We’re going virtual!
With the uncertainty around large-scale gatherings, like many other conferences, we’re bringing the the 2020 FairMormon Conference to you in an interactive virtual format. Just like every year, we have a full lineup of amazing speakers. Join us for live streaming on August 5-7 (Wednesday-Friday), on demand after the conference, or both!
Join us from anywhere around the world!
About the Conference
The FairMormon Conference is an annual event that brings together a variety of people from a variety of areas. Each comes with a unique perspective on history, science, or theology, and all come with a desire to help discuss issues that are sometimes challenging to testimonies and faith. It is a great way to get informed. Our conference is geared toward providing information and answers needed to faithfully deal with criticisms leveled against the Church and gospel.
Each year we strive to present speakers that address wide-ranging topics. We invite you to join us for a frank, thought-provoking, faith-building, and enjoyable experience. Come see what the excitement is all about!
We have two types of tickets this year, both for all three days:
Live streaming : $59.95
- Watch the conference online in real time.
- View the conference on demand immediately after the conference for a year.
- Have the opportunity to submit questions to the speakers during the conference.
- Receive additional perks, such free shipping (continental U.S. only) on books purchased from the online bookstore during the three days of the conference, recorded Q&As with some of the speakers, and downloadable goodies (we’re still gathering them!).
On demand after the conference: $29.95
- View the conference on demand starting in September.
Sustaining Members receive a $12 discount! Not a Sustaining Member? Join today! Your discount will be automatically applied if you have purchased a membership (be sure to be logged in). Discount works for either ticket type.
Special student and CES employee price: $15.00 for the full, live-streaming ticket. To receive this discount, purchase a student or S&I membership (no cost) and then purchase your conference ticket (be sure to be logged in).
Susan Easton Black
Susan Easton Black, an emeritus professor from Brigham Young University, was born and reared in Long Beach, California. Susan was the first woman to teach religion at BYU and the first woman to receive the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award for her research and writing, the highest award given a professor at BYU. Susan has been a prolific writer of Church history and Doctrine.
Presentation: Emma Smith: The Office of thy Calling
Bruce E. Dale
Dr. Bruce E. Dale received his bachelor’s (summa cum laude) and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona and the doctorate from Purdue University in 1979. Dr. Dale is currently University Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University. He serves as Editor in Chief and Founding Editor of the journal Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. He won the Charles D. Scott Award (1996) for contributions to biofuel production and the Sterling Hendricks Award (2007) for contributions to agriculture. Professor Dale was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2011 and a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers in 2015. In 2017 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Inventors. He has published over 300 archival journal papers which have been cited over 36,000 times and has received 63 US and international patents. His research interests are the relationships between energy use and prosperity and the design of integrated agroenergy systems to produce sustainable fuels, chemicals, animal feed and food.
Presentation: Joseph Smith: The World’s Greatest Guesser – A Bayesian Statistical Analysis of Positive and Negative Correspondences Between the Book of Mormon and The Maya, 9th Edition
John Gee is the William (Bill) Gay Research Professor in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University. He has authored over one-hundred and fifty publications including three books and editor of eight books and has edited a peer-reviewed international professional journal. He has served on the board of trustees of national and international organizations.
Presentation: By the Numbers
Tyler Griffin was born and raised in Providence, Utah, in the beautiful Cache Valley. After serving a mission in Brazil Curitiba, he returned home and married an Angel named Kiplin Crook. They have 10 children (5 boys and 5 girls). They love spending time in the mountains, playing board games, doing house projects, and making music together. Tyler began his career by teaching seminary for 6 years in Brigham City, Utah. He spent the next 7 years teaching at the Logan LDS Institute adjacent to Utah State University. He has taught at BYU since August 2010. He is a co-founder of BYU Virtual Scriptures Group, which develops digital learning resources to enhance scriptural immersion and understanding. His bachelors degree was in electrical engineering and his masters and doctorate degrees are both in instructional technology. He and Taylor Halverson film a weekly Youtube video and podcast series called “Come, Follow Me Insights,” which is hosted by Book of Mormon Central. He authored When Heaven Feels Distant, co-authored Come Unto Me: Illuminating the Savior’s Life, Mission, Parables, and Miracles, and co-edited Millions Shall Know Brother Joseph Again.
