Redding, California, 16 July 2008-Mormons-members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-have received a lot of attention lately; some of it unwanted such as the mistaken association with the FLDS polygamous groups that have made recent headlines. A group of Mormon scholars, however, hope to focus positive attention on unique LDS issues in an upcoming conference sponsored by the grassroots, volunteer organization FAIR.
FAIR-the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research-is an all-volunteer grassroots organization that was created to dispel myths about the Church, to answer criticisms about Mormon beliefs and scriptures, and to help Mormons who struggle with their religious convictions because of critical material. The word "apologetics" means to defend one's faith or beliefs.
Among the topics being presented at this year's conference are: Book of Mormon Geography, Philosophy and Mormonism, Joseph Smith's DNA Revealed, The White Horse Prophecy, the Book of Abraham, the Joseph Smith Papers, and Shaken Faith Syndrome (based on the newly released book of the same title).
This two day event-on August 7-8-will be held again at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah and is open to the public. More information can be found at www.fairlds.org.
FAIR, or the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (www.fairlds.org), is a tax exempt 501 (C) 3 Corporation staffed by faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seeking to defend the Mormon Church, its leaders, teachings, and practices from inaccurate or deceitful claims of critics. Staffed almost exclusively by unpaid volunteers, FAIR seeks to provide scholarly researched answers in an easily understandable way.For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Gordon (FAIR President)
16 July 2008