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FIRM Foundation Magazine and the Provo Daily Herald are pleased to sponsor the Firm Foundation Expo, to be held April 9th, 10th and 11th at Utah Valley Universities UCCU Events Center. The Expo features the 15th International Book of Mormon Evidence Conference and will have over 50 Speakers conducting over 100 classes over the three day event. This will be a weekend you'll never forget!
The speakers listed below are scheduled to make their presentations at our April 2015 event. There is a break in the list below which are some of our speakers from previous events and they are not speaking at this event. The current speaker schedule is being finalized at this time. Please check again for speaker schedule updates. The Firm Foundation Expo managment reserves the right to make changes in both the speakers and their scheduled times as necessary for the success of the event.
Rod L. Meldrum is a researcher, author and national lecturer on the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, its historical efficacy and the scriptural and physical evidences that have recently been discovered indicating North America as the location where its epic history may have played out. His highly referenced and comprehensive research, as shared in live presentations and educational materials, has created a “swelling movement within the Church” according to Seth Perry of the Martin Mary Center which is the institute for advanced research in all fields of the study of religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School as published in their publication, Sightings 4/29/10. Click HERE to read the article. For more information about Rod L. Meldrum click HERE.
Timothy Ballard is the best-selling author of The Covenant; One Nation Under God; America's Sacred and Immutable Connection to Ancient Israel. He is also the author of the earlier LDS version of this work entitled, The American Covenant, Volumes I and II.
Tim is an honors graduate of BYU and holds advanced degrees in Politics from Middlebury College--The Monterey institute of International Studies. He has worked for the CIA and as a U.S. Special Agent, and now as the head of a private organization called Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) where he focuses on dismantling child trafficking organizations. Tim plays the leading role in a new movie being made by Academy Award winner, Jerry Molen. The full-length feature documentary-film focuses on Tim’s work as a modern-day “Abolitionist”. His Operation Underground Railroad has rescued hundreds of innocent children from the horrendous crime of sex slavery and was featured on the cover of the March/April 2015 LDSLiving Magazine.
He has appeared on numerous national news programs and has guest-hosted The Blaze/Glenn Beck TV Show.
Dr. Bradley Nelson is the developer of the most advanced form of energy medicine on the planet. A holistic Chiropractic Physician and Medical Intuitive, Dr. Nelson is one of the world’s foremost experts in the emerging fields of Bioenergetic Medicine and Energy Psychology. As an author and international lecturer in bio-energetic medicine and energy psychology, Dr. Brad has successfully used The Emotion Code with thousands of patients around the globe to relieve symptoms and often affect cures in conditions ranging from depression to cancer. His best-selling book, The Emotion Code, offers step-by-step instructions for working with the body's own healing power. Learn more at www.DrBradleyNelson.com and www.TheEmotionCode.com. Watch the video HERE.
In college, Dr. Brad studied computer programming and decided to pursue a career in business. But just six months before entering the MBA program at Brigham Young University, he had an epiphany. "I had asked God for guidance about my future. One night, I woke up and my mind was overflowing with thoughts of service to mankind and to humanity. The feelings were absolutely overwhelming, and as my head was filled with thoughts of healing and helping the world, a voice that was crystal clear spoke to me saying, 'This is a sacred calling.'"
In response to this calling, Dr. Brad entered Life Chiropractic College West, in San Lorenzo, California in 1988. After graduating with honors, he began his practice as a holistic chiropractic physician and saw a wide variety of patients, many of whom had seemingly incurable conditions.
Father to seven children, Dr. Brad lives in St. George, Utah with his wife Jean and their two youngest children.
"I feel this is my calling: to help people use their own intrinsic genius to find trapped emotions and release them so that their pain goes away, their diseases improve and sometimes disappear, and they no longer have depression, anxiety, panic attacks, or phobias. They stop sabotaging themselves, improve their health, and often improve their love life by getting rid of their emotional baggage through The Emotion Code."
Wayne N. May was born and raised in Wisconsin. He is a 42 year convert to the LDS Church and has served in four Branch Presidencies, three Elder Quorum Presidencies, Seminary Instructor, Gospel Doctrine Instructor, Veil worker at the St. Paul Minnesota Temple, and currently is serving as Gospel Doctrine Teacher of the Menomonie Wisconsin Branch, Oakdale, Minnesota Stake. His wife Kristine is active with Wayne in the archaeological discoveries of the Midwest. Together they publish the quarterly magazine Ancient American which has been in continuous print for 17 years and covers the pre-Columbian Americas. Wayne and Kristine are the parents of seven children, and grandparents to sixteen.
Wayne is author of five books on the subject of Book of Mormon Archaeology in North America. They are titled; This Land: Zarahemla and the Nephite Nation; This Land: Only One Cumorah; This Land: They Came from the EAST; book four is This Land: America 2,000 B.C. to 500 A.D and book five is This Land: Willard's Cumorah Land. Wayne gives firesides to members and non-members alike, wherever he is invited to present. He has been presenting information on the topic of North America's archaeological data since 1994 which demonstrates how it applies to the Book of Mormon timeline.
