William Schryver is onto something big, and it's driving critics of the Book of Abraham crazy.

Schryver is scheduled to speak at the FAIR Conference, an annual event presented by the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research or FAIR. The conference focuses on defending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints against misrepresentation.

This year's conference is Aug. 5 and 6 at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy. Schryver's presentation on "The Meaning of the Kirtland Egyptian Papers" is one of several topics by other speakers such as David Bokovoy, Jeff Bradshaw, William Duncan, Craig Foster, John Gee, Brian Hales, Valerie Hudson, Gary Lawrence, Steve Mayfield, Dan Peterson, Shirley Ricks, Stephen Ricks, Matthew Roper, Royal Skousen and Peter Watkins.

Schryver's topic has garnered the most buzz on the Internet — leading to frustrating speculation by many critics and praise by those who have seen an early version of the presentation. The Deseret News saw a video version of this presentation on July 26. If Schryver, a software engineer, is correct in his analysis, the last 40 years of scholarship about the Kirtland Egyptian Papers will need to be revised.

The Kirtland Egyptian Papers are a collection of documents created in Kirtland, Ohio, by Joseph Smith and his associates. The content of the papers has long presented a puzzle to scholars. Critics have maintained that the papers were used in the process of translating the Mormon scripture called the Book of Abraham — and that the translation is incorrect. Many Mormon scholars, however, have thought the documents show an attempt of Joseph Smith's associates to decipher Egyptian by using the text of the Book of Abraham as a Rosetta stone — a sort of reverse engineering project.

Schryver will argue on Aug. 6 that both approaches are incorrect. "I am purporting to give a comprehensive answer to the question, 'What is the meaning and purpose of the Kirtland Egyptian Papers?'" Schryver said. "That has never been done."

Greg Smith, one online commenter who had also seen the early version of Schryver's presentation, put it this way: "Schryver has, I think, pretty much killed, buried, and nailed the coffin shut on the idea the KEP are the 'translation documents' of the Book of Abraham, and then thrown the coffin into Mount Doom, before dropping Mt Doom under the continental plates."

Other topics to be covered at the conference include the original text of the Book of Mormon, Fawn Brodie's faulty look at Joseph Smith and plural marriage, Book of Mormon geography, the "Big Love" television program, how people view Mormons and more.

More information can be found on FAIR's website, www.fairlds.org. Live online audio streaming of the event will be available for a fee during the conference.

If you go

What: The FAIR Conference

When: Aug. 5-6, 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Where: South Towne Exposition Center, 9575 South State Street, Sandy, Utah.

Cost: Ranges from $79.95 for the full conference and lunch to $19.95 for students for one day without lunch.

If you go

What: The FAIR Conference

When: Aug. 5-6, 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Where: South Towne Exposition Center, 9575 South State Street, Sandy, Utah.

Cost: Ranges from $79.95 for the full conference and lunch to $19.95 for students for one day without lunch.If you go

What: The FAIR Conference

When: Aug. 5-6, 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Where: South Towne Exposition Center, 9575 South State Street, Sandy, Utah.

Cost: Ranges from $79.95 for the full conference and lunch to $19.95 for students for one day without lunch.