now I'm all registered.

Also, for those unable to attend in-person, streaming has been covered by an anonymous donor and is free; the only condition is that you still have to register in advance. You can register for streaming here:

https://fairlatterdaysaints.org/store/product/2022-fair-conference-streaming

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On 7/5/2022 at 12:37 PM, latterdaytemplar said:

Thanks for posting this. I've had the Conference in the back of my mind, but I'm grateful for the reminder. Now I'm all registered.

Also, for those unable to attend in-person, streaming has been covered by an anonymous donor and is free; the only condition is that you still have to register in advance. You can register for streaming here:

https://fairlatterdaysaints.org/store/product/2022-fair-conference-streaming

Excellent.  I unfortunately can’t go these days, I don’t quite have the nerve to get a cot to lie down on at the back, lol.  Between the Meniere’s and my tailbone, sitting up for very long is in the past.  It was so fun to meet people from the board.  One of the highlights of my year.

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I don’t know whether I was on my phone and just didn’t scroll down because it looked like the bottom or they have recently added the full info and not just the program…but here is it is in all its glory for those who can’t read the too fine print of the official schedule graphic.  :) 

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We are pleased to announce that an anonymous donor has covered the cost of all streaming this year. If you register for streaming, your fee is covered; additionally, all in-person tickets will include free access to streaming. This is a one-time deal as we don’t know if the donor will be willing to do this next year. To receive the streaming, you still have to sign up in advance for the service through the FAIR Bookstore here. This will be live streaming as well as streaming on demand. Those of you who live in different time zones will still be able to comfortably watch the conference. We have a number of really interesting speakers slated for this conference. You will not want to miss this!

Sustaining Members get Conference tickets at a discounted rate! If you have thought of becoming a Sustaining Member, now is a great time! Both Monthly and Annual memberships are available.

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2022 FAIR Conference Tickets are on sale now!

Sustaining Members, purchase here at a discount.

Sign up for Conference Streaming here.

 
Time Speaker/Event Presentation
Wednesday, August 3
8:50 AM  Opening  
9:00 AM Kerry Muhlestein Keys to Understanding Isaiah
10:00 AM   Bruce Young Living and Sharing the Essence of the Gospel in the DR-Congo
11:00 AM Neal Rappleye Ishmael and Nahom in Ancient Inscriptions
12:00 PM Lunch  
1:00 PM Lynne Wilson Restoring a Kingdom of Priests and Priestesses
2:00 PM Dan Galorath TBA
3:00 PM Break  
3:15 PM Craig Foster What Under the Banner of Heaven Gets Wrong
4:15 PM Tarik D. LaCour Taking the Best Arguments for Atheism Seriously
5:15 PM Closing  
Thursday, August 4
8:50 AM Opening  
9:00 AM Jed Woodworth Saints Vol 3
10:00 AM Kent P. Jackson Was Joseph Smith Influenced by Outside Sources in His Translation of the Bible?
11:00 AM Matthew McBride William Paul Daniels – Black Branch President
12:00 PM Lunch  
1:00 PM Gary Lawrence How Comfortable Conversations About the Gift of Agency Led to Interest in the Gospel
2:00 PM Brent Andrewsen Foundational to Our Faith: “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”
3:00 PM Break  
3:15 PM Carol Rice Teaching and Communicating the Doctrine of the Family to the Rising Generation
4:15 PM Cassandra Hedelius Compassion and Evidence: The Wisdom of Church Guidelines for Transgender Individuals and Their Families
5:15 PM Closing  
Friday, August 5
8:50 AM Opening  
9:00 AM Scott Gordon TBA
10:00 AM     Ty Mansfield Loving Truth and Truly Loving: Mapping the Problems and Possibilities in the Latter-day Saint/LGBTQ+ Conversation
11:00 AM Ben Spackman First Things, Faith, and Reading Scripture Literally: Why It Matters
12:00 AM Lunch  
12:50 PM FAIR Business  
1:00 PM Jeffrey Thayne How Worldviews Reveal the World to Us, and Why This Matters to Apologists
2:00 PM Angela Fallentine Why Marriage, Why Family? Introducing a New Framework
3:00 PM Break  
3:15 PM Barrett Burgin Five Pillars for a New Wave of Latter-day Saint Cinema
4:15 PM Daniel Peterson Apologetics
5:15 PM  Closing  
 

