Deseret News
FILE: Michael Otterson, managing director of LDS Church Public Affairs Department, addresses annual conference of FairMormon Aug. 7, 2015.

PROVO, Utah — From historical looks at Book of Mormon translation and text to embracing belief in a secular age, the goal of this week's 18th annual FairMormon conference is to help Latter-day Saints live their faith.

The roster of speakers includes Ally Isom, director of the division of family and community relations in the Public Affairs Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who will address ways talking about differences can transform.

Patrick Mason, author of "Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt" from Deseret Book and the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, will talk about embracing Mormonism in a secular age.

Matthew Grow, the director of publications for the Church History Department, will speak, as will three members of the faculty at Brigham Yount University. For a full schedule and list of presenters, visit

The conference will be held in Provo on Thursday and Friday at the Utah Valley Convention Center, 220 West Center Street. Registration at the door costs $44.95 for a single day and $69.95 for two days. Students receive a $5 discount per day.