Videos Now Available for Free Viewing of “The Lady of the Temple” Conference

Videos of the presentations given at The Academy for Temple Studies conference “The Lady of the Temple,” on October 23, 2013, in Logan, Utah, are now available for free viewing. The videos can be watched in 1080p HD resolution, on the Academy for Temple Studies YouTube channel, on the Academy’s website, as well as embedded below. Read More »

Women, the Priesthood, and the Temple

There has been a lot of media attention in recent days over a small group of Latter-day Saint women who have organized to petition Church leaders that women should be “ordained to the priesthood.”  I’d like to point out a few things about the priesthood, particularly in regard to the temple, and the process of revelation in the Church. Read More »

Homeward Bound: Interpretations of Marta Keen Thompson’s Music

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Cover of album “Homeward Bound” by Deutsche Grammophon

This past Sunday afternoon I came across a piece of music that moved me to tears.  I don’t get emotional often, so I was struck by the overwhelming power this song has, which I believe is the result of an exquisitely crafted resonance of lyric, melody, arrangement, and vocal talent combined in perfect harmony.  It’s one of those songs that seems to reach down into the deepest parts of my experience and speak to me on a level usually untapped.  I immediately took a closer look at the song, trying to unpack its meaning, and why it moves me so.  I hope to share some of the beauty that I found.

The song’s title is “Homeward Bound.”  No, not that one, by Simon & Garfunkel.  While a good song, it’s not that kind of song.  Rather, the song I heard is by the composer Marta Keen Thompson, who currently lives in Las Vegas.  She wrote the lyrics and music to this song, and this seems to be her most well-known composition.  Marta wrote some about her song, and who has performed it, on a Facebook page dedicated to the song: Read More »

Upcoming Sperry Symposium Focuses on the Temple


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The 42nd Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium this year will be focused on the topic of the temple, specifically “Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament.”  It will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013, in the Joseph Smith Building (JSB) auditorium and adjacent buildings at BYU in Provo, Utah.  Admission is free, and no registration required.  It is open to the general public.

Below is a comprehensive list of all the scholars presenting and their topics.  It is a smorgasbord of fantastic scholarship that will be presented on the temple.  There will be seven concurrent sessions going on, so you’ll need to pick and choose very carefully which presentations to attend.  Fortunately, many of the papers will be published. Read More »

Schedule and Abstracts Posted for “The Lady of the Temple” Conference

The Academy for Temple Studies has posted a detailed schedule, including abstracts of the presentations, for the upcoming “The Lady of the Temple” Conference which will take place in Logan, Utah, on October 23, 2013. Click here to see the schedule and abstracts.

Don’t forget to register for the conference, as seating will be limited.

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