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2019 Sidney B. Sperry Symposium

Friday, October 25 - Saturday, October 26

Sessions to be held Friday, October 25, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 26, 9:00 a.m. until noon in the Joseph Smith Building on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah. Admission is free. No registration is required.

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Friday, October 25, 2019
Time JSB Auditorium
6:30 p.m Keynote Address  What Is the Purpose of Suffering? - Tad R. Callister, Second Counselor, Sunday School General President, 2014–2019
Time JSB Auditorium 206 MARB 207 MARB 221 MARB W111 BNSN
7:30 pm

Repentance: Progress, Not Punishment

Brad Wilcox

Ancient Scripture, BYU

Look to the Lord! The Meaning of Liahona and the Doctrine of Christ in Alma 37–38 

Matthew L. Bowen

Religious Education, BYU–Hawaii

Alma, Ambiguity, and the Development of Doctrinal Understanding

Ryan Sharp

Ancient Scripture, BYU

Parents Teaching Children to Believe in Christ: An Echo of a Celestial Pattern

Byran B. Korth 

Church History and Doctrine, BYU

Born of God—Partaking of the Fruit

Jennifer Lane 

Religious Education, BYU–Hawaii

8:30 pm

Alma as an Intentional Father 

Mark D. Ogletree

Church History and Doctrine, BYU

Beyond Justice: Reading Alma 42 in the Context of Atonement Theories

Mark D. Ellison

Ancient Scripture, BYU

Alma 36: Teaching Repentance to Today’s Stripling Warriors

Brad W. Farnsworth

Ancient Scripture, BYU

Alma 36: A Call to Repentance, a Prophetic Call

Kevin L. Tolley

Seminaries and Institutes, California

Well-Crafted Counsel

Heather Hardy

Independent Scholar

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time JSB Auditorium 206 MARB 207 MARB 221 MARB W111 BNSN
9:00 am

Nurturing Faith: Literary Patterning in the Book of Alma

Grant Hardy
University of North Carolina–Asheville

Justice, Mercy, and the Atonement in the Teachings of Alma to Corianton

Daniel B. Sharp
Religious Education, BYU–Hawaii

Alma’s Loving Counsel to His Sons about the Law of Justice

Jared W. Ludlow
Ancient Scripture, BYU

Records and Relics: Covenantal Transition in Alma 37

David A. LeFevre
​Independent Scholar

Alma’s Chiasmus as Transformative Vicarious Experience

Stephan Taeger
Adjunct Professor, Ancient Scripture, BYU

10:00 am

Rethinking Alma 36

Noel B. Reynolds
Emeritus Professor, Political Science, BYU 

Women and Nephite Men: Lessons from the Book of Alma

Joseph M. Spencer
Ancient Scripture, BYU  

Law of God/God of Law: The Law of Moses in Alma’s Teachings to Corianton

Avram R. Shannon
Ancient Scripture, BYU

“Retain All Their Oaths:” Lehitic Covenant and Secret Combinations in Alma 37

Kimberly M. Berkey
PhD Student, Loyola University— Chicago

Words from the Wise: Alma 36–39 through the Lens of Proverbs 1–9

Jane Allis-Pike
Adjunct Professor, Ancient Scripture, BYU

Time JSB Auditorium
11:00 am Endnote Address  Mormon the Writer: Turning History into Story - Brant A. Gardner, Independent Scholar