Temples, Ramps & the Land of Zarahemla
Hagoth's Sailing Route Found?
Towers Among the Nephites; Wood and Stone
Roger K. Young is the #1 selling LDS author & lecturer on the Signs of the Times and the Events of the Last Days over the last 25 years. His books; As a Thief in the Night, Behold the Fig Tree, When Ye Shall See All These Things, And There Shall Be Signs, Zion the Holy City of New Jerusalem, Dreams and Visions of the Last Days, To Your Tents O Israel, They Must Needs Be Chastened and Tried, Escape From Babylon, and his newest book: The Collapse, have become essential LDS gospel library materials and his lectures are often standing room only. He is also a Preparedness Expert, owns and operates the Total Solar Innovation Solar Energy company, and is currently Senior Editor of the Global Research Initiative (GRI) monthly Newsletter.
Saturday Evening, Roger will be speaking on the subject THE FUTURE OF AMERICA & THE WORLD, WITH FOCUS ON THE NEXT 2 YEARS. (The Coming World Wars in Europe, America, the Middles East, the collapse and the Things you should know to About to Prepare For, with current Updates.) Join Roger in a fascinating presentation and discussion about the long prophesied events in the history of the world.
The Basics of Emergency Survival and Preparedness. Why most 72 hour kits will kill you, the priorities you should prepare for, how to fix the problems, and much more.
All About Solar Energy: the basics, the Do's and the Don'ts, the Gotchas to look out for. Why you should or should not use solar energy.
Jonathan Neville received a B.S. in Agricultural Economics, and M.S. in Agribusiness, and a J.D., all from Brigham Young University. He clerked for the Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, then entered the JAG in the Air Force for five years before practicing mostly corporate law for many years. He has written over 30 legal commentaries, a dozen novels, and numerous articles. He has done LLM work at the University of Washington and teaches environmental science and ethics. He has lived in Europe for 8 years and the Philippines for 2 years. His work and other interests have taken him to every continent and over 60 countries.
He first became interested in ancient cultures when visiting Italy and Greece as a teenager. At BYU he took an honors class from John Sorenson and began a life-long study of Book of Mormon archaeology, anthropology, and related topics. He has visited ancient sites in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle-East, and North, Central and South America. A long-time follower of the Mesoamerican model of Book of Mormon geography, he came across discrepancies that led him to reject that model. Within the last year he delved into Church history, focusing on the origin of the Mesoamerican theory. He has developed some astonishing new perspectives on previously little known historical facts and has uncovered what is becoming known as the "Smoking Gun" of the Mesoamerican theory.
The Smoking Gun of Book of Mormon geography
This presentation reveals the stunning truth about the origins of the Mesoamerican theory set forth in the 1842 Times and Seasons in Nauvoo.
Chiasmus and the Heartland
This presentation shows how Mormon used chiasmus and other parallel structures to describe a North American setting for the Book of Mormon.
Mormon's Codex revisited
This presentation examines the predominant Mesoamerican model using the criteria set forth in the book Mormon's Codex and shows how those criteria not only exclude Mesoamerica as a plausible setting for the Book of Mormon, but establish North America as the best fit.
Steven Edgar Smoot is the oldest son of Stanley M. and Mary Ellen Smoot. Steven is married to Kathleen Reid of Bountiful, Utah and they are the parents of nine children. Steven’s business interests include, President of Excel Investment Corporation, Owner and Broker of Sky Properties, a commercial and residential real estate development and brokerage company.
He is also the developer and managing partner of the Palmyra Inn which houses the Ancient North America Artifact Exhibit. Steve is President of The Family First Foundation an organization whose mission is to educate, strengthen and fortify the natural family, addressing family policy around the world. He is a past Chairman of the Davis County Republican Party and is the Executive Producer of two documentaries; Demographic Winter, the decline of the human family, Demographic Bomb, demography is destiny and The New Economic Reality. He is the Executive and Co-Producer of the documentary, The Lost Civilizations of North America and his most recent work which has culminated in the book Lost American Antiquities - A Hidden History.
Inter-twined through each of these documentaries is a common thread that shows that society cannot always rely on today’s scientific and academic communities for scholarly truths. One would think that by using scientific methods that scientists would be encouraged to follow the evidences wherever they may lead and in time come to a truthful conclusion. But since the mid 1800’s as these documentaries reveal, Social Engineers have learned that they can use the sciences and their influential political positions as a powerful tool to crush dissent on the origin and evolution of man and a myriad of other social and political issues.
Amberli Gustin Nelson received a B.S. in Sociology from Brigham Young University ('94) and recently completed her Master's Degree in Athletic Administration from CUI (2014). A busy wife and mother of seven, Amberli has a deep and abiding love of truth, knowledge and greater understanding and therefore she thoroughly enjoys reading about and researching subjects she is most passionate about which include: sacred symbology, The Book of Mormon, early LDS church history, and Jewish religious customs, beliefs and traditions. She has become an expert on ancient Jewish practices, especially those involving the Laws of Moses. She delights in sharing this knowledge with others and does so with energy and enthusiasm.
