The Maxwell Institute Summer Seminar Symposium (July 11, 2013)

The Maxwell Institute Summer Seminar, co-sponsored by the Mormon Scholars Foundation and the Jack and Mary Lois Wheatley Institution, will be holding a public symposium on Thursday July 11th, 2013 at Brigham Young University, for all interested parties.

This year’s seminar has continued the series of seminars on Mormon culture begun in the summer of 1997. The seminar was conducted by Terryl Givens, Professor of Literature and Religion and James A. Bostwick Chair of English at the University of Richmond. The theme this year was “Workings of the Spirit and Works of the Priesthood: Gifts and Ordinances in LDS Thought and Practice”; presentations at the symposium will largely revolve around this broad topic.

Morning Session

9:00 AM Welcome by Terry Givens

9:05 AM “God’s Power and the Problem of Chaos” -Matt Whitlock

9:35 AM “Web of Kin or Chain of Family: Theological Implications of Early Mormon Sealings to 1894” – Carl Cranney

10:05 AM “Ever Expanding Eternities: An Exploration into Early Mormon Ontology and Soteriology” – Jeremy Talmage

10:35 AM “A Flood of Light and An Abyss of Darkness: Mormons, Heathens, and Bringing Truth Home to Zion” – James Egan

11:05 AM “The Atonement and Justice in LDS Belief and Covenant” – Craig Rossell

11:35 AM “Authority and Law in Mormon Restorationism” – Mie Inouye

12:05 PM LUNCH

Afternoon Session

1:00 PM “Divine Authority and the Conditions of Salvation” – Ryan Davis

1:30 PM “’That ye may not be deceived’: Discerning of Spirits and the 1831 Priesthood Developments” – Jeremy Leatham

2:00 PM “Gifts and Boondoggles: Spiritual Praxis among Early Mormon Missionaries” – Kaitlyn Pieper

2:30 PM “Joseph Smith and the Gift of Translation: The Development of Spiritual Gifts during the Early Book of Mormon Translation Process (1828-1829)”  – Kirk Caudle

3:00 PM “Perverted by the most frantic enthusiasm:” The Embrace of Spiritual Gifts in early Mormonism” – Alan Clark

3:30 PM “The Blessing Female” – Helena Bushman

4:00 PM “Unveiling the Face of God” – Alex Struk


The symposium will be held at Brigham Young University in room B-092 in the Joseph F. Smith Building  from 9am-4pm. All are invited to attend and the event is free. 


The Maxwell Institute Summer Seminar Symposium (July 11, 2013) — 1 Comment

  1. ATTN: Craig Rossell – I’d like to get more information on just which ‘Daniel Hendrix’ is referred to in your article on the cultural history of the Golden Plates. The Daniel Hendrix who was an ancestor of mine was ib Brigham Young’s Company asa Captain of 10. It seems weird that he may have penned such a strange story. Please contact me at