BRENT ANDREWSEN

Photo-Brent-Andrewsen-150x150.jpgBrent Andrewsen is the chairman of Sutherland Institute Board of Directors, an independent research and educational institution and think tank, whose mission is to advance civility, sound ideas, and principled public policy supporting faith, family and free enterprise. Brent also serves as the chairman of Skyline Research Institute and is the former chairman of the Board of Directors at Kirton McConkie. He has an AV PreeminentTM peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is recognized as one of Utah’s Legal Elite for estate planning, a Mountain States Super Lawyer for estate planning and non-profits, and a Best Lawyer for trusts/estates and non-profits/charities. He was also honored by Utah Business magazine as a 40 Under 40 Rising Star. Brent earned his B.A. in political science from BYU and a J.D. cum laude from the Washington & Lee University Law School.
Presentation: Foundational to Our Faith: “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”

BARRETT BURGIN

Photo-Barrett-Burgin-150x150.jpgBarrett Burgin is an award-winning filmmaker, best known for his films The Next Door (2016), Out of the Ground (2017), Father of Man (2019), and most recently CRYO (2022), which released in theaters and on digital in June. Burgin has also written extensively about the potential of Latter-day Saint Cinema, as well as the intersections between videogames, ritual, new media, the afterlife, immortality, and technology..
Presentation: Five Pillars for a New Wave of Latter-day Saint Cinema

ANGELA FALLENTINE

Photo-Angela-Fallentine.jpgPending.
Presentation: Why Marriage, Why Family? Introducing a New Framework

CRAIG FOSTER

Pending.
Presentation: What Under the Banner of Heaven Gets Wrong

DAN GALORATH

Pending.
Presentation: TBA

SCOTT GORDON

Pending.
Presentation: TBA

CASSANDRA HEDELIUS

Photo-Cassandra-Hedelius-150x150.jpgCassandra Hedelius serves on the board of FAIR. She has a JD from the University of Colorado and has practiced domestic and business law. She is currently raising and homeschooling her three children.
Presentation: Compassion and Evidence: The Wisdom of Church Guidelines for Transgender Individuals and Their Families

KENT P. JACKSON

Pending.
Presentation: Was Joseph Smith Influenced by Outside Sources in His Translation of the Bible?

TARIK D. LACOUR

Tarik_D_LaCour-Photo-150x150.jpgTarik D. LaCour is a Ph.D student in philosophy and MA student in neuroscience at Texas A&M. Primary research interests are in philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of mind, moral psychology and epistemology. He is a traditional Latter-day Saint and author of the blog Mad Dog Naturalist. He has interest in developing rigorous apologetic arguments rooted in an empirical philosophical approach and plans on continuing his contributions to Latter-day Saint apologetics.
Presentation: Taking the Best Arguments for Atheism Seriously

GARY LAWRENCE

Photo-Gary-Lawrence-150x150.jpgGary Lawrence is a public opinion researcher in Orange County, California.  He received a B.A. in political science from BYU and a Ph.D. from Stanford in the study of attitudes — how they are formed, how they are measured, and how they are changed.  He served a mission in Germany, has been an early morning seminary teacher, a bishop, and a member of various public affairs task forces in which he has conducted many focus groups for the Church.  Gary is the author of four books: How Americans View Mormonism, Mormons Believe … What?!, The War in Heaven Continues, and The Magnificent Gift of Agency. He and his wife, Jan, have been ordinance workers in the Newport Beach temple for 17 years.  They have four children and seven grandchildren and recently celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary.
Presentation: How Comfortable Conversations About the Gift of Agency Led to Interest in the Gospel

TY MANSFIELD

Photo-Ty-Mansfield-e1657227420551-150x15Ty Mansfield received his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy and has a private practice specializing in marital and sexual health and work with sexual and gender minorities. He is also adjunct faculty in Religious Education and the School of Family Life at BYU. Ty is a co-founder and past president of North Star, a faith-based ministry for Latter-day Saint sexual and gender minorities, and is currently serving as a member of the board of directors. He is part of the Reconciliation and Growth Project, a dialogue group between LGBTQ affirmative and religious conservative mental health professionals who have developed an ethical mental health treatment protocol for working with individuals experiencing conflict between their faith and their sexuality and/or gender identity. He is also part of the 4 Options Survey research team, a similarly ideologically diverse collaborative effort looking at healthy and sustainable life paths for sexual minorities. In addition to his work with sexuality and gender, Ty is a certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher and a co-author with Jacob Hess, Carrie Skarda, and Kyle Anderson of the recent book The Power of Stillness: Mindful Living for Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Danielle, have five children and live in Spanish Fork, UT.
Presentation: Loving Truth and Truly Loving: Mapping the Problems and Possibilities in the Latter-day Saint/LGBTQ+ Conversation

