Updates and Inspiration--Volume 17: Issue 3



  • Elder Oaks to Speak at Upcoming Religious Freedom Conference
  • New Scholarship from BYU Law Faculty
  • Cash Prizes Available for Student Writing Contest

Elder Oaks to Speak at Upcoming Religious Freedom Conference

The 2016 Mormon Studies Conference will be held March 25-26, 2016 at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.  This year's theme is, What Does it Mean to be Religious and Free in the 21st Century?.  The Conference will feature a keynote address by Elder Dallin H. Oaks, as well as presentations by Katrina Lantos Swett, Commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Judge Thomas Griffith of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and others. The Conference is sponsored by the Howard W. Hunter Foundation and Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University.  For more information and to register, visit:  http://claremontmormonstudies.org/event/2016-mormon-studies-religious-freedom-conference/?instance_id=110.


New Scholarship from BYU Law Faculty

New scholarship from the BYU Law faculty has been released by the Social Science Research Network.  To view the faculty's latest scholarly contributions, visit: http://lawalumni.byu.edu/site/events/legal-studies/vol-1/no-2.


Cash Prizes Available for Student Writing Contest

Attention students:  Cash prizes are available for students who submit papers to the Founding Fathers Writing Competition hosted by the DC chapter of the JRCLS and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies.  The first place prize is $4000, second place is $3000, third place is $2000, and there are four $1000 honorable mention awards.  The deadline is July 1, 2016.  Details are available at http://jrcls.org/site/files/2016WritingCompetitionFlier.pdf.


Inspirational Thought

"Scripture says, “Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good.”  This doesn’t mean all things are good, but for the meek and faithful, things—both positive and negative—work together for good, and the timing is the Lord’s. We wait on Him, sometimes like Job in his suffering, knowing that God “maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.”  A meek heart accepts the trial and the waiting for that time of healing and wholeness to come."

—Sister Neill F. Marriott,
Yielding Our Hearts to God (Oct. 2015 General Conference) (emphasis in original)


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