Tuesday, April 15, 2014 will be the Fourteenth Annual Mormon Studies Conference @ Utah Valley University.

The conference theme is: Mormonism and the Asian Traditions

Speakers will include: Jessie Embry, Reid Neilson, Lanier Britsch and many others.

There will also be an interfaith dialog between a Buddhist priest and a member of the LDS Church. I had the opportunity to listen to their dialog at a previous conference and the dialog was very interesting.

The Conference info is listed below.

Schedule of Events

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

“Practicing Zazen, Sitting through Church: Boredom as a Fruit of the Spirit” 
Adam Miller
Professor of Philosophy at Collin College

“Mormonism and Buddhism: Where Do Questions Begin and End” 
Wayne Hanewicz
Director of Integrated Studies Program at Utah Valley University

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

“The Trappings of Religious Culture and Ritual: Buddhism and Mormonism”
Ken White
Instructor, Department of Philosophy & Humanities, Utah Valley University

“Bridging Cultures: Asian American Mormons” 
Jessie Embry
Assistant Director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at
Brigham Young University

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

“Interfaith Dialogue, Buddhism and Mormonism” 
Jerry K. Hirano
Minister, Salt Lake Buddhist Temple

Elizabeth Ann Takasaki
former member of the Young Women General Board of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“A Mormon and a Buddhist Debate Plural Marriage:
The Letters of Elder Alma O. Taylor and the Reverend
Nishijima Kakuryo, 1901” 

Reid Neilson
Managing Director, Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints

“Historical and Cultural Challenges to LDS Missionary Work in Japan” 
Lanier Britsch
Emeritus Professor of history at Brigham Young University

for more information, contact Boyd Petersen at boyd.petersen@uvu.edu