Amberli has discovered compelling new evidence that the ancient Hopewell Mound Builders may have been living the laws of Moses based on archaeological findings of the essential materials required for obedience to those laws. Her incredibly powerful new presentation was a tremendous hit at our Spring 2012 National Conference and she has some incredible new information to share. Her presentation was titled - Connections Between Jewish Family, Cultural and Religious Practises and Those of the Ancient Hopewell Civilization. Amberli has a life-long passion for researching ancient scriptures, customs and symbols - especially in connection with the Law of Moses. She delights in traveling, learning and in sharing her knowledge with others and does so with great enthusiasm and passion. Amberli and her family reside in Salem, Utah.
1. Holy Days in the Heartland
Come hear Amberli Nelson explain how 5 key scriptures in the Book of Mormon definitively place the ancient Nephites in the Heartland of North America.
2. Latest Heartland Hebraisms: Newest Findings
Amberli will be sharing her new, latest research and most recently discovered scriptural evidence validating the Heartland Model for the location of the Book of Mormon.
Boyd graduated in Engineering from BYU in 1986 and later received his MBA from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA in 1991. After twenty plus years of working for a Fortune 500 company in New York and Japan, Boyd retired early to start a publishing venture he called Legends Library Publishing, Inc.
Seven years later, Legends has over 100 titles in print, many of which have become regional bestsellers with some receiving national attention. Among the authors published by Legends are many of the presenters at this conference: Timothy Ballard, Val Brinkerhoff, Rod Meldrum, Steve Smoot, Jonathan Neville, Bruce Porter, Gary Wright, David Allen, Stephen Spykerman, Doug Brinley and Leslie Rees, others include Joseph F. McConkie, Bob Lonsberry, Sherman L. Fleek, M. Catherine Thomas, Richard Eyre, Emma Lou Thayne, Keith Terry, Herschel Pedersen, Ed J. Pinegar, and many others.
Boyd serves as Executive Vice President of the FIRM Foundation and Editor-in-Chief of the forthcoming Firm Foundation Magazine set to launch in 2015. Legends Library Publishing has been named “Official Publisher” of the FIRM Foundation. In that capacity Legends has published no less than 40 individual titles (books, DVDs , etc.) that specifically support the goals and objectives of the FIRM Foundation. Tens of thousands of these titles have now sold and today they serve as the literary backbone and educational showcase of the Heartland library. For more information visit www.digitalegend.com (LDS titles) and www.legendslibrary for their national titles.
Boyd, whose father is Elder A. Theodore Tuttle of the First Quorum of Seventy, recently relocated from New York and now resides in Cottonwood Heights, UT where he and his wife Holly are the parents of nine children.
Boyd’s presentation on Saturday, April 11th is titled: Navigating the Vortex of Millennial Light and Truth. His presentation will address the tsunami-like wave of groundbreaking “knowledge and inspiration” pouring into the Foundation, and will describe the new world of Real Time publishing. Boyd will also explore some of the most compelling new titles and manuscripts that are coming in response to a burst of new energy from and an untapped field of study: Which is the new way to examine religion, science and history through the lens of “Millennial Light.”
James F. Stoddard III is the husband of Leslie Sarah Stoddard and father of 9 children. He is a direct descendant of Asael and Mary Duty Smith, the Prophet Joseph Smith’s grandparents, and other LDS Church history figures. He is the founder of the Joseph Smith Foundation with its divisions Joseph Smith Academy, Joseph Smith Forum, and ZionVision. He is also the producer of the documentaries For Our Day: Divinely Sanctioned Governments, For Our Day: Covenant on the Land and Creation and Evolution: A Witness of Prophets. James has worked in private, public, religious, corporate and home education as well as Web development, software engineering, videography and natural health. He also serves on the Firm Foundation Executive Advisory and Strategic Planning Board and authors many papers and articles on the Web. His research supports the writings and teachings of ancient and latter-day prophets.
Title: Solutions that Work for Apathetic Youth
Summary: Hear from teenage youth who have produced documentaries, started businesses, published articles, founded youth organizations, all while fully contributing to home and family life. Learn proven time-tested principles for motivating youth that actually WORK! Discover the missing keys to a vibrant, fruitful (and economically viable) family life. Revolutionize your home into a productive environment, from farming, to preparedness, to hi-tech, to arts and media, to operating heavy equipment to gospel research and more!
Title: Joseph Smith: More Than You Knew
Summary: What do the two Jewish prophets in Revelation 11, the servant in Isaiah, the angel in Revelation 14, the servant in Jacob 5, the messenger in Malachi, Elias in all standard works, Joseph in Egypt, the Davidic Prince, the One Mighty and Strong, Messiah Ben Joseph and Book of Mormon prophets have in common? Discover the Prophet Joseph Smith in a way you have never imagined! For the first time, the Joseph Smith Foundation releases their groundbreaking research revolutionizing Latter-day prophecy and the Signs of the Times.