MATTHEW MCBRIDE

Pending.
Presentation: William Paul Daniels – Black Branch President

KERRY MUHLESTEIN

Photo-Kerry-Muhlestein-150x150.jpgKerry received his B.S. from BYU in Psychology with a Hebrew minor. He received an M.A. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from BYU and his Ph.D. from UCLA in Egyptology, where in his final year he was named the UCLA Affiliates Graduate Student of the Year. His first full time appointment was a joint position in Religion and History at BYU-Hawaii. He is the director of the BYU Egypt Excavation Project. He has been teaching about Isaiah for almost three decades, and has been teaching classes specifically on Isaiah for several years, and has written a verse-by-verse commentary on Isaiah. He and his wife, Julianne, are the parents of six children, and together they have lived in Jerusalem while Kerry has taught there on multiple occasions.
Presentation: Keys to Understanding Isaiah

DANIEL PETERSON

Photo-Dan-Peterson-scaled-e1657227103586Daniel C. Peterson is the president of the Interpreter Foundation, which publishes the online periodical Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, produces books, convenes conferences, and sponsors a weekly radio program:  https://interpreterfoundation.org.  He and his wife were the executive producers of the 2021 theatrical film Witnesses and have served in the same capacity for its 2022 docudrama sequel, Undaunted: Witnesses of the Book of Mormon.

A native of southern California who earned his doctorate at UCLA after study at BYU, in Jerusalem, and in Cairo, he retired on 1 July 2021 as a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University, where he had taught since 1985.

Formerly director of research and chairman of the board of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS), now BYU’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, he is also a former president of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology and is currently a member of the board of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy.

Dr. Peterson served in the Switzerland Zürich Mission (1972-1974), and, for approximately eight years, on the Gospel Doctrine writing committee for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He also presided for a time as the bishop of a singles ward adjacent to Utah Valley University.

He is married to the former Deborah Stephens, of Lakewood, Colorado, and they have three sons and three granddaughters.
Presentation: Apologetics

NEAL RAPPLEYE

Pending.
Presentation: Ishmael and Nahom in Ancient Inscriptions

CAROL RICE

Photo-Carol-Rice-150x150.jpgCarol Rice is the president of Skyline Research Institute and the Director of Communications for Public Square Magazine, a joint project of the Elizabeth McCune and the John A. Widstoe Foundation. As a communication, marketing, and outreach director over the past two decades, she has provided specialized communication and messaging training for non-profits and non-governmental organizations, including at the United Nations. She has worked extensively with prestigious storytelling organizations, including the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute, the National Storytelling Network, and the International Storytelling Center. Carol earned a BA in marriage and family relations with an emphasis in family advocacy from BYU-I. She and her husband Scott live in Alpine, Utah.
Presentation: Teaching and Communicating the Doctrine of the Family to the Rising Generation

BEN SPACKMAN

Ben_Spackman-Photo-150x150.jpgBen Spackman is a PhD candidate in American Religious History at Claremont. His dissertation examines the intellectual roots of LDS creationism and evolution in the 20th century. Prior to his work at Claremont, he received a master’s degree and did PhD work in Old Testament languages and literature at the University of Chicago. He is a guest editor of a special edition of BYU Studies dedicated to biological evolution and LDS faith, and writes at BenSpackman.com.
Presentation: First Things, Faith, and Reading Scripture Literally: Why It Matters

JEFFREY THAYNE

Jeffrey_Thayne-Photo-e1657227498207-150xDr. Jeffrey Thayne graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology. He completed his doctorate in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University. He runs the popular Latter-day Saint Philosopher blog, and spends time engaging in worldview apologetics (articulating and exploring the worldview assumptions that inform our faith). He currently resides in Washington state with his wife and two children.
Presentation: How Worldviews Reveal the World to Us, and Why This Matters to Apologists

