Special Event

Selected Upcoming Events at BYU: September-October

Selected Upcoming Events at BYU: September-October

Fall is a busy time for BYU scholars! Join us for these special events.

Presentation on the Nature of the Original Language of the Book of Mormon, by Royal Skousen and Stanford Carmack, sponsored by BYU Studies and Interpreter Foundation.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 7 pm, Hinckley Center Assembly Hall

Skousen identifies words and phrases in the original Book of Mormon that existed in the English of the 1500s and 1600s but disappeared from the language.

Maxwell Institute Scholar Lecture: "Becoming a People of the Books: Early Converts and the Book of Mormon" by Janiece Johnson.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 4 pm, Education in Zion Theater, JFSB, BYU Campus

As Joseph Smith's translation of the Book of Mormon neared completion, he assured close associates that "a great call for our books" had already commenced. Fresh leather–bound copies of the first edition were published and sold beginning March 26, 1830, before the translator had become prophet, before a new church had been founded. How did its initial readers respond to this "Golden Bible"? Was it counterfeit or divine? Was it the "greatest piece of superstition" or a "revelation from God"? What would it be to them, personally? How did early Latter–day Saints develop a relationship with this new scriptural text?

40 Years: Commemorating the 1978 Priesthood and Temple Revelation

Friday, October 12, 2018, 9:00 — 3:15, Varsity Theater, BYU Campus

On June 1, 1978 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints extended priesthood ordination and full temple participation to members of African descent. Forty years later, scholars and students will gather at Brigham Young University to discuss the contexts of the restriction's origins and the landmark revelation that lifted them, the revelation's international dimensions, and the meaning of the revelation for today's Church.

Sidney B. Sperry Symposium: "Thou Art the Christ, the Son of the Living God: The Person and Work of Jesus in the New Testament", sponsored by the Religious Studies Center

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, 6:30 — 9:00, and Saturday, Oct. 27, 9:00 to noon

Keynote speakers are Neill F. Marriott and Camille Fronk Olson. Other speakers are BYU Religion faculty and Seminaries and Institute faculty.