I’ve already mentioned the meeting, held on Sunday night, in which a number of us gathered to discuss ways to further temple studies in North America. Above is a photograph — perhaps, if the effort goes well, it will someday be viewed as of at least minor historical significance — of the participants in that meeting.
From left: William Hamblin, David Butler (yes, he really is that tall), Gary Anderson (one of the prime movers of the Academy for Temple Studies, in whose legal offices the Sunday night meeting was held), Steve Densley Jr., Gordon Thomasson, Deborah Peterson (peeking in from her hiding place in the back), Daniel Peterson, Laurence Hemming, LeGrande Davies, John Fowles, George Mitton, Jacob Rennaker, Robert Smith, Margaret Barker, Bryce Haymond, Danel Bachman, Philip Barlow, John Welch, and Jeffrey Bradshaw.
Starting around 8 AM on Monday morning and going until roughly 6 PM, the actual symposium of the Academy for Temple Studies was held on the campus of Utah State University. There were something on the order of four hundred (400) people in attendance. Many had to be turned away for lack of seating. It was a promising launch.
The proceedings of the conference will eventually be published.