L. Hannah Stoddard is the producer of the documentary video, For Our Day: Divinely Sanctioned Governments and director of the film For Our Day: Covenant on the Land. She is a Co-Founder of the Joseph Smith Foundation Inspira Project, as well as the online youth organization - Maidens with a Mission. Hanna was home and privately educated. She directs all Joseph Smith Foundation projects, including Joseph Smith Foundation FAQs, and InspiraWiki's Timelines and Maps. She also co-directs Joseph Smith Foundation projects including Joseph Smith Forum, Joseph Smith Academy, and ZionVision. She has worked as a graphic artist, software developer, videographer, project manager and research assistant. Hannah's research supports the writings and teachings of ancient and latter-day prophets.
The Nephite Explorer Project is presented by journalist and National Geographic photographer Ryan Fisher who travels around the world following the clues to help unlock prophecy and mysteries from the Bible, Book of Mormon and American History. Utilizing the tools and techniques of investigative journalism Ryan gathers insights from researchers, scholars, historians and archeologists to reveal the fulfillment of prophecy like never before. The findings revealed are nothing short of astonishing as advances in science, technology, archeology, history and scholarship all help further our understanding of some of the most important events in Christianity.
David W. Allan was born in Mapleton, Utah on September 25, 1936. He met Edna Love Ramsay – the love of his life – at the Hill Cumorah pageant while serving a mission in the Eastern States. His Sweetheart, their seven children, their spouses, their children and great-grandchildren are his greatest joy and prize. He knows the most important unit in time and eternity is the family and is so grateful for his.
He received a B.S. degree in physics from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, in 1960, and then moved to Boulder, Colorado where he was called to be a bishop, later stake president of the Boulder Stake, and then served in the Denver Mission Presidency. More recently he and his wife served a mission in West Africa, Cote d’Ivoire – French speaking.
When he moved to Boulder in 1960 he joined the Atomic Frequency and Time Standards Section of the National Bureau of Standards (later renamed the National Institute of Standards and Technology -- NIST) where he helped to develop the nations atomic-clock timekeeping system and was a consultant for the Air Force in the development of GPS. He obtained an M.S. degree in physics from the University of Colorado in 1965. This thesis is the most cited publication to come out of the Department of Commerce. He gives the Lord the credit for the inspiration in its writing. He has used his fame in this regard to teach the gospel around the world.
Brother Allan has published well over a 100 technical papers and written chapters in several books. He retired in 1992 and continued consulting and research – helping Hewlett Packard develop cell-phone tower synchronization using GPS. He has received numerous awards: the atomic clock was invented by Nobel Prize winner, Isidor Isaac Rabi, in the 1940s. An award was named after him, and he was the first recipient; in 1984, Brother Allan was the second recipient. In 2011, the international telecommunication community gave him the “Time Lord” award in Edinburgh, Scotland – near the place where the Allan family name originated and where the International Telecom Forum gave him the “Time Lord” award. In September of last year (2014) he was invited to give a plenary talk at the International Symposium of the Metrology of Time and Space held in Suzdal, Russia. They surprised him with a 50 year award – signed by more than 40 of their top scientists – cited “To the founder of the modern time and frequency measurement …”
After finishing their mission in 1999, he next felt impressed to work on Einstein’s unfinished unified field theory and gained some major insights into the Lord’s physics. This work is published in laymen’s terms and with enormous ramifications to the betterment of society in his last book, It’s About Time, published by Legends Library. It is Christ centered book for the new millennium and for all people, and some have said it is the best book outside of the scriptures to combat the secular encroachment on society.
Title: Where We Are in God’s Time.
David Allan's latest publication, It’s About Time, is the book for the new millennium as it harmonizes science and religion with new scriptural scientific data. It is considered by some to be the best book (outside the scriptures) in combating the secular-materialistic encroachment on society.
Summary: David shares a grand harmony between science and religion -- providing major insights into God’s timeline for us. He has been invited again to Russia to talk, as a world timing expert, and has been invited to China. His research shows a powerful harmony from the scriptures helping us to know not only where we are in God’s timing, but how to best prepare for the exciting days ahead and how we can combat society’s heavy secular encroachment. His colleagues and members have been buying a goodly number of his Christ centered book: www.ItsAboutTimeBook.com, and many lives have been touched. Deseret Book now carries it as well as www.BookofMormonEvidence.org.
Avraham Gileadi was born in the Netherlands in 1940. During World War II, his father’s underground organization helped a New Zealand pilot escape to England. This led to the family migrating to New Zealand. After becoming a popular jazz and rock musician, Avraham gave up the music to return to his spiritual roots. He traveled to Israel, received his Hebrew name from a rabbinical court on converting to Judaism, became an Israeli citizen, attended rabbinical school in Jerusalem, and learned Jewish analytical methods. He was baptized LDS in 1972 in the Pool of Siloam after having read the Book of Mormon, which he found in a kibbutz library.
