October 5 – 7, 2023
Utah State University, Logan, UT

Thursday (October 5)

Pre-Conference Panel + Book Display, Church History Library, Salt Lake City, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Robert Messick (Independent Scholar) – “The Book of Mormon Census Project: In Commemoration of the 200th Anniversary”
Rachel Meibos Helps (Brigham Young University) – “What Wikipedia Can Do for Book of Mormon Studies”

Robin Jensen and Joan Nay (LDS Church History Library) – “Panel: Book of Mormon Translation Editions”

Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture, Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall, USU, 7:00 pm

Jared Farmer (University of Pennsylvania) – “Music and the Unspoken Truth”

Friday (October 6)

Plenary Session: Book Reviews, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Janiece Johnson (Deseret Book), reviewing Grant Hardy, ed., The Annotated Book of Mormon
Joseph Spencer (Brigham Young University), reviewing Richard L. Bushman, Joseph Smith’s Gold Plates: A Cultural History
John Christopher Thomas (Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Bangor University), reviewing Kimberly Matheson, Helaman: A Brief Theological Introduction

Plenary Session: Keynote Panel, 9:45 – 10:45 am

Farina King (University of Oklahoma) & Michael Ing (Indiana University) – “‘Written to the Lamanites’: Implications of Discourses on Indigeneity from the Book of Mormon”

Concurrent Sessions, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Room 1
Elizabeth Fenton (University of Vermont) – “Scripture Unbound: Why the Book of Mormon’s Binding Matters”
Jared Hickman (Johns Hopkins University) – “‘Written to the Lamanites’: Cataloguing, Categorizing, and Contextualizing the Earliest Indigenous Reception of The Book of Mormon

Room 2
Rebecca Roesler (Brigham Young University–Idaho) – “Exploring ‘Refutational Texts’ about Wealth and Social Strata throughout the Book of Mormon, for a 21st Century Audience”
Newell Wright (North Dakota State University) – “The Trial of Jesus Christ as Reflected in the Book of Mormon: A Typological Interpretation of Alma 14”

Concurrent Sessions, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Room 1
Tyler Chadwick (Utah Valley University) – “Revising Babel, Redeeming Language: Against Word-work as Holy Standing”
Don Bradley (Independent Scholar) – “Alma’s Hesychasm: The Book of Mormon as a Source Book for Latter-day Saint Contemplative Practice”

Room 2
Julie Frederick (Independent Scholar) – “Pregnant/Mothers in the Book of Mormon”
Kylie Nielson Turley (Brigham Young University) – “Enos, Not Enos: An Alternative Explanation for the Content and Style of Enos 1:20–23”

Concurrent Sessions, 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Room 1
Jenny Champoux (Independent Scholar) – “Witnessing Scripture: C.C.A. Christensen’s Book of Mormon Paintings and the Shaping of Latter-day Saint Iconography”
John Christopher Thomas (Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Bangor University) – “Implied Readers, the Bible, and the Book of Mormon: Soundings from Mosiah”

Room 2
Doug Christensen (University of Utah) – “The Art of Self Making Through Writing in the Book of Mormon”
Makoto Hunter (UC Santa Barbara) – “Genre Dysphoria and Trans Scripture”

Business Meeting, 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Saturday (October 7)

Concurrent Sessions, 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Room 1
Michael Austin (University of Evansville, Snow College) – “Canon as Context in Book of Mormon Studies: A Fourth Way”
Rosalynde Welch (Neal A. Maxwell Institute) – “‘Written for the Intent that Ye May Believe’: Gospels and Kerygma in the Book of Mormon”

Room 2
Daniel Becerra (Brigham Young University) – “Moral Psychology and the Book of Mormon”
John Hilton III (Brigham Young University) – “Jacob: A Statistically Distinctive Book of Mormon Author”

Plenary Session: Branches of the Restoration, 10:15 am – 11:45 am

Kyle Beshears (Independent Scholar) – “‘Record My Words’: The Voree Plates as Book of Mormon Text”
Christopher Blythe (Brigham Young University) – “Mormon Fundamentalism and the Book of Mormon”

Concurrent Sessions, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Room 1
Jenny Webb (Bangor University) – [TBD]
Brigham Barnes (Independent Scholar) – “Onetwo Moremens More: James Joyce and the Book of Mormon”

Room 2
Michael J. Biggerstaff (Independent Scholar) – “Jesus as a Prophet in 3 Nephi”
Jan Martin (Brigham Young University) – “Proletariat Rebellion and the Planned Execution of the Nephite Believers in 3 Nephi 1”

Concurrent Sessions, 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Room 1
Joseph M. Spencer (Brigham Young University) – “On Women in the War Chapters: Morianton’s Maidservant”
Kimberly Matheson (Neal A. Maxwell Institute) – “Purloined Letters, Stolen Signs: A Lacanian Reading of Helaman 1–2”

Room 2
Nick Frederick (Brigham Young University) – “An Apocalypse without an Eschaton: The Book of Revelation in the Book of Mormon”
Jeffrey G. Cannon (Neal A. Maxwell Institute) – “‘Multilingualism is Baie Nca’: The Vernacular Book of Mormon in South Africa”

Keynote Speaker, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Matthew L. Harris (Colorado State University) – “The Book of Mormon and Race: The Complicated Legacy of ‘White and Delightsome’ and ‘All Are Alike Unto God’”