Emeritus Seventy and LDS authors to speak at Easter Conference


An emeritus member of the Seventy will speak at BYU’s annual Easter Conference on March 29, entitled “With Healing In His Wings,” as will LDS authors and professors Brad Wilcox and Brent L. Top

The book "With Healing In His Wings" was put together using the speakers' addresses and will be available at the conference. Photo courtesy Religious Studies Center.
“With Healing In His Wings” is the theme of the conference and title of a new book containing the addresses. (Photo courtesy Religious Studies Center)

Elder John M. Madsen is the keynote speaker. He was given emeritus status in 2009 after serving in the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1992. He has also served as president of the England Bristol Mission.

Brad Wilcox, author of “The Continuous Atonement” and an associate professor in BYU’s Department of Teacher Education, will also speak.

The third speaker is Brent L. Top. Top, a professor of Church history at BYU who has authored numerous books on gospel topics, most recently wrote “What’s On the Other Side: What the Gospel Teaches Us About the Spirit World.”

One question Top intends to cover in his address is the paradox of a perfectly merciful and a perfectly just God.

“I believe that profound question is answered through the restoration of the gospel (through both) the Book of Mormon and modern revelation,” Top said. “The doctrine — which is at the very heart of the Easter message — is so deep and profound but really simple too. I hope those who hear my talk will have a greater appreciation for the Atonement.”

The College of Religious Education and the Religious Studies Center are hosting the event, as well as publishing a book, based on the comments of the speakers, also called “With Healing In His Wings.” The speakers submitted early versions of their addresses to organizers, so the book will be available for purchase at the conference.

The conference will not be an all-day event as it has been in the past. The addresses will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Joseph Smith Building auditorium. Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

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