After living five years in Israel, he moved to the United States, enrolled at BYU, and raised a family of nine children. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies under the tutelage of Professor R. K. Harrison of Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology, with Professor Hugh Nibley as chairman. For his Ph.D. thesis, he analyzed a complex literary structure in the Book of Isaiah that radically impacts the book’s interpretation.
During six of his eight years at BYU, he taught Hebrew, Old and New Testaments, and an honors class in the literary analysis of Isaiah. Under the direction of Ellis Rasmussen, dean of Religion, he reviewed and revised Israeli scholar Jonathan Shunary’s Hebrew translation of the Book of Mormon for the church’s Translation Division, discovering many Hebrew prophetic structures and literary patterns in the Book of Mormon. He also translated the Book of Isaiah into modern English with annotations from the Dead Sea scroll of Isaiah and the Septuagint Version, publishing it with analyses of Isaiah’s literary patterns discovered during a decade of post-doctoral research.
Sponsored by the Hebraeus Foundation since 1990, Avraham Gileadi has lectured widely, given seminars and firesides, and published ten books on the Book of Isaiah and related subjects that teach Jewish analytical methods and help anyone to understand Isaiah. Hugh Nibley calls Avraham “the only LDS scholar I know of who is thoroughly competent to teach the words of Isaiah.” Avraham’s books, videos, and mp3s are for sale at the Isaiah Institute table.
1. Isaiah's End-time Prophecy: Ten Rules on How and How Not to Interpret Isaiah
2. Divine Protection Ancient and End-Time
In the end-time, as anciently, God’s protection of his people and of individuals operates solely within the parameters of the covenants God has made. The Sinai Covenant ensures a people’s divine protection when they collectively keep the covenant’s terms. The Davidic Covenant relies on a proxy savior or saviors answering for the disloyalties of those to whom they minister. The titles of “king” and “priest” have little meaning only as they define the roles proxy saviors fulfil in obtaining God’s protection of others under the terms of the Davidic and Levitical covenants.
Dr. Jack Monnett is the author of several best-selling LDS books concerning Latter-day struggles in preparedness, government, and education. He holds degrees from BYU and a PhD from the University of Utah emphasizing the historical role of the Church. Jack has taught in the LDS Church educational system and has been an administrator in the Arizona community colleges. He is also the founder of Archive Publishers and Nauvoo House Publishers. His past responsibilities include serving as a president of a State Right to Life Foundation, President of a County Chamber of Commerce, Board Chairman of Deseret Academy in Salt Lake City, and Principal of the David O. McKay Online Academy. He has served in the LDS Church both as a Bishop and as a member of a Stake Presidency. He is the father of thirteen children and currently resides in Spring City, Utah, where he also serves as Mayor.
1. Warnings from the Book of Mormon for the Latter Days
Over and over Latter-day Saints repeat that the Book of Mormon was written for our day and that it has particular meaning for members of the LDS Church--yet we often only look at the stories and examples of courage that we find there. Those are good and uplifting, but they are secondary to the direct prophecies and warnings found in the book that are geared directly to us as participants in the restoration of the Latter-day Church. This class will look at often overlooked specific warnings, responsibilities and accountabilities directed toward us.
2. EMP: Are You Prepared? What is it? What should I do? How can I prepare?
There is a great deal of confusion concerning the electro-magnetic pulse and the affect that it could/will have on our lives. A few years ago we said that it was only a topic for sci-fi films and books--now it is taken much more seriously by government, military, and the world in general. A most important understanding is that either through natural phenomena or enemy attack, an EMP strike will very likely take place disrupting not only the United States but the northern hemisphere or even the planet. Life without electricity for up to a year's duration will present a very different scenario than almost any of us are prepared for.
Val Brinkerhoff is an author, artist, professor, and researcher. He has authored thirty magazine articles and fourteen books, eight as the sole author. His latest work is centered on the connection between heavenly signs, the Hebrew Holy days, and the last-days prophecies of Isaiah, Daniel, and John and Revelator. Collectively these witnesses mark the birth, death, and second coming return of the Lord Jesus Christ, along with the Elias preparing the way before Him.
His last three books include (1) Seven Heavenly Witnesses of the Coming of Jesus Christ; (2) Awake and Arise: Coming Tribulation and Judgment with a Mighty and Strong One to Deliver - the Last-days according to Isaiah; and (3) The Original Location of the Temple and the Atonement. They have been called monumental works, unraveling hidden truths revealed in the heavens, the Holy Days, and the prophetic books. His research also points to a more accurate geographic setting for the Jerusalem temple and the atonement of Christ across from it. They are relevant truths for coming last-days events, including the return of our Lord. We must "awake and arise" in preparation for the return of the Bridegroom.
Title: Awake and Arise - the Bridegroom is Coming
Summary: Heavenly signs and the Hebrew Holy Days mark the return of Jesus Christ and His Elias. How do we read them? What are they saying? What lies ahead of us? There is much we can know if we will awake and arise.
