Excerpts of Conference to address Mormon history controversies, Examiner.com
A conference for Latter-day Saints apologists is set to convene later this week to discuss controversial aspects of Mormon history. Presenters at the Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research (FAIR) conference "come with a desire to help defend the gospel and share evidences of its truth" by addressing some of the more problematic issues of LDS church history.
Brant Gardner will discuss Joseph Smith's use of seer stones to search for buried treasure in the early 1820s, and to translate the Book of Mormon.
McKay White will address issues surrounding the "Kirkland Safety Society Anti-Banking Company" set up by Joseph Smith and other early church leaders that ultimately failed due to the national financial crisis of 1837.
Joseph Smith's introduction and practice of plural marriage has been controversial since it's inception, and while no longer practiced by the mainstream church, it remains an uncomfortable topic for it's members. Yet Greg Smith's presentation "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Plural Marriage, But Were Afraid To Ask" will provide a forum for those who want to learn more.
Brigham Young's Adam God Theory will be addressed by Matthew Brown, and Ron Barney will address criticisms regarding "the reliability of Mormon History Produced by the LDS Church."
According to Scott Gordon, President of FAIR "this year's speakers will address wide-ranging topics sure to please every interest. We invite you to join us for a frank, thought-provoking, faith-building, and enjoyable experience."
The conference will be this Thursday and Friday (Aug 6-7) at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah.
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