2011 Sydney B. Sperry Symposium

A dark and dreary waste, a man in a shining robe, a rod of iron, and a tree of life—these symbols evoke powerful images in our minds and deepen our appreciation for the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The 2011 Sperry Symposium explores the rich symbolism of Lehi’s dream and Nephi’s vision, placing such symbols as the mists of darkness, the great and spacious building, and the church of the Lamb of God in the context of the last days. By introducing new perspectives to a familiar account, this symposium offers a stirring reminder of the implications for Latter-day Saints.

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JSB Auditorium

6:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: President Russell Osguthorpe

The Power of Inspired Invitations

General Sunday School President




JSB Auditorium

445 MARB

446 MARB

455 MARB

456 MARB

7:30 p.m.

The Double Nature of God's Saving Work: The Plan of Salvation and Salvation History  

Heather Hardy


Bitter and Sweet: Dual Dimensions of the Tree of Life




C. Robert Line

S&I, Utah

Nephi's Dream and Lehi's Vision as Apocalyptic Literature




Jared Halverson


The Straight and Narrow Path: The Covenant Path of Discipleship Leading to the Tree of Life


Aaron Schade


Nephi's Dream and Lehi's Vision as Apocalyptic Literature



Matthew L. Bowen

Teaching Fellow, The Catholic University of America

8:30 p.m.

"It filled My Soul with Exceedingly Great Joy": Lehi's Vision of Teaching and Learning

Charles Swift

Ancient Scripture, BYU

The Church of the Lamb of God




Casey Paul Griffiths

S&I, Utah

" . . . Even as Our Father Lehi Saw": Lehi's Dream as Nephite Cultural Narrative


Daniel Belnap

Ancient Scripture, BYU

What Nephi's Vision Teaches about the Bible and the Book of Mormon



Frank F. Judd, Jr.

Ancient Scripture, BYU

"Tree of Life" or "Cosmic Tree"? Izapa Stela 5 in its Ancient Mesoamerican Context


Mark Wright

Ancient Scripture, BYU



JSB Auditorium

445 MARB

446 MARB

455 MARB

456 MARB

9:00 a.m.

Lehi's Dream as a Template for Understanding Each Act of Nephi's Vision  



Amy Easton-Flake

Ph.D., Brandeis University

"Come unto Me and Ye Shall Partake of the Fruit of the Tree of Life"




D. Joel Richards

S&I, Utah

The Doctrine of Christ in 2 Nephi 31-32 as an Approach to the Vision of the Tree of Life




Jared T. Parker

Medical Device Product Specialist, AZ

Teaching after the Manner of the Lord: Using 1 Nephi 11-14 as a Guide to Effectively Using Active Elements in the Learning Process to Help Students Learn by Faith


Barbara Morgan

Church History & Doctrine, BYU

Lehi's Symbolic Dream and Nephi's Apocalyptic Vision: An Allegorical Approach




Matthew Scott Stenson

Graduate Student, University of Nebraska

10:00 a.m.

Lehi Dreamed a Dream The Report of Lehi's Dream in its Biblical Context

Dana M. Pike

Ancient Scripture, BYU

The Presence of the Lord



Jennifer C. Lane


Illuminating a Darkened World



Seth King

S&I, Utah

See and Hear



Kevin L. Tolley

S&I, Utah

"Delivered by the Power of God"--Nephi's Vision of America's Birth


Kenneth L. Alford

Church History & Doctrine, BYU

11:00 a.m.

Lehi's Dream and Nephi's Vision as Used by Church Leaders


Mary Jane Woodger

Church History & Doctrine, BYU

Prophetic Perspectives: How Lehi and Nephi Applied the Lessons of Lehi's Dream


Grant Hardy

University of North Carolina, Asheville

Nephi's Vision and the Loss and Restoration of Plain and Precious Truths


Lori Driggs

MA Biblical Studies

Sacrifice and Condescension: Types and Shadows for Latter-day Living


D. Mick Smith

S&I, Utah


References to and Evidences of the Fruit throughout the Book of Mormon


Steven T. Linford

S&I, Preservice Training