Seventies Jim and Patrick McKay were invited as guests of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah to attend the Sperry Symposium. The symposium was the 44th annual gathering of this scholarly event. It was held from October 21-24, 2015. This year the event theme was "The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon, A Marvelous Work and a Wonder." Fourteen presentations were delivered covering various aspects of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, the miracle of its translation and publication.
Patrick was asked to address the faculty from the Religious Education and Church History Departments. He shared with them the changes that had occurred in the Reorganized Church as well as the tension they too face with the same or similar issues confronting them as a church; such as women's ordination, the pressure to accept alternative life styles altering our Judeo-Christian concept of marriage and progressive thinkers who question the historicity of the Book of Mormon, and how they might respond to preserve the unique Restoration message. He concluded by sharing with them the common future we all share as believers in the Restoration.
The McKays attended several classes on campus, interacting with both the faulty and students and were asked to join the dialog. They were also invited to share in a fireside in one of the homes and testified of the wonderful things the Lord is doing among all Restoration believers.
They also meet with several professors to work on the details for the next Book of Mormon Festival to be held this May in Independence, Missouri.