Back to All Events


  • University of Utah Institute of Religion 1780 South Campus Drive Salt Lake City, UT, 84148 United States (map)

It takes faith, endurance, and tenacity to remain steadfast in Christ.  Workshop speakers will share inspired messages that will refuel your own spiritual reserves, and help you draw closer to Christ and His love for you. Below is a list of schedule of speakers. More speakers will be published shortly. 

T.C. Christensen


Mr. TC Christensen is a cinematographer and director, known for Forever Strong (2008), 17 Miracles (2011) and Ephraim's Rescue (2013).



Kris Belcher


Courage, perseverance, faith, and humor are the themes of Kris Belcher’s life. Left completely blind and emotionally shattered in 2003 from her second battle with cancer, Kris was unsure how to go on. She has since grown accustomed to life in the dark, but could do without the bumps and bruises that accompany blindness. Kris is contemplating full-body armor as a safety precaution. Kris grew up in northern California until she attended Brigham Young University, graduating in Therapeutic Recreation. Kris served a mission in the Kentucky Louisville Mission. She and her husband, James, have two boys, and live in Lehi, Utah. They own a flower shop, and Kris is the delivery driver—well, not really. She leaves the driving to professionals who don’t need a cane. Giving hope to others who struggle in life has been Kris’s motivation to write and speak; she has shared her story and laughed with audiences throughout the United States and Canada.


Matt Townsend


For more than a decade, Matt Townsend has been energizing and involving audiences with his unique approach to building and maintaining successful relationships. Known as one of America’s top presenters in the field of Human Relations and Development, Matt blends humor and story telling with interactive, real-life solutions that inspire motivation and immediate results in his audiences.

Having dedicated his life to the study of communication and interpersonal relationships, Matt has worked extensively in the areas of results-oriented communication, conflict resolution and time management training. As a lead presenter for industry leader, Franklin Covey, Matt worked with the Family & Special Market Division and created the company’s largest train-the-trainer program, certifying more than 900 trainers to teach his customized time management curriculum.

“The Matt Townsend Show” is broadcast every week on KSL News Radio and Matt’s book Starved Stuff: The 7 Basic Needs of Healthy Relationships is a popular pick among those searching for better relationship skills. Having earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication and a second master’s degree in Human Development, he recently earned his PhD in the field of Human Development. He is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the National Department of Commerce.

Source: (

Dave McCann


Dave McCann co-anchors KSL News at 6 and 10 pm. He also calls play-by-play for BYU football and basketball games and hosts a variety of programs televised worldwide on BYUtv.

Dave spent nearly 20 years working at KLAS-TV in Las Vegas where he anchored sports for 14 years and most recently worked as morning co-anchor. In addition, he served as play-by-play voice for UNLV football for 14 seasons and wrote regularly for the Las Vegas Review Journal.

During his senior year at BYU, McCann was hired as a reporter for ABC's Good Morning America and covered college-related topics from around the country.

Source: (

Dallan R. Moody


Dallan R. Moody has more than 10 years of experience in the financial field. He most recently worked for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as senior auditor. As an auditor Moody worked directly with BYU where he was involved in several endeavors including the Athletics Department annual NCAA financial review. 

He oversees the day-to-day operations of the athletic department budgeting including transactions, auditing systems and preparing regular reports. He also oversees related compliance issues within the athletic department.

Source: (

James C. Perry


James is the President and founder of West One Finance, Inc. located in Farmington, Utah, an equipment finance company. Prior to his current employment, James served as Executive Vice President and Business Development Manager for Continental Bank, located in Salt Lake City Utah. James has spent over 30 in finance, mostly working for banks and finance companies located in Washington State. He has also held many leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including Counselor in an YSA stake presidency, Mission President, Area Seventy and Stake President. James is married to Sara (Martenson) Perry and they are the parents of seven children and four grandchildren.    

Matt Beecher


Matt Beecher grew up with his grandparents in a single-stoplight Idaho town living what he describes as “the happiest childhood and adolescent life [he] could have designed, but didn’t.”  After serving a mission in Sydney, Matt graduated from BYU, worked for a season, and then graduated from Harvard Business School with honors and the prestigious “Dean’s Award for Service to Society.” Matt tells anyone who asks that the greatest training he received for life didn’t come from academia or work, but instead from living the majority of his adult life as a single, committed Mormon. Now married with children, Matt is transitioning from a world-circling career in strategy, leadership development, and executive coaching at Fortune 500 companies to running his own venture that helps seniors and their families plan for and deliver end-of-life care. He says he can’t separate his passion for and experience of caring for his parents/grandparents from what he aspires to accomplish professionally. Matt lives with his family in Minneapolis and says ANYONE is welcome to join them for dinner claiming, “We eat, and we eat every single day.” 

