Provo, UT: FairMormon has announced that the 16th annual FairMormon Conference will be held at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah on August 7-8th 2014. This conference, which has been growing in popularity and size each year, will be tackling controversial issues that have sometimes challenged the faith of those within the international Mormon community.
Among those appearing at the conference will be Ty Mansfield, a marriage and family therapist and co-author of In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-Gender Attraction (Deseret Book 2004), who will speak on being gay in today’s Mormon Church. Others appearing include Hannah Smith, one of the attorneys on the recent Hobby Lobby case, who will speak about what Latter-day Saints need to know in order to preserve religious liberty, Egyptologist Kerry Muehlestein, who will be addressing criticisms raised against the Book of Abraham and historian Russell Stevenson who will discuss some of the history surrounding the origins of the 19th century denial of the priesthood to blacks. Other presenters will address issues pertaining to the origins of the Book of Mormon, the status of women in the Church, and there will be a panel discussion involving members of the Church who have had family members who left the religion.
Scott Gordon, President of FairMormon, observed “We are very excited about the broad range of topics at this year’s conference and the high caliber of speakers. Everyone who comes will find something interesting and instructive.”
Members of the media are invited and highly encouraged to visit with these and other conference participants, as well as to attend this important and informative conference this August.
FairMormon is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing well-documented answers to criticisms of LDS doctrine, belief and practice. Along with the annual conference, which is open to everyone, FairMormon also sponsors a website that includes answers to difficult questions. FairMormon also sponsors MormonVoices, a website that responds to public discussions and comments from public figures that misrepresent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For details on the FairMormon Conference, including how to purchase tickets, visit: www.FairMormon.Org