- About the Conference
- Conference Registration
- Conference Streaming
- Become a Sponsor
- Schedule and Speakers
Mark your calendars for the 2018 FairMormon Conference, 1-3 August 2018. Yes, three days this year! The first day will be a FairMormon Women’s workshop. It is open to both men and women, but it will focus on women in the Church. The conference will be held at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah.
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.
The FairMormon Conference 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!
What to Expect
The presentations last 50 minutes with a 10-minute break in between, plus an hour lunch break. There is a single track – no simultaneous classes – so you will be able to attend all presentations.
You are welcome to bring a laptop to take notes, though outlets are few. You should be able to find an outlet somewhere to top off during lunch. Wifi will be available.
Dress code: Casual to business casual.
Everyone is invited.
Pre-registration is available for all or three days or individual days.
Wednesday is the FairMormon Women’s workshop. It is open to both men and women, but it will focus on women in the Church. A hot, plated lunch will be served for all ticket holders.
Our traditional conference will continue on Thursday and Friday. You can purchase an optional box lunch for those two days. The Thursday/Friday box lunch generally includes a sandwich, chips, salad, cookie, and drink.
- All three days: $75.95 without lunch / $99.95 with lunch
- Wednesday only: $48.95 (lunch included)
- Thursday and Friday only: $49.95 without lunch / $73.95 with lunch
- Thursday OR Friday (one-day ticket): $30.95 without lunch / $42.95 with lunch
NOTE: Conference ticket pre-sales with lunch end Wednesday, July 25. Conference ticket pre-sales without lunch end Saturday, July 28. After that, all ticket sales will be at the door, without lunch, and will cost $5 more per day. Streaming sales will be available before, during, and after the conference.
Conference streaming is available for your Windows, Android, Apple, and Roku devices. This is a way for you to have your own FairMormon Conference in your home or office. The price for streaming the conference into your home or to your phones, computers, or tablets is $29.95 for all three days. The streaming will be available live and then archived content will be available for a limited time beginning a few days after the conference. Thus those who are in different time zones can take advantage of this opportunity.
NOTE: Streaming will continue to be available for purchase through the conference and will remain available for purchase for several months after the conference.
Streaming includes both audio and video. Due to the nature of streaming, some presentation content may be illegible. When you sign up, in the notes section, please mention which device or devices you are planning on using (Roku, iPhone, iPad, Android tablet, etc.).
Become a Sponsor
Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact DeeAnn Cheatham at [email protected] for more information on becoming a sponsor and for guidance on what sponsorship level will work best for you.
Schedule and Speakers
Conference sessions begin at 9:00 am each day and end at 5:45 pm. Registration is available before the first session each day.
The schedule will be posted in July.
Steve Densley and Geret Giles
Presentation: Barriers to Belief
Steven C. Harper
Steven C. Harper is a historian for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who has served as an editor of The Joseph Smith Papers, working on volumes in the Documents series and the Revelations and Translations series. He taught religion at BYU from 2002 to 2012 and religion and history at BYU–Hawaii from 2000 to 2001. He earned his PhD in early American history from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Joseph Smith’s First Vision: A Guide to the Historical Accounts (2012), Making Sense of the Doctrine and Covenants (2008), and Promised Land: Penn’s Holy Experiment, the Walking Purchase, and the Dispossession of Delawares 1600–1763 (2006), as well as multiple published articles on early Mormonism and the early American republic. Two of these were awarded the T. Edgar Lyon and Juanita Brooks awards by the Mormon History Association.
Presentation: Making Saints: A Look into the Writing of the New Church History
A native of southern California, Daniel C. Peterson received a bachelor’s degree in Greek and philosophy from Brigham Young University (BYU) and, after several years of study in Jerusalem and Cairo, earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Peterson is a professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic at BYU, where he has taught Arabic language and literature at all levels, Islamic philosophy, Islamic culture and civilization, Islamic religion, the Qur’an, the introductory and senior “capstone” courses for Middle Eastern Studies majors, and various other occasional specialized classes. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on Islamic and Latter-day Saint topics–including a biography entitled Muhammad: Prophet of God (Eerdmans, 2007)—and has lectured across the United States, in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and at various Islamic universities in the Near East and Asia. He served in the Switzerland Zürich Mission (1972-1974), and, for approximately eight years, on the Gospel Doctrine writing committee for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He also presided for a time as the bishop of a singles ward adjacent to Utah Valley University. Dr. Peterson is married to the former Deborah Stephens, of Lakewood, Colorado, and they are the parents of three sons.
Sara Riley graduated cum laude with a BA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from BYU, and is currently working as a web designer part-time. She has published work on women hand drummers in ancient Israel and is interested in using technology to help spread Book of Mormon scholarship. At the moment, she continues to apply her knowledge of the ancient world to the Book of Mormon, all the while chasing around her toddler.
Presentation: “Even as Moses’ Did”: the Use of the Exodus Narrative in Mosiah 11-18
Taunalyn Ford Rutherford was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She earned a BA in History and an MA in Humanities from Brigham Young University and served an LDS mission in Stockholm Sweden. Recently she received her PhD in History of Religion at Claremont Graduate University. Her dissertation and her current book project focus on the growth of Mormonism in India. Her work has been published in academic journals and books, but her favorite works are her five children co-authored by her husband Jim Rutherford. She currently resides in Draper, Utah, and is an adjunct professor of religion at BYU.
Presentation: Mormon Women in India (Wednesday)
Presentation: “Have You Been Saved By Grace?” How Do We Respond?
Dr. Lynne Hilton Wilson lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband Dow R. Wilson. She is mother to seven children—all with red hair. During her under-graduate years at BYU in 1982 she studied nursing and the cello. She received an MA in Religious Studies from Cardinal Stritch University. Her thesis explored Christ’s birth narratives in the New Testament. She received a PhD in Theology and American History at Marquette University where she focused her dissertation on Joseph Smith’s doctrine of the Spirit compared to his contemporaries. She has been an adjunct professor at BYU and iis now the Stake institute director and teacher in the Menlo Park, California Stake for the Stanford single wards. She has written three books and published several papers. She is a popular speaker at BYU Women’s Conference, Education week, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Mormon History Association, Sperry Symposiums, and many others.
Presentation: Peter and Paul’s Paradoxical Passages on Women
The Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center is located across the street from the Convention Center. Not only is it convenient, but the Marriott is an upscale hotel providing rooms (standard room, 1 king or 2 queen beds) at the discounted rate of $129 per night (plus tax). This rate includes free in-room wifi. This special FairMormon Conference room rate is only available through 4 July 2018.
You can make your reservation by phone or online.
- Call 1-800-228-9290 or 801-377-4700 and request the FairMormon Conference room block.
- Click this link to book our special rate.
Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
101 West 100 North
Provo, Utah 84601 USA