Jake Hilton - An eighth-generation member of the Church, comes from a strong pioneer heritage that includes Levi Savage Jr. of the ill-fated Willie Handcart Company whose story was portrayed in the extraordinary film 17 Miracles. He served his mission in Hong Kong, China and following his mission volunteered as an English teacher in Sakata, Japan because he speaks both Cantonese and Japanese.
Jake is especially in tune with the youth of today, he cares deeply about them and relates easily with them. He book "Angels Lost and Found," is a beautifully written and illustrated childrens book with moral underpinnings. He is a multiple black belt and instructor of karate and has trained around the world. He made an appearance on The Awesome Foundation's pilot episode in the fall of 2012. He has done some incredible filmed stunts that are breathtaking in order to showcase his ninja skills.
Jake was introduced to the Heartland Model research and from the onset it "felt right" to him. It served as a powerful tool of re-conversion to the gospel by strengthening his testiomony of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon and the divine calling of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
The POWER of Book of Mormon Evidence
Summary: "Why does Book of Mormon geography matter? Jake Hilton answers this question with what he calls "The Great Eight"—eight powerful reasons why a correct understanding of Book of Mormon geography is not only important, but vital to us as individuals, as Latter-day Saints, and as citizens of the United States of America, the promised land of the Book of Mormon. This presentation has the power to transform your life and permanently strengthen your testimony in the Word of God—the Book of Mormon and the Bible."
Only a Matter of Time
Summary: "Nearly every prophet since Adam has foretold the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and has warned us of the signs that would precede His return. In this presentation, Jake Hilton expounds on eight groups of signs, using the Scriptures and modern evidence to show how these prophecies have been, are being, and will soon be fulfilled. Make no mistake, Jesus Christ WILL return... it's Only a Matter of Time."
Howard Carlos Smith holds a B.S. Degree in Engineering from Utah State University and an M.S. Degree from Brigham Young University. As a teacher and trainer he taught over 15,000 students spanning a period of forty-five years. He was one of three missionaries to open the Island of Puerto Rico for missionary work.
Howard Carlos Smith learned of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s Nauvoo Legion Lieutenant General’s sword through his Uncle Delbert Nobel, a direct descendent of Joseph Bates Noble who was a personal friend and bodyguard to the Prophet. On their way to fateful Carthage, the Prophet asked Brother Noble to return to Nauvoo with a letter for his wife Emma and a pistol for Porter Rockwell. He also removed his sword and gave it as a gift to his trusted bodyguard who had served him while on Zion’s Camp and beyond his death. The sword has been kept hidden away, being passed from generation to generation of the Noble family for 165 years. This legendary sword of the Prophet, Joseph Smith has never been displayed publicly…until now.
Howard visited his Uncle Delbert son LaMar who allowed him to hold the sword. Howard recalls “Holding the sword, I felt a spirit like I’ve never felt before…almost like grasping the hand of the Prophet himself” he said. Howard presents his historical research and findings as he discovered the secrets of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s legendary sword.
Pamela Romney Openshaw found her passion for the Constitution and yearning for the politics of good, moral government while serving as an elected delegate from Nebraska to President Carter's 1980 White House Conference on Families. She saw how political forces can distort procedures and policies so that they appear to represent the will of the American people, but it became obvious that powerful forces for both good and evil operate in the hearts of those who lead.
Her love of country, family, and life itself led her to begin speaking publicly for the Right to Life movement and into a private study of the morality of public policy. This fascinating journey left her concerned, yet hopeful, for the future of our country. She remains optimistic about the strength, integrity and willingness to act with her fellow Americans in the conservative Christian cause.
A college degree in education opened the door to teaching: in elementary school, high school, and public school special education. Those endeavors have been shelved as she currently invests her efforts in teaching about our inspired, dynamic and currently embattled United States Constitution. Her greatest love, other than God, family, and country, is teaching—and she loves teaching the truth.
Pamela also loves the business world and the free enterprise system that backs America. She has created and operated several businesses, including a consulting firm, several sales organizations, a food establishment, and a construction firm. Each was exciting and successful, but ultimately she returned to what means the most to her: a life filled with family, church, and teaching in some form.
David Hardy works closely with doctors and independent researchers to expand the use of vitamins and minerals for the treatment of mood, anxiety, and behavior-related disorders. Over the last two decades, David has pioneered a specialized nutritional formulation which includes unique technology that dramatically alters the bioavailability of minerals to the body. It has become the most researched formula for mental health in the world (BMC Psychiatry, 2011; British Journal of Psychiatry, 2014), and has shown never-before-seen results. Because of this mental health breakthrough, many prominent health professionals (including Dr. Charles Popper of Harvard Medical School) consider David to be one of the world’s foremost experts in the use of vitamins and minerals. David is the founder of NutraTek Health Innovations Inc. and Hardy Nutritionals®.
