The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) will host a conference at Brigham Young University on Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. in 151 Tanner Building.

The theme for the conference is "Mormons, Scripture and the Ancient World." The public is invited to attend the free event. For more information, please call 373-5111.The conference will be conducted in two sessions. The first session begins at 8:30 a.m. with the topic "Nephi and His Asherah: A Note on 1 Nephi 11:8-23." Daniel C. Peterson, associate professor of Arabic from BYU, will present the lecture.

At 9:15 a.m., Louis Midgley, emeritus professor of political science from BYU, will speak on "A Singular Reading: The Maori and the Book of Mormon."

Stephen C. Jett, professor of geography from the University of California-Davis, will speak at 9:50 a.m. on "Resist-Dyeing as a Possible Ancient Transoceanic Transfer."

Joel C. Janetski, professor of anthropology and director of the Museum of Peoples and Cultures at BYU, will conclude the first session at 10:25 a.m. with the topic "Festivals as Contexts for Exchange in the Great Basin Plateau Region of Western North America."

The second session begins at 11:20 a.m. with Davis Bitton, emeritus professor of history from the University of Utah, who will speak on "Mormon Funeral Sermons in the Nineteenth Century."

Steven L. Olsen, manager of operations for the Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City and adjunct assistant professor of anthropology at BYU, will speak at noon on "Baptized, Consecrated, Sealed: Three Modes of Mormon Religious Identity and Solidarity."

R. Lanier Britsch, professor of history at BYU, will conclude the conference at 12:25 p.m. when he speaks on the topic "Mormon Intruders in Tonga: The Passport Act of 1922."