[Event Reminder!] Salt Lake Mormon Studies Student Association–April 8, 2010, Jonathan Stapley on Ritual Adoption

By April 6, 2010

The Salt Lake Mormon Studies Student Association will host BCCer Jonathan Stapley on April 8, 2010 at 7 pm for a public lecture entitled, “All These Years an Orphan”: Ritual Adoption in Mormon Theology and Practice.


In this new study of ritual adoption the author evaluates its emergence in post-martyrdom Nauvoo and traces it through the inter-temple period, its return with the St. George Temple, and its revelatory end.  Focusing on both ritual practice and the ideas of ritual participants, this paper offers a revised perspective of its early practice and an expanded context for its later implementation in Utah.

Time and Location

The lecture will begin at 7:00 pm in the Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building on the University of Utah Campus, room 101. The event is free and open to the public.


At 5:15 pm at Hector’s Miramar [Mexican food] we will have dinner with Jonathan, and we’d love for those who can to come on down and join us. The address is 342 West 1300 South in Salt Lake City.

Please see the SLMSSA website for further details including directions and maps. Hope to see you there!

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  1. Gosh I wish I was in Utah for this.

    I’ll take solace in hoping J will cover some of this in his MHA presentation.

    Comment by Ben — March 31, 2010 @ 7:01 am

  2. Would it be possible to provide an MP3 recording of the talk as was done with the recent Greg Prince presentations at USU?

    Comment by ricke — April 1, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

  3. I don’t know if that will be possible, but I usually take and post good notes of these sessions.

    Comment by Jared T — April 1, 2010 @ 12:12 pm

  4. Thanks guys. I don’t think that recording it will be a good idea, but Jared’s notes are usually excellent. I’m looking forward to it.

    Comment by J. Stapley — April 1, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

  5. Wish I was in SLC still…

    Comment by Scott B. — April 7, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

  6. Shoot, I picked the wrong week to go to SLC, which was last week. Take good notes, Jared.

    Comment by kevinf — April 7, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

  7. #4 – Are you serious? Then perhaps giving the lecture will not be a good idea. 😛 Of course it would be a good idea to record it! Surely there are many who may not be able attend but who would be very interested to listen to your lecture!

    Comment by Curtis — April 8, 2010 @ 9:47 am

  8. Curtis, I know you’re joking (hence the emoticon) but I think it’s quite a stretch to say that if it’s not a good idea recording that that equals being a good idea not giving the lecture. So stay tuned to the SLMSSA website for notes or if you’re in SL, come on down.

    Comment by Jared T — April 8, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

  9. Do we get a report on this? Soon? I hope.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — April 9, 2010 @ 11:29 am

  10. There will be a report posted within the week.

    Comment by Jared T — April 9, 2010 @ 11:35 am


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