Presentation Title: Mental Health Breakthrough
Kay Godfrey is a graduate of Brigham Young University, holding degrees in Historic Archaeology and Anthropology. His Archaeological degree has an emphasis on biblical archaeology. He speaks Hebrew and has conducted religious related research in the Holy Lands. Kay has spent the better part of twenty-eight years researching the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith. He has authored many articles in LDS church related magazines on a variety of themes singular to the Prophet. Kay has spoken at a Deseret Book symposium in Nauvoo on the "trials of the Prophet Joseph in Missouri" and lectures regularly on the topic of modern day restoration to zones of full-time missionaries. Kay has lectured extensively through-out the United States and Canada, and is dedicated to sharing with others his testimony of the significance of the Prophet and Man - Joseph Smith.
Kay authored a four-part DVD series in cooperation with Digital Memories entitled, "Following The Footsteps of Joseph”, "The Early Years" (1805-1830), "The Echo Of A Beating Heart" (1830-1838), "The Silver Lined Clouds Of War" (1838-1839) and "The Passport To Heaven" (1840-1844). Kay shares in his presentations a portion of his tremendous lifetime of study of the life and times of the Prophet, Joseph Smith. He brings a unique perspective and many unique and original church history artifacts that will bring each listener to a deeper and richer understanding of the divine role of the first prophet of this dispensation. This incredibly powerful message is one that will leave you with a renewed and stronger testimony of Joseph Smith, The Prophet.
Kels has been in the film business for 25 years, best known for the creation of "Will it Blend", one of the most successful viral ad campaigns of all time, garnering over a half a billion views on YouTube. He has also produced a number of feature films such as "Handcart", "The Latter-Days of Elvis Presley", "Wayward" and "The Last Eagle Scout". His current project "Hidden in the Heartland" is currently in development, covering the research material provided by the FIRM Foundation. The Pilot for "Hidden in the Heartland" is available HERE.
HIDDEN IN THE HEARTLAND is a television series still in development, covering many of the untold stories that brings evidence and logic to the coming about of the Mormon faith and it's role in America today.
Misti Stevenson spent 23 years living an abundant and productive life yet simultaneously living in an invisible prison - a prison of OCD. It nearly completely robbed her of joy and peace.
Yet no one knew how much she was hurting. Misti had a quick natural laugh that concealed her crippling internal battle.
But she finally found a path to recovery and was healed. She considers it a miracle. A miracle she now loves sharing with others. A miracle you too can access.
Misti now enjoys her busy and joy-filled life in Kaysville with her husband, Jed, and five busy children.
When not helping her kids with homework, tackling a mountain of laundry, or serving at church, she loves to do yoga, and especially loves hiking in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with her family.
Facing her OCD was difficult. Telling her family was almost impossible. Writing about it, the supreme act of faith.
She has felt supported by the Savior each step of the way. Misti knows you or someone you love may be among those who are silently suffering in a seemingly insurmountable set of circumstances and loves spreading the Savior’s message of hope and deliverance through the telling of her story.
Misti is the author of He Delivered Even Me, He Will Deliver Even You (A spiritual journey of healing from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Misti Stevenson, 2013
Presentation Title: FINDING THE PATH: My Journey from Crippling OCD to Happiness
Summary: Misti Stevenson tells the gripping story of her descent into the isolating dysfunction of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. From age eleven she felt more and more disconnected while on the outside she appeared to be totally fine. The distance between these two realities increased to the size of an emotional Grand Canyon. Distress spiraled into despair. Her struggle was invisible to most, but was consuming her. When she found the path to healing, her darkness gave way to light. She tells her story with the hope that you may find the path of full healing also.
If OCD or any seemingly insurmountable challenge is affecting you or someone you love, this is a story of healing you absolutely must hear. It will give you hope.
David Lindsley exhibited artistic talent at an early age. At age 11, he studied with legendary artist Jon Gnagy and later received art scholarships for college and university training. David has also studied with artists Daniel Greene and Tom Browning. From 8x10-inch miniatures to 8x10-foot murals, he works exclusively in oils and has created commissioned works for private collections, colleges, publications, and corporations, including the LDS Church. His portrait of Joseph Smith standing before the Kirtland, Ohio Temple holding the Book of Mormon in his outstretched hand was chosen to depict the Prophet Joseph on the front cover of the church’s manual “Teachings of Presidents of the Church; Joseph Smith” being studied this year.
David tells the story behind his incredible painting of the prophet and his desire to create on canvas the historic reality of events, people and places from the scriptures and Church history. He unveiled for the first time a newly completed masterful original art piece of the tender scene from the Book of Mormon wherein the Savior takes the little children into his arms for a very special moment in history. This scene, depicted in a backdrop from an ancient culture that once flourished in the Heartland of America, gives the viewer a profound sense of the Savior’s love and compassion as well as the beauty and hope of innocent children.
