National News & Notices
The S.U.P. Annual Historical Symposium will be held at the Salt Lake City Headquarters Building, May 10, 2014. Last year’s informative and inspirational event will be followed by another outstanding program, with four speakers, an excellent dinner and keynote speaker.
Preliminary Symposium Speakers and Topics
The subject for the 2014 Historical Symposium will be Wilford Woodruff, the fourth president of the LDS Church. Four speakers are presently scheduled for the afternoon session: (1) Leo Lyman, who is the author of Political Deliverance: The Mormon Quest for Utah Statehood, will speak on Wilford Woodruff and the Quest for Statehood in Utah; (2) Richard N. Lambert, a great-grandson of Wilford Woodruff, will speak on the Wilford Woodruff family; (3) James B. Allen, professor emeritus from Brigham Young University will speak either on Wilford Woodruff as a fisherman or on Wilford Woodruff and the origins of the Genealogical Society; and (4) Thomas Alexander, author of a Wilford Woodruff biography and several other articles on the fourth LDS President, will speak on Wilford Woodruff and the revelation that produced the Manifesto.
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Former Brigham Young Chapter President Tom Alexander was unanimously elected as 2014 National President-elect at the August S.U.P. Convention in Rexburg, Idaho. Tom will officially begin serving on January 1 as a member of the Executive Council consisting of the National president, past president, and president-elect. Until then, he will be attending meetings of the Council and the National Board so that he will be fully involved when his term officially begins. We welcome Tom to his new responsibility.
Thomas G. Alexander served in 2012 as the President of the Brigham Young Chapter of the S.U.P. in Provo, during which time the chapter conducted the successful S.U.P. national convention in Utah County. He is a past president of the Mormon History Association, and a retired professor of history at Brigham Young University. After his retirement in 2004, he served an LDS Church Educational System Mission in Berlin, Germany, with his wife, Marilyn. A native of Ogden, Utah, he has written several books on Utah history, including Utah, the Right Place; Mormonism in Transition: A History of the Latter-day Saints, 1890-1930; Mormons and Gentiles: A History of Salt Lake City with James B. Allen; Things in Heaven and Earth: The Life and Times of Wilford Woodruff, a Mormon Prophet; Line Upon Line: Essays on Mormon Doctrine; and Grace and Grandeur: A History of Salt Lake City. The S.U.P. is privileged to have Tom Alexander’s experience and knowledge in the national leadership for the next three years.
The 2014 National Convention will be held at Kanab, Utah, sponsored by the Redrock Chapter of the S.U.P. The dates are planned for August 7 – 9, 2014, Thursday through Saturday. The Kanab area offers spectacular scenery in every direction, and many historical tours and events are being planned. The Chapter leaders are excited to have us come and we are excited to be going. Look at your schedules and plan now for the 2014 Sons of Utah Pioneers Annual Convention. Because of the many opportunities for recreation and additional travel in connection with the Convention, consider bringing family with you and make a great end of summer vacation trip for children and grandchildren. We look forward to seeing you in Kanab! http://redrocksup.com