Timothy L. Carver


Professional: Employed 37 years with the Church Educational System of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retired in 2013.
Mission: German Central Mission, 1972-74. 
Education: Graduated from Weber State University, 1976.
Ecclesiastical: Has served in various callings including Young Men’s president and bishop. Currently serving in Layton Utah YSA stake presidency.
Family: Happily married 40 years, two children (both married) and five grandchildren (with one more on the way!)
Hobbies: Loves being with family, riding camels, gardening, golfing, and writing.

Stephanie Gardner


Stephanie Gardner is a trained clinical social worker with a masters in social work. She has spent over 600 hours in face-to-face therapy helping clients and families improve their relationships. She has specialized in researching  attachment theory, and has spent the last four years studying scholastically both from non-LDS and LDS clinicians alike. She currently works at Actually Connect where she does relationship coaching and focuses on helping others overcome attachment issues and connect deeper. She is also the cofounder of Many Miracles a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping refugees and those in poverty across the globe. Recently she is spearheading the Run4Refugees, a 5k and 10k race which will take place in Alpine in August and will raise money for refugee families here in the state of Utah." Stephanie will speak on understanding our attachment styles in dating. 

Mark Basil


Mark Basil was born in Southern California and grew up with a love of sports,exercise, and fitness. These loves lead him to become a personal trainer. Mark became the youngest nationally certified personal trainer in nation. Mark has trained for and managed some of the largest health clubs in the country. He has also worked as a health and fitness consultant for numerous corporations, and Fortune 500 companies. He is certified in Post Rehabilitation and is also a certified Corrective Exercise Specialist. He is the former Strength and Conditioning Trainer for BYU. 10 years of college taught mark one thing-keep learning. He travels 60 days every year, just trying to learn from the best in the world on topics such as health nutrition, anatomy and biomechanics. Mark has been on radio, TV, and print. He is frequently invited as the guest lecturer for seminars around the country. Thirteen years ago mark founded Optimum Fitness in Alpine- a personal training studio dedicated to health, fitness, and performance enhancement. Individuals from around the country visit Optimum Fitness to improve the quality of their life. Health and fitness are his passions. He lives in Alpine with his wonderful wife and 3 beautiful children.

Meg Johnson


Meg Johnson people of all abilities with her motto: When life gets too hard to stand, just keep on rollin'! Meg fell off a cliff and broke her neck in 2004, at the age of 22. She spent four months in the hospital recovering from multiple injuries and returned home without the use of her legs, back, stomach, or hands - a quadriplegic. Wheelchair bound and determined, Meg refuses to sit still. Since she was paralyzed, Meg has competed at the national Ms. Wheelchair America pageant in New York, winning the Spirit Award; founded and directs Ms. Wheelchair Utah; instituted a service outreach program; and authored several books. She received the 2012 Weber County Athena Award, which recognizes her service efforts. Her motivational books and live-recorded talks on CD are available at book stores. Meg’s newsletter, Meg’s Monthly Message, is read by thousands across the globe. Meg has been married to her husband, Whit Johnson, since 2008 and they have one daughter. 

Ken Ehlert


Ken is a scientist and an entrepreneur, with a particular interest in neuro-economics. He’s built and sold a number of businesses in the healthcare industry. Currently, he leads a data science firm. Ken immigrated to the U.S. as a child, became a citizen as a teenager and subsequently dropped out of high school. After serving a mission, getting married and returning to school, he discovered real science. Ken and Wendy currently reside in Minnesota and are the parents 7 children. Wendy would say Ken’s first love is studying the scriptures and teaching the gospel. His love of family, science and the gospel have combined to create a deep curiosity of the inner workings of the human mind. 


Cory Hanks

Raised in Bountiful Utah and lived here my whole life except for a mission to Taiwan.
Married Michelle Cottle and very happily married for 34 years.
4 children 3 of which are adopted an currently all three are 18 years old.
Served in all kinds of callings – Bishop and Stake President for the 16 plus years
Release s Stake President in the fall of 2014.  Currently a primary teacher and ward choir director. His favorite B of M hero is Helaman.

Earlier Event: August 4
Breakout Sessions
Later Event: August 4