My TBM wife wants me to go. She already has tickets. I really don't want to spend my Saturday next week listening to excuses for why it was OK for Joseph Smith to do all of the things he did. But she is going even if I don't. That could be worse...
If I end up going, what are some good questions I could ask Brian Hales or the other speakers that would force them to acknowledge some of the unsavory details that they would otherwise avoid?
I was thinking of agreeing to go if my wife would read some things first. I have a copy of In Sacred Loneliness and maybe she could read a few chapters out of that. Are there other ideas of what I could get her to read before the conference?
I haven't been to a church meeting for close to two years. The thought of listening to 4 hours of polygamy apologetics BS is nauseating.
Here is more info on the event:
Date And Time
Sat, February 15, 2020
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM MST
This Is The Place Heritage Park - The Garden Center
2601 Sunnyside Avenue South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
Purpose Of The Event
These seminars have been an ongoing and traveling event that have been held in different cities in Utah.
Each one has had different speakers and topics. All have been devoted to the teaching of the history of the early Restoration, and strengthening the faith of those who attend. The purpose has been to teach the most reliable history from the best-informed scholars, and while doing so, confronting and dealing with the tough questions and controversial moments in that history.
Trusted Sources: Anthony Sweat will talk about those sources of history that can and cannot be trusted.
History & Context: Glenn Rawson will take the discussion into the lives and stories of those who lived plural marriage or rejected it. It is not expected that this event will speak for or against plural marriage, but rather make the doctrine thereof and the historical practice and context as transparent as possible.
Revealed Doctrine: Brian and Laura Hales, world-recognized authorities on Nauvoo plural marriage, will discuss the revealed doctrine of plural marriage and the history of its implementation and practice in Nauvoo.
Transparent. Historically Accurate. Faith Building.
In keeping with presenting history in its proper context and answering troubling questions, the theme for this year’s conference in Layton is Joseph Smith and Nauvoo Plural Marriage.
9:00 AM - Doors Open
10 AM to 12 PM - Speakers
12-2 PM - Lunch break/Free time
2 PM to 4 PM - Afternoon Speakers