Saturday’s Temple Conference

Saturday’s Temple Conference November 6, 2020


The Temple on Mount Zion
The logo of the Interpreter Foundation’s Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference series


This is a last-minute reminder of the Interpreter Foundation’s imminent next conference.  As we commonly do, we offer this to all who are interested


The Fifth Interpreter Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Presented by
The Interpreter Foundation
Brigham Young University College of Humanities

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this will be a live-streaming-only conference.
The conference is free and open to the public, with no RSVP or entrance fee.


Saturday November 7, 9:00 am: Morning Session


Morning Session Chair: Stephen Ricks (BYU College of Humanities)
9:00–9:15 Welcome: Stephen Ricks
Opening Prayer: Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye
Introduction: Stephen Ricks
9:15 Matthew L. Bowen (BYU–H Religious Education)
“That They May Be Purified in Me”: Ritual Purification in 3 Nephi 19 and the Implications of Holiness as “Purity” for Latter-day Saint Temple Ordinances and Worship
9:45 R. Jean Addams (Independent Scholar)
The Past and Future of the Temple Lot in Jackson County, Missouri
10:45 Break
11:00 John Gee (BYU College of Humanities)
Cherubim and Seraphim: Iconography in the First Jerusalem Temple
11:30 Mack Stirling (Independent Scholar)
Ruth: An Allegorical Reading
12:00 Van C. Evans (Independent Scholar)
Wiraqocha and the Rites of the Raqchi Temple in Peru
12:30–1:30 Lunch break


Saturday November 7, 2:00 pm: Afternoon Session

Afternoon Session Chair: John Gee (BYU College of Humanities)
1:30 Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye (Book of Mormon Central)
The Messianic Sacred, Not Secret: The Son as a Hidden Name in the Gospel of Mark
2:00 Stephen D. Ricks (BYU College of Humanities)
Prayer with Uplifted Hands
2:30 Break
2:45 David Calabro (Saint John’s University)
From Temple to Church: Defining Sacred Space in the Near East
3:15 Jeffrey M. Bradshaw (Independent Scholar) and Matthew L. Bowen (BYU–H Religious Education)
“Made Stronger Than Many Waters”: The Purported Sacred Names of Moses as a Series of Keywords
3:45 Barbara Morgan Gardner (BYU Church History)
Women and the Priesthood in the Contemporary Church
Closing Prayer (TBA)


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2020 Temple on Mount Zion Conference




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