Elder Jeffrey R. Holland gave the concluding address about the power of physical evidence in defending the gospel at the Chiasmus Jubilee conference sponsored by Book of Mormon Central and BYU Studies on August 16, 2017. This conference celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon. You can watch Elder Holland’s remarks below.
This year marks the 50th anniversary since John W. Welch discovered Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon. This discovery has changed the way we forever approach Book of Mormon scholarship. To celebrate this day, we invite you to join us on August 16th, 7:00 – 9;00 p.m. for a Chiasmus Jubilee hosted and organized by BYU Studies and Book of Mormon Central. Continue reading →
Editors Jenny Reeder and Kate Holbrook, respectively 19th- and 20th-century women’s historians, discuss their multi-year project to bring LDS women’s speeches together inAt the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women.
This is the second book to come out of the Church Historian’s Press in as many years with the goal of making LDS women’s experiences, history, and discourses available to the mainstream membership.
Before the reader even opens the book, the nostalgic cover art ofAt the Pulpitbrings to mind its two opposing themes: change and familiarity. One glance at the over-sized corsage adorning Belle Spafford’s tailored dress may spawn a flood of memories. When was it that they stopped having women wear corsages at conference anyway? The scene is as familiar and comforting as it is foreign.
Because women didn’t typically speak in conference settings before the mid-20th century, the definition of “discourse” is stretched a bit for this anthology. To Reeder and Holbrook’s credit, this makes the book seem less like a collection of discourses than treasured glimpses into the relationship LDS women have had to their God over the last 185 years.
It is less a collection of talks than a creative medium for teaching about how attitudes toward the roles of women at home and in the LDS Church have changed and in some ways remained the same.
Many may find the introductions to each discourse the most enjoyable portions of the book. In these brief overviews, readers not only receive context for the discourse but also context for the time in which it is given.
Overall this is a welcome addition to the fine work coming out of the Church History Department and to the library of anyone wishing to entertain a more nuanced view on the amplitude of women’s voices in LDS discourse over the years.
A Conference to Explore Joseph Smith’s Translation Process
One key to understanding Mormonism’s prophetic founder, Joseph Smith, is to grapple with his sharply distinctive practice of “translation.” Come take advantage of a unique, day-long conversation by some of Mormon Studies’ leading minds on this challenging issue. Featuring presentations and round-table discussions with Richard Bushman, Terryl Givens, Jared Hickman, Jana Riess, Samuel Brown, and Rosalynde Welch.
Royal Skousen and Stan Carmack presented at the 2016 FairMormon Conference on the subject of “Finishing up the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project: An Introduction to The History of the Text of the Book of Mormon.” Their presentation is now available in video and text form at the FairMormon website.