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Mormon Apologetics Conference has grown from humble roots - Deseret News

by | Jul. 28, 2011

What We Believe

The 2011 conference of FAIR, the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research, will be held on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 4-5, at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah.

From comically humble beginnings 12 years ago in California, the annual conference has grown into a premier forum where Latter-day Saint thinkers and scholars examine difficult and/or timely issues and present materials that deepen understanding and, quite frequently, strengthen faith.

Two speakers next week will focus on the concept of "translation." Samuel Brown, who teaches at the medical school of the University of Utah and whose Oxford University Press book "In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death" will appear shortly, is slated to discuss "Seerhood, Pure Language and Sacred Translation." And Brant Gardner, trained in Mesoamerican ethnohistory at the State University of New York and author of the insightful six-volume "Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon," will reflect on "The Gift and Power: Translating the Book of Mormon."

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