2015 Sidney B. Sperry Symposium

The 2015 Brigham Young University Sidney B. Sperry Symposium explored the modern miracle of the translation and publication of the Book of Mormon. Featuring a keynote address by Elder Merrill J. Bateman discussing the Book of Mormon's restoration of plain and precious truths, these presentations describe the development of the teenage seer Joseph Smith Jr. and includes marvelous accounts of the many witnesses to the plates. The story of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, from Joseph Smith's translation of the sacred record to the process of financing and printing the first edition is told. Concluding with its message rolling forth to many nations—to "every kindred, tongue, and people."

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2015

Time

JSB Auditorium

6:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: Elder Merrill J. Bateman

The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon to Restore Plain and Precious Truths

Emeritus General Authority

 

 

Time

JSB Auditorium

206 MARB

207 MARB

7:30 p.m.

Joseph Smith’s Early Experiences with Moroni: The Probation of a Teenage Seer

 

Steven C. Harper

Historian, Church History Department

 

 

 

“They Are Not Cast Off Forever”—Fulfillment of the Covenant Purposes

 

Jared W. Ludlow

Ancient Scripture

BYU

 

Women Witnesses and the Translation Process

 

Amy Easton-Flake and Rachel Cope

Ancient Scripture

Church History & Doctrine

BYU

8:30

p.m.

Firsthand Witness Accounts of the Translation

 

Michael H. MacKay

Church History & Doctrine

BYU

 

 

The Reception of the Book of Mormon in Nineteenth-Century America

 

Jeremy Chatelain

S&I, Utah

The Lost 116 Pages Story: Things We Do Know and Things We Don’t

 

J. B. Haws

Church History & Doctrine

BYU

 

 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2015

Time

JSB Auditorium

206 MARB

207 MARB

9:00

a.m.

Martin Harris’s 1828 Visit to Luther Bradish, Charles Anthon, and Samuel Mitchill

 

Richard E. Bennett

Chair, Church History & Doctrine

BYU

Evolving Use of The Book of Mormon in the Latter Days

 

 

Casey Paul Griffiths

Church History & Doctrine

BYU

Joseph Smith’s Negotiations to Publish the Book of Mormon

 

 

Gerrit Dirkmaat

Church History & Doctrine

BYU

10:00

a.m.

Hefted and Handled: Tangible Interactions with Book of Mormon Objects

 

Anthony Sweat

Church History & Doctrine

BYU

The Eleven Witnesses

 

 

Steven C. Harper

Historian, Church History Department

“To Every Nation, Kindred, Tongue, and People”

 

Po Nien (Felipe) Chou

S&I, Curriculum Department

11:00

a.m.

 

Closing

Session

“To the Convincing of Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ”

 

Shon D. Hopkin

Ancient Scripture

BYU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPERRY SYMPOSIUM WEEK-DAY SESSIONS:

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015          VARSITY THEATER, WSC, BYU              7:00 p.m.

Joseph Smith’s Negotiations to Publish the Book of Mormon

Gerrit J. Dirkmaat

Church History & Doctrine

BYU

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2015             VARSITY THEATER, WSC, BYU              11:00 a.m.

The Eleven Witnesses

Steven C. Harper

Historian

Church History Department