Presentation: Latter-day Lessons from Alma 30: Recognizing and Combating Anti-Christ Teachings and Tactics
Laura Harris Hales
Laura Harris Hales is an independent scholar, editor of A Reason for Faith (Deseret Book and RSC, 2016), and co-author of Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding (Greg Kofford Books, 2015). Through her efforts as the executive director of the Latter-day Saint Perspectives Podcast, interviews with top Latter-day Saint scholars have been made available to thousands of worldwide listeners, garnering millions of downloads since 2016. She has presented at conferences of the Mormon History Association, John Whitmer Historical Society, Fairmormon, and the History of the Saints. In addition to a BA in international studies from BYU, she holds an MA in professional writing and is currently working on graduate studies in history at Arizona State University.
Presentation: Helen Mar Kimball’s Polygamy Story
Taylor Halverson is an aspiring master learner. He currently is an Entrepreneurship Professor in the BYU Marriott School of Business. As an executive coach and entrepreneur, he builds leaders and businesses while creating transformative professional and personal development experiences. Taylor leads acclaimed travel tours to incredible locations throughout the world (Israel, China, India, Europe, Central America, and America’s National Parks). Tour members have loved his irresistible enthusiasm, encyclopedic knowledge, spirit of adventure, and sense of fun. Taylor is a prolific author and editor of 20 books and more than 300 articles and a developer of breakthrough scripture study resources with Book of Mormon Central (ScripturePlus app) and BYU’s Virtual Scripture Group (3D Ancient Jerusalem project). Taylor loves to spend time with his family on all sorts of adventures including exploring the nooks and crannies of the American West and Southwest, participating with geology and archaeology teams on location, creating and mixing electronic music, watching and discussing edifying shows, reading good books, playing games, learning, and laughing.
Taylor’s academic training includes: BA, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Brigham Young University; MA, Biblical Studies, Yale University; MS, Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University; PhD, Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University; PhD, Judaism & Christianity in Antiquity, Indiana University
Presentation: The Covenant Path in the Bible and the Book of Mormon
Elizabeth Kuehn received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Arizona State University and her Masters of Arts from Purdue University in History, with a focus on religious history and women and gender studies in early modern European history. She entered a doctoral program in History at the University of California, Irvine, and became a PhD candidate there in 2011.
Since 2013, she has worked as a documentary editor and historian on the Joseph Smith Papers Project based at the Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a co-editor of several documentary editions of the Joseph Smith Papers, including Documents Volume 5: October 1835-January 1838; Documents Volume 6: February 1838 – August 1839; and Documents Volume 10: May to August 1842, which was published in May 2020. She is currently the lead editor of the Financial Records series of the Joseph Smith Papers Project.
Her research interests include the Latter-day Saint communities in Kirtland, Ohio and Nauvoo, Illinois; the financial records of Joseph Smith; and Nauvoo era plural marriage. She has worked to bring greater inclusion of women and representation of their experiences to the Joseph Smith Papers Project.
Presentation: Insights from Joseph Smith’s Life in the Summer of 1842: Trials, Tenacity, and Gratitude
James Perry is a historian and writer for Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days. He holds a recently minted PhD in history from Lancaster University. James has published articles concerning European Latter-day Saints in several scholarly journals including the Journal of Mormon History and Mormon Historical Studies. Until moving to the United States of America, he served as a Europe Area Church History Specialist with an assignment for the United Kingdom. He currently lives in West Bountiful, Utah, with his wife and two daughters.
Presentation: When Doubts and Questions Arise: Church History and European Saints
Jennifer Roach earned a Master of Divinity from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, and a Master of Counseling from Argosy University. Before her conversation to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints she was an ordained minister in the Anglican church. Her own experience of sexual abuse from a pastor during her teen years led her to care deeply about issues of abuse in faith communities.
Presentation: Private Bishop Interviews as Protective Factor: Why LDS Teens Benefit From a Few Moments Alone With Their Bishop