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Annual BYU Sperry Symposium to focus on The Book of Mormon Oct. 24-25

Sheri L. Dew, president and chief executive officer of Deseret Book Company, and Robert J. Matthews, dean emeritus of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, will be the featured speakers at the annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium on the Scriptures Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, on the BYU campus.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “The Fullness of the Gospel: Foundational Teachings From The Book of Mormon.”

Dew will give the keynote address, “The Book of Mormon: The Ultimate Shock and Awe,” Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the Joseph Smith Building auditorium. The symposium will conclude Saturday at 11 a.m. with Matthews’ lecture “For a Wise Purpose.”

In its 32nd year, the symposium’s objectives are to increase Gospel knowledge, strengthen individual testimonies and provide material to serve as important supplements to the 2004 Gospel Doctrine curriculum.

No registration is required and admission is free and open to everyone.

After Dew’s address Friday, five concurrent sessions will run from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the JSB Auditorium and the Thomas L. Martin Building. On Saturday, lectures will begin at 9 a.m. in the JSB Auditorium and the Martin Building.

Other presenters include faculty members from BYU Religious Education, the Church Educational System, BYU-Hawaii, BYU faculty from other departments and other Church scholars.

For more information or a copy of the symposium schedule, contact Patty Smith at (801) 422-3611, or visit the Web site at

Writer: Thomas Grover

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