London Seminar Conference Schedule

The First Annual Summer Seminar on Mormon Theology, “A Dream, a Rock, and a Pillar of Fire: Reading 1 Nephi 1,” will hold a conference, open to the public, on June 20th from 9am-5pm at the Hyde Park Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in London, England.

The conference papers are the end result of an intensive two-week seminar in which the participants collaboratively engaged in a close reading of 1 Nephi 1.

The conference schedule includes:

9:00-9:30, James Faulconer, “What is a Mormon Theology Seminar?”

9:30-10:15, Julie Smith, “Huldah’s Long Shadow: Her Impact on the Book of Mormon”


10:30-11:15, Ben Peters, “The Missing Medium: Rereading Revelation as Interruption in 1 Nephi 1″

11:15-12:00, Joseph Spencer, “Why Should Lehi’s Hearers Respond with Violence to His Message of the Messiah? Historical and Theological Suggestions”


2:00-2:45, George Handley, “Dreams, Visions, and Foolish Imaginations: Alternative History as Sacred History in The Book of Mormon”

2:45-3:30, Michael Ulrich, “Joining the Heavenly Chorus by Responding Adequately to Revelation”


3:45-4:30, Miranda Wilcox, “‘Tender Mercies’ in 1 Nephi, the Psalms, and the Language of English Scriptures”

4:30-5:15, Adam Miller, “Burnt Offerings: Favor, Afflictions, and the Mysteries of God”

The seminar is sponsored by the Mormon Theology Seminar in partnership with the Neal A. Maxwell Institute at Brigham Young University and with generous support from the Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies and the Richard L. Evans Professor of Religious Understanding.

This seminar is under the direction of Adam Miller and Joseph Spencer with assistance from Brian Hauglid, director of the Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies, and James Faulconer, a Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding and the director of the BYU London Centre.

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