LYNNE WILSON

Photo-Lynne-Hilton-Wilson-2-150x150.jpgLynne Hilton Wilson earned her Ph.D. in Theology and American Religious History from Marquette University.  Her doctoral dissertation compared Joseph Smith’s understanding of the Spirit with his contemporaries. Her master’s degree focused on New Testament studies. She attended BYU as an undergraduate and studied nursing and music. She returned to BYU has as an adjunct professor of Religion, and to teach at Education Week. She is presents regularly at the Mormon History Association, Society of Biblical Literature, and the like. She has served in the Church Education System for the past 35 years.  Currently she teaches Institute.  Previous Publications include: Christ’s Emancipation of New Testament Women, Nativity Narratives, Learning the Language of the Lord: A Guidebook to Personal Revelation, To Witness Easter, and articles in BYU Studies, the Interpreter, Religious Educator, and the BYU Religious Studies Center. She is co-founder of BookofMormonCentral.org. She and her husband, Elder Dow R. Wilson live in Palo Alto, California. They have seven children (all with red hair), and eight grandchildren (blond, ginger, and brown).
Presentation: Restoring a Kingdom of Priests and Priestesses

JED WOODWORTH

Pending.
Presentation: Saints Vol 3

BRUCE YOUNG

Photo-Bruce-Young-150x150.jpgBruce Young taught English literature at Brigham Young University for 38 years, specializing in Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and C. S. Lewis, along with an interest in the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. After retiring last year, he and his wife, Margaret Blair Young, prepared for missionary service in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They returned from their six-month mission a few days ago. Bruce has published on Shakespeare and other subjects, including a book titled Family Life in the Age of Shakespeare. Together they have produced two feature films, Heart of Africa and Heart of Africa 2: Companions. They have four children and ten grandchildren, including five bonus grandchildren who joined the family as a group in 2017.
Presentation: Living and Sharing the Essence of the Gospel in the DR-Congo

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And a newsletter that went out today, from our VP, Trevor Holyoak

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One month from right now, where will you be? Will you be settling in to hear Dan Peterson speaking about Reflections of a Latter-day Saint Movie Maker as the 2022 FAIR Conference draws to a close?

We would love to have you join us at the FAIR Conference this year! We have some exciting speakers lined up that will be talking about a variety of topics such as:
 
  • The Old Testament 
  • The Proclamation on the Family 
  • Joseph Smith’s Translation of the Bible 
  • Book of Mormon Evidences 
  • Atheism 
  • Church History

This year we’re able to provide free streaming, thanks to a very generous anonymous donor, but we will also have some things that will only be available for those who attend in person. 

For instance, on Thursday during lunch we’ve scheduled a panel discussion with Brian Hales, Cassandra Hedelius, Sarah Allen and Mike Ash responding to critical questions from Reddit. 

One of our presenters is giving out a free copy of his book to every in-person attendee. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to talk to the presenters, get your books signed, and get to know other attendees as you discuss questions and concerns and learn new ways to teach the gospel and defend the Church of Jesus Christ. The silent auction always has some fun and interesting items, and you can also browse the bookstore and get a firsthand look at the latest publications. 

There's something special about being there in person...

 
 
The conference is always a memorable experience so we’re looking forward to seeing you in Provo this August!

 

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Wow, it's like night and day with the Sunstone Symposium.

The highlight being the kickball game between Team Higher Law (fundamentalists) and Team Outer Darkness (ex members).

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So they got as their main speaker the actor who played Brigham Young for Under the Banner….I can’t find anything that indicates he has a long term connection with our faith.  So it is likely his personal reaction to what little research he did on the character and his experience playing Young.  Not a big draw for me…not even a little one.  A good reason to skip, in fact.

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I have a question of what “centering” used as a verb means…as in “How can you talk about…..without centering love? How can you talk about….., without centering the people”.

I assume it means “focusing on”, but would like confirmation or correction.

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58 minutes ago, Nofear said:

Most/all of these FAIR talks will be available later, yes?

I found Ty Mansfield's talk very insightful and will be quite helpful to share with many.

Yes, they are generally free after a year to watch, transcripts take awhile to put up, but are free.  We always need transcriber volunteers.  :) 

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5 hours ago, Nofear said:

Most/all of these FAIR talks will be available later, yes?

I found Ty Mansfield's talk very insightful and will be quite helpful to share with many.

Tyler said the streaming should be available for a short while. 
 

There have been some stunning presentations and the tech is stellar. 

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https://www.fairlatterdaysaints.org/blog/2022/08/09/fair-conference-podcast-81-craig-foster-what-under-the-banner-of-heaven-gets-wrong

”Craig Foster, What Under the Banner of Heaven Gets Wrong

We have more resources responding to Under the Banner of Heaven here, including interviews Craig Foster did with some of the law enforcement officers that were involved.”

You can still register to watch the entire conference for free. I do not know how long the offer will last. 

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