Experts on Mormonism Gathering in Western New York

Experts on Mormonism Gathering in Western New York

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PALMYRA, N.Y. (AP) -- Some of the top experts on the Mormon Church and its founder are gathering in New York for a symposium on the church's contributions to theology and culture.

The symposium is being held this weekend in Palmyra. It's one of several being held around the nation this year to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Smith.

Smith was living in Palmyra in the 18-hundreds when he founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Among those taking part in the symposium is Mormon Elder Larry Porter, who is considered one of the top historians on the New York era of the church.

Also taking part is Richard Bushman, the author of one of the most respected biographies of Smith.

Organizers expect about one-thousand people to attend the symposium.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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