Uncovering the Book of Revelation

The Book of Revelation is one of the most complex and mysterious in the Sacred Bible. To interpret the messages for our modern day, Biblical scholar and BYU professor emeritus Richard Draper delivered a fireside address Feb. 26, 2017 at the Los Angeles Temple ... Read More...

The Trial of Jesus: Shedding New Light

The Trial of Jesus: Shedding New Light On April 14, 2017, John W. Welch, law professor at Brigham Young University and Scholar in Residence at USC and the Widtsoe Foundation, discussed current scholarship regarding the arrest, trial, and execution of Je... Read More...

Norway Honors a Native Son

Descendants of John A. Widtsoe and Widtsoe biographer Alan Parrish (tallest man, back row) pose in front of Widtsoe statue Norway Honors a Native Son By Alan ParrishEditor’s Note: On June 17, 2017, a bronze statue honoring John A. Wid... Read More...

Sacred Space, Sacred Thread

  About the Conference Religious scholars and theologians joined faith leaders from diverse faith traditions at the University of Southern California on November 3-4, 2016 to explore the power, purpose and meaning of sacred spaces and sacred clothing in... Read More...
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Expecting Surprises

Have you ever been startled by something familiar? It doesn’t happen nearly enough for me, but when it does, my view of the world changes for the better. This sense of surprise by the ordinary is just the sort of thing that Mormon Studies can provide for both ... Read More...

Video Library: New Testament Commentary

Deciphering the Book of Revelation Why did John use strange images and symbols, fierce-looking beasts, seals and trumpets and earthly calamities while writing Revelation?  To help decipher these symbols and interpret the messages of the Book of Revelat... Read More...

Pres. Uchtdorf Visits USC

On April 24, 2015, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of the LDS Church, gave the keynote address at the inaugural John A. Widtsoe Symposium on the USC campus. The evening began with a small reception where President Uchtdor... Read More...

Friends of the Foundation Gather in Santa Clarita

Friends of the Widtsoe Foundation gathered at the home of Reed and Chris Halladay in Santa Clarita for a beautiful dinner and reception, followed by presentations from Gary Lawrence, public opinion pollster, and John Welch, Widtsoe Distinguished Scholar and BY... Read More...