- What to Expect
JOIN US for the 2019 FairMormon Conference, August 7-9, 2019.
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.
Registration (in person and streaming) will open up in the spring.
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.
Matthew L. Bowen is an assistant professor of Religious Education at Brigham Young University–Hawaii where he has taught since 2012. He holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he also earned an M.A (Biblical Studies). He previously earned a B.A. in English with a minor in Classical Studies (Greek emphasis) from Brigham Young University (Provo) and subsequently pursued post-Baccalaureate studies in Semitic languages, Egyptian, and Latin there. In addition to having taught at Brigham Young University–Hawaii, he has previously taught at the Catholic University of America and at Brigham Young University. Bowen is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on scripture- and temple-related topics and two forthcoming books on scriptural onomastics. Bowen grew up in Orem, Utah, and served a two-year mission in the California Roseville Mission. He and his wife, the former Suzanne Blattberg, are the parents of three children, Zachariah, Nathan, and Adele.
Presentation: Laman and Nephi as Key-Words: An Etymological, Narratological, and Rhetorical Approach to Understanding Lamanites and Nephites as Religious, Political, and Cultural Descriptors
Brian C. Hales
Brian C. Hales is the author of Setting the Record Straight: Mormon Fundamentalism and also Modern Polygamy and Mormon Fundamentalism: The Generations after the Manifesto, which received the “Best Book of 2007 Award” from the John Whitmer Historical Association. In addition he co-authored the 1992 publication The Priesthood of Modern Polygamy: An LDS Perspective, and is webmaster of mormonfundamentalism.com. Brian works as an anesthesiologist at the Davis Hospital and Medical Center in Layton, Utah, where he serves as Secretary of the Medical Staff. He also served as President of the Davis County Medical Society in 2009.
An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brian has fulfilled many Church callings and is a former full-time missionary. He has presented at the Mormon History Association meetings, Sunstone Symposiums, and the John Whitmer Historical Association meetings on polygamy-related topics. His articles have also been published in Mormon Historical Studies, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and the Journal of Mormon History. In addition to his historical works, Brian has authored three books on doctrinal themes entitled The Veil (Cedar Fort, 2000), Trials (Cedar Fort, 2002), and Light (Cedar Fort, 2004). Brian published the three-volume Joseph Smith’s Polygamy by Greg Kofford Books in 2013.
Presentation: Supernatural or Supernormal? Scrutinizing Secular Sources for the Book of Mormon
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 $131 per night (plus tax). This rate includes free in-room wifi and free onsite parking. This special FairMormon Conference room rate is only available through 10 July 2019.
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
See this PDF as well as the map below: Downtown Provo Parking Map (PDF)
We are grateful to the help and support from the following sponsors: