Saturday September 19th
Event #2 “THE GOSPEL IN ANCIENT CULTURES”
Faith, Freedom and Family these are core values Latter-day Saints hold dear. Mormon made the Title of Liberty from his torn coat. Those who would embrace the title would enter into a covenant. They stood together.
Today we enter a time when Saints must stand together again with Faith to protect the precious Freedoms we enjoy, the Country we cherish and our beloved Families. Our circumstances today are not so different from those we read about in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon offers guidelines, warnings, and principles that will help us navigate the challenges we face and point us to “a straight course to eternal bliss.” (Alma 37:44)
This session speaks to those core values that preserved the righteous of the past and can rescue us today. As Latter-day Saints we will call upon ourselves to protect, nurture and promote our way of life that all might see our city on the hill once more.
LEADING AUTHORITIES FOR TODAY’S EVENT
“THE GOSPEL IN ANCIENT CULTURES”
Bruce H. Porter earned his bachelor’s degree in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from B.Y.U. and went on to receive his master’s degree in Middle East Studies with an emphasis in Semitic languages.
He has studied Hebrew Aramaic, Akkadian, Coptic, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, and others languages, with a minor in ancient Near Eastern Religions. His graduate coursework was in the History of Religions, with an emphasis in Egyptian religion and textual studies.
Brother Porter has done extensive research for the BYU’s Religious Studies Center, on the Pearl of Great Price and the Book of Abraham, and been instrumental in the research and discovery of the Antonio Lebolo Will. He has done scriptural research in the major museums and libraries of Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Brother Porter has presented papers for the “Society for Early Historic Archaeology” and the “Journal of Egyptian Archeology” the Encyclopedia of Mormonism and has also co-authored a paper with Stephen Ricks that was published in By Study and also by Faith, a two-volume work honoring Hugh Nibley. During his graduate work, he assisted in the research and writing of a documentary on Egyptian archeology for BBC. Brother Porter is also the author of many books which titles include: Prophecies and Promises, The Book of Mormon, An Everlasting Decree, The Threshing Floor of Faith. Class notes and study guides have been published on; The Book of Moses, A Scriptural Study Guide for The Book of Revelation, as well as other papers on specific scriptural and doctrinal topics. He is a sought-after speaker for presentations and seminars that are focused on the scriptures and the Book of Mormon.
Coupled with his writing and research, Brother Porter’s background has presented him with an opportunity to host lead and guided tours. Working for BYU Travel Study, Murdock Travel, LDS Travel and now for Portertours.com, with his focus being on Church History, Book of Mormon, and the Biblical World including Egypt, Israel, and the Mediterranean world.
Born in Mesa Arizona, Brother Porter has lived in Utah, Israel, and Southern California while working for CES. He also served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southwestern England and Wales. Semi-retired he now teaches adult religion classes in the Mesa-Gilbert area and continues his passion of scriptural research and writing. He has served in many ward and stake positions throughout his life and continues to do so. Bruce and his wife Margaret have ten children, and 25+ grandchildren, and are now living in Queen Creek, Arizona.
Brother Porter’s testimony, research, and message are dedicated to the truthfulness of the scriptures, and in particular the Book of Mormon, the divine calling of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and of course Jesus Christ and the necessity to Come unto Him for Salvation. Because of this he is a sought after speaker, teacher, and tour guide.
Pamela Romney Openshaw and her husband, Robert, a retired Air Force officer, have been married for 55 years and are the parents of 8 children and 34 grandchildren. While serving a military-relations mission in Milan, Italy for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Pamela and Robert developed a deeper passion for the American way of life and government, in part from seeing the realities of the socialist government in Italy.
Pamela is an ardent student of the Constitution and first developed her love of the political process and citizen involvement as an elected representative from Nebraska to President Jimmy Carter’s White House Conference on Families in 1980. She has been involved in many business and leadership opportunities and has been a teacher for most of her life. She graduated from Brigham Young University in Education and has taught elementary and high school. She wrote a weekly opinion column for the Daily Herald for nearly two years, focusing on topics relating to the Constitution. She has established her own general contracting firm, taught business and leadership skills to women, run a successful nutrition-based business, and was a speaker for National Right to Life. Pamela is currently a professional speaker on Constitution topics across the country. Her passion is to encourage others to love, study, and understand the Constitution.
Pamela is the author of the acclaimed three-volume “Promises of the Constitution: Complete Curriculum on the United States Constitution” and accompanying DVDs. This work explains the whole of the Constitution to its readers, tells the stories of the founding fathers and their inspired creation of the American Constitution, as well as sounding a warning to all Americans on the calamities that may come if the founders’ original intent is abandoned in our modern times. Pamela’s work is distinctive in the way that it explores the presence of Christian principles written into the Constitution, which has led to her further research into the deeply Christian nature of the beginnings of the United States and its government. She has learned that, in addition to the influences of the traditionally-recognized European masters of political thought, the beginnings of American government were profoundly influenced by Native American political wisdom, as well.
Jonathan Neville is a lawyer, businessman, educator and author who has written over forty books, including both nonfiction and fiction. He has studied Church history and the Book of Mormon for decades, but didn’t begin publishing in the field until 2015. As of July 2020, he has published ten books on these topics. He also writes for several blogs, including http://www.lettervii.com.
Brother Neville approaches these issues like the criminal prosecutor he once was. He pursues the evidence wherever it leads and doesn’t simply “assume” anything or take anyone’s word at face value. When it comes to Church history, he follows the adage: “trust, but verify.” That process of verifying has led to some important new discoveries that he thinks are faith-affirming and corroborate what Joseph Smith said and what the Book of Mormon teaches.
For the last twenty-five years, Jonathan has lived mostly in Utah, but he has lived in Europe for 8 years, in the Philippines, in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Washington, Tennessee, and Illinois. In 2018 he and his wife lived in Africa (Mauritius) and in 2019 they lived in China. He has visited over 60 countries on every continent—including a Chilean base in Antarctica. He travels frequently with his wife Beverly, a PhD and college professor and author.
Jonathan’s first Mormon-related book, The Lost City of Zarahemla, examines the origins of the anonymous articles in the 1842 Times and Seasons.
Tim Ballard, author of the Lincoln Hypothesis among other books, says Brother Neville’s book titled Moroni’s America is “a definite game changer… finally a complete, honest, and faithful look at Book of Mormon geography that deals with all the tough questions.”
Brother Neville’s book, Whatever Happened to the Golden Plates?, explains how Joseph Smith actually translated two separate sets of plates—only one of which came from Moroni’s box in the Hill Cumorah. His latest book, A Man that Can Translate, focuses on understanding the disparate historical accounts of the translation of the Book of Mormon.
Brother Neville has spoken at firesides and conferences throughout the United States and in Europe.
VIRTUAL PLATFORM FEATURES
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The audience may connect in multiple ways with the speaker, other participants, sponsors and vendors!
You will engage via…
- Main Stage – up close and personal
- Live Streaming with PowerPoint delivers abundant content
- Breakout session answer a wide variety of questions
- Chat Rooms to see other’s reaction and what they think
- Q&A session can answer your questions
- Networking with other like-minded participants and relay feedback
This presents a huge advantage over typical platforms. It’s just like being at a real conference! You will have a much deeper, more interactive and engaging experience with the content, speakers and participants!
other events in the series
- The Title of Liberty
- The U.S. Constitution & the Gospel
- The Gospel in Ancient Cultures
- Signs of the Times / The Last Days
- New Evidences of the Book of Mormon
- Book of Mormon Lands, Heartland vs. Central America
- The Lost City of Zarahemla
- Christology & Kirtland Ohio
- Temple Text in the Scripture
- Others Subjects TBA…
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