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SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

6:30pm – 7:30pm Reception

7:30pm – 10:00pm Dinner and Program

Join us to honor a cherished and essential Mormon institution on its historic 50th anniversary. For five decades, Dialogue has promoted the best in Mormon thought, writing,and art and has created a permanent record of the aspirations and defining challenges of the Mormon people.


Marlin K. Jensen


Marlin K. Jensen, emeritus general authority, has devotedly worked to broaden information about the history of Mormonism. Serving as the Church historian for seven years, Jensen accomplished a substantial amount to further the work, including the first three volumes of the Joseph Smith Papers. He has been commended for expanding the history of the Church more than any other historian in this era. Jensen’s quick wit and slow drawl has magically put people at ease for years. He is equally comfortable in well-worn overalls and starched suits. His talent for remembering faces and facts served him well for years as a general authority, including his celebrated tenure as church historian. His passion to make the world a better place, be it by farming a small plot of land or advocating for change on a grand scale, has made him beloved by Mormons and non-Mormons alike.

Darius Gray


Darius Gray has been a force for racial equality and reconciliation within the LDS Church since his conversion in the 1960s. He was a member of the founding presidency of the Church’s Genesis Group in 1971 and in more than four decades of dedicated service since has become revered by generations of Latter-day Saints for his devoted leadership, thoughtful mentorship and pastoral care, and quiet but powerful influence. He has helped document the African-American Mormon story through his co-production with Margaret Young of “Nobody Knows”: The Untold Story of Black Mormons. Gray’s strong handshake often turns into a warm hug. He has fought for Black Mormon inclusion into LDS Church for years and each wrinkle has been hard earned. Young people may not ever know the full extent of his influence, because he’s too humble to tell all his legendary stories, but Dialogue will be celebrating his impact.

Christine Durham


Christine Durham is the first woman appointed to the Utah Supreme Court and the first woman appointed the Court’s Chief Justice. She has been a national leader in advancing judicial education and judicial accountability and has been honored by her peers as a trailblazer and pioneer for women in the judiciary. Durham’s years on the Utah Supreme Court have only strengthened her resolve to improve judicial education. Her excellence has been a critical factor in helping establish the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, online academic institution that seeks to revolutionize higher education by making college-level studies accessible to students worldwide. Come honor with Dialogue her continuing accomplishments.


Our reception and gala dinner celebration at the Natural History Museum in Salt Lake City will feature artisan food, the best from our burgeoning local music scene, including a feature performance from The Lower Lights Our host will be the Mormon humorist Robert Kirby and KUER RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio will curate conversation among our “Spirit of Dialogue” honorees to reflect on how their Mormon values and heritage have informed their world-changing accomplishments.


Natural History Museum of Utah
301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


The England Kimball Family Trust, The Smith-Pettit Foundation and Signature Books, Robert Brown, Bob Goldberg, Trenton Ricks, Mary L. Bradford & Jane/Stephen Bradford, University of Utah Mormon Studies Program, UVU Mormon Studies Program, Peter Huntsman, Travis Stratford, Molly Bennion, Mack Stirling, Val Hemming, Kif Augustine and Stirling Adams, Aaron Brown

Honorary Event Co-Chairs: Dawn and Morris Thurston, Greg and JaLynn Prince, Brent Rushforth, Roy and Molly McLellan Bennion