The sixth annual “Book of Mormon Lands Conference” of the Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum (BMAF) will convene Saturday October 18 at the Red Lion Hotel on 600 South in Salt Lake City.  Selected speakers will give presentations on various topics related to the latest research in Book of Mormon studies regarding archaeology, geography, anthropology, and literary studies. Registration begins at 8:30 AM.

Donald W. Parry, Professor of Hebrew Bible Studies at Brigham Young University , will be the featured speaker of the conference.  His presentation is called “Isaiah’s Poetic Parallelisms in the Book of Mormon”.  Mike and Darcy Kennedy will speak at the luncheon.  Mike is the first descendant of Joseph Smith to join the LDS Church and hold the Melchizedek Priesthood.

An evening meal will feature the presentation of the  prestigious  “Father Lehi” Award to Elder Ted E. Brewerton and the “Mother Sariah” Award to Sister Dorothy H. Brewerton.

Other presenters include V. Garth Norman (“The Cubit Connection”), Diane Wirth (“Genealogy in Mesoamerica and in the Book of Mormon”), F. Richard Hauck (“Opening the Curtain: Recent Developments in Book of Mormon Research”), Stephen L. Carr (“A Summary of Several Theories of Book of Mormon Lands in Mesoamerica”), and David F. Lee (“A Context for Bearded Populations in Mesoamerica”).

A silent auction will feature Mesoamerican crafts, fine art, books and videos.

The BMAF organization’s Mission Statement is as follows:

The Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum (BMAF), is a not-for-profit organization dedicated as an open forum for presentations of research and evidences regarding Book of Mormon archaeology, anthropology, geography and culture within a Mesoamerican context.

Complete details and registration information can be found on the BMAF website:, or call (801) 447-2629.