Our next online event is this Sunday! 

Did you know the original chapter structure of the Book of Mormon was chopped up by Orson Pratt in the late 1800s? Pratt apparently believed a shorter chapter structure would make the scripture easier to read, and in some ways we've benefited from his work. Especially if you've ever set a goal to read one chapter a day! 

At the same time, Brigham Young University professor and philosopher Joseph M. Spencer says there are some incredible insights that readers overlook if they don't see the original chapter structure. He is author of the new book 1st Nephi: a brief theological introduction

This Sunday, Spencer will be joined by Richard Turley to talk all about First Nephi. Turley is former Assistant Historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a current representative of the John A. Widtsoe Foundation, who is co-sponsoring this online series of "Book of Mormon Conversations."  

In its brief theological introductions, the Maxwell Institute offers fresh and inspiring examinations of Latter-day Saint scripture using the lenses of history, theology, philosophy, literary studies, and above all, faith in Jesus Christ. Details at

The John A. Widtsoe Foundation’s key mission is to promote interfaith conversations, relationships and appreciation. We hope that by joining the Maxwell Institute in this project, we can help members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as members of other faiths, see how principles taught in the Book of Mormon impact our spiritual, civic, and social lives.

We’re thrilled to discuss these important topics with authors like Terryl Givens, Joseph Spencer, Sharon Harris, James E. Faulconer, Kylie Turley, and more. We invite all to join in the virtual conversation and Q&A.

See the full list of events below. Download a digital flyer here. Free registration available here
Register for Session II
1st Nephi: a brief theological introduction
Watch the new trailer for Joseph Spencer's latest book!

Online Events through October

  • August 23  |  6 PM (MST)
    Book of Mormon Conversations: 1 Nephi
    Joseph M. Spencer and Richard Turley
    Details  |  Register
  • September 6  |  6 PM (MST)
    Book of Mormon Conversations: 2 Nephi
    Terryl Givens and Laura Redford
    Details  |  Register
  • September 20  |  6 PM (MST)
    Book of Mormon Conversations: Enos, Jarom, Omni
    Sharon J. Harris and Jacob Rennaker
    Details  |  Register
  • October 11  |  6 PM (MST)
    Book of Mormon Conversations: Mosiah
    James E. Faulconer and Michael Stanley
    Details  |  Register
  • October 25  |  6 PM (MST)
    Book of Mormon Conversations: Alma 1-29
    Kylie Nielson Turley and Chris Eastland
    Details  |  Register
WATCH: Session I of Book of Mormon Conversations, with Spencer Fluhman, Philip Barlow, and Larry Eastland
Watch last week's session of "Book of Mormon Conversations."
Note: There are some echoing audio issues, but they don't persist the entire time. We're working on getting better audio for session 2! 
Kimberly Matheson Berkey says book of Helaman is one of the best-kept secrets in the Book of Mormon. It marks a dramatic reversal in the history of Book of Mormon peoples. The spiritual tables turn. While the Lamanites righteously cast their eyes toward heaven, the Nephites take their first steps toward a surprising precipice where final destruction awaits...

Kimberly Matheson Berkey is a doctoral student in theology at Loyola University Chicago, where she studies the philosophy of religion.
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