UVU's Religious Studies Program has been sponsoring its annual Mormon Studies conference
since March, 2001. These conferences bring together scholars, practitioners, and other
presenters to explore a variety of topics and themes in Mormon culture, theology,
history, literature, etc. Our program also offers a variety of other lectures, symposia,
and conferences that can be seen here.
Among the most important features of religious communities is the way in which they
establish and maintain boundaries. Religious beliefs, practices, and identities are
shaped by a complex variety of internal and external forces. With its belief in modern
revelation, extra-biblical scripture, and an embodied God, Mormonism has challenged
the boundaries Christianity orthodoxy. Though its status as a world faith appears
to be certain, its status as a legitimate form of Christianity continues to be debated.
Conversely, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has increasingly faced boundary questions within the community. From divisions over polygamy and spiritualism in the nineteenth century to more recent debates over same-sex marriage, women’s ordination, and prophetic authority, the Church continues to wrestle with questions of diversity within its ranks. This conference will explore how Mormonism at once both challenges Christian boundaries and is challenged to enforce its own borders in the effort to maintain unity and integrity as a tradition