Mormon Scholars are gathering once again in Sandy Utah on August 4 & 5 at the FAIR Conference to discuss controversial issues that are facing members of the Church today. With Mitt Romney and John Huntsman in the spotlight, a new musical on Broadway, controversy over immigration laws, and a new Mormon basketball player, more and more journalists are calling this a Mormon moment. But, several controversial issues continue to be brought up by members of the press, as well as other critics of Mormonism.

On August 4 & 5 the scholars will meet to discuss these and other issues. It is open to the public and you won’t want to miss it. The schedule is as follows:


Thursday August 4 Schedule
Time Presentation Speaker
8:00 am Registration
9:00 am Opening Remarks – Fair Scott Gordon
9:30 am Seehood, Pure Language, and Sacred Translation Samuel Brown
10:30 am A Reconciliation of Polygamy Valerie Hudson
1:00 pm Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Blood Atonement Balance Sheet Mickay V. Jones
2:00 pm The Sacred Embrace in Ancient Egyptian Religion and Art Stephen Ricks
3:15 pm The Gift and Power: Translating the Book of Mormon Brant Gardner
4:15 pm Accounts of the First Vision Steven C. Harper
5:15 pm Closing



Friday August 5 Schedule
Time Presentation Speaker
8:00 am Registration
8:50 am Opening
9:00 am W. Mitt Romney and Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.’s 2012
Quest for the Presidency: A Mormon Moment or
Mormon Question…Revisited
Newell Bringhurst
10:00 am Borders & Boundaries: The Immigration Fervor that Threatens to Divide Us Cynthia J. Lange
11:00 am Something Wiki This Way Comes: How Collaborative Editing is Changing the Face of Online LDS Apologetics Roger Nicholson
1:00 pm ‘President Joseph Has Translated a Portion’: Solving the Mystery of the Kinderhook Plates Don Bradley
2:00 pm Book of Mormon ‘Wordprint’ Analysis: How to do it wrong…and how to do it right Paul Fields
3:15 pm Excavating the Text: Archaeological Expectations for Book of Mormon Peoples Chris Watkins
4:15 pm Mormonism, Islam, and the Question of Other Religions Dan Peterson
5:15 pm Closing

Find out more information about the conference, and register for the conference at, or go to and click on the conference link.