Title: The Michigan Plates: an Artist's Perspective
Summary: Artist David Lindsley shares some interesting findings while researching the Michigan Plates including two plates with hidden "Mystic symbols" and an insight into the perplexing "toothbrush font" often seen on many of the plates. David will discuss the article he wrote for Ancient American magazine last year, the Title of Liberty painting, and the UNVEILING of his new "Lincoln" painting.
Beverly Hyatt Neville currently manages the Health Promotion Bureau for the Salt Lake County Health Department. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, has a MS in Public Health and a PhD in Health Education. She teaches nutrition and public health courses at local and online universities. She is a Past President of the Utah Public Health Association and the Utah Nutrition Council. She has worked on humanitarian projects in Utah, Colombia and the Dominican Republic and has done nutrition research on all seven continents. She has published peer-reviewed articles on public health and authored a book on healthy eating for consumers titled The Five Hungers.
The 5 Hungers: Solutions to carb cravings, emotional eating, and the energy roller coaster.
This presentation explores the Five Hungers that make us crave carbs and overeat. When we respond to our true hungers and eat in healthier ways, we can get off the energy roller coaster and end the vicious circles of failed dieting with a renewal of vibrant health and vigor.
Imagine…feeling great peace and comfort while hearing messages delivered through the voice of a “new Karen Carpenter”. Even at an early age, Michele Baer’s rich, warm tone captivated audiences causing this comparison. Since making her stage debut at age 6 in a production of “The Sound of Music”, Michele Baer has continued to sing in musicals and as a soloist throughout the western United States. With a BA from BYU, she has taught 7-12 choral music in Arizona, led children’s choirs in 2 states and voice lessons for over 20 years.
A 2-time winner of the National Teachers of Singing competition, she was also honored as the American Mothers National Vocal Winner in 2004 for her ability to balance family, music and community service.
As a recording artist, Michele has composed and produced 4 CD’s of vocal music with renowned arrangers, Greg Hansen, Merrill Jenson (“The Testaments”), Richard Talbot and Guitarist Michael Dowdle. She is also a regular inspirational speaker at Women’s and Youth Conferences around the country, including 8 years at EFY. Her CDs have touched thousands with their powerful messages of hope and inspiration.
She had the privilege of singing “God Bless America” for a live radio audience in Dallas, Texas before the Glenn Beck Show. Michele released “To God and Country”, a new album to inspire patriots to make their voices heard and preserve our religious liberty.
With this wealth of musical experience, Michele has recently turned to producing and performing in benefit concerts with her musical friends to help various causes in the community including: Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Gateway Medical Center, United Families Int’l., Plane Crash victims-Stephanie and Christian Nielsen, and several cancer patients.
Michele and her husband Sterling have 6 children, 5 grandchildren and currently reside in Mesa, AZ where she serves as the director of Christmas Concerts at the Mesa, AZ temple.
Title: Music that Heals the Soul
Summary: Sometimes when we are facing challenges in our lives, music is the healing balm that comforts us and gives us strength to carry on. Michele Baer realized this years ago and has spent the last 20 years writing and recording inspirational music to bless others. She now shares the stories behind the songs she has written that have touched and blessed so many hearts and lives.
Karyn Grant, The Joy Coach, has been writing music since she was fifteen. Now, a mother of four young adults, Karyn resides in Pleasant Grove, Utah and also owns and operates, The Cherishing Place; a place of nurturing for women and children and Scents of Peace essential oils.
During the past twenty five years, Karyn has written and performed inspirational music for people of all faiths. It is through the medium of music that she shares her testimony of “The Healer’s Touch” and “The Journey to Joy” through her music and night-time nurturing CDs. These “Joy Coaching Sessions” on CD have blessed many lives and have inspired countless clients to remember their own divine essence. As a speaker, coach and facilitator, Karyn shares this message with audiences of all backgrounds. Karyn has written many books which are available in e-book format. She has been sharing her love of people through her music, with audiences from the prison to the church as well as in the community.
Tatia Nelson is the Director and Master Instructor of the School of Health Freedom where beloved students gather to learn freedom in personal healthcare. She is also a Certified Iridologist, Health Mentor, Professional Presenter, and Singer. Passionate about health and helping people, she graduated from BYU with a BS in Psychology and minor in music. She later earned a Master Herbalist and Iridologist degree from the School of Natural Healing and presentation training from 3Key Elements. She has over 25 years of experience in the natural healing industry. She has presented over 100 presentations on topics of health, self-reliance, and freedom to audiences all over. She has entertained thousands with patriotic, or other uplifting music as a professional singer. She is a loving wife and mother of two beautiful children.
My name is Delores Kahkonen, and I am Upper Cayuga of the Six Nations and a member of the Bear Clan from Ontario, Canada. My family lived with my Grandmother, Marie Jamieson, until I was about six years old. She took over the responsibility of looking after me while we lived with her. Grandmother was a well known Iroquois historian and she taught me many of the Six Nations’ legends and traditions, as well as our history. In addition, my mother, Charlotte (Jamieson) Taylor, was a traditional storyteller.
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My husband and I currently live in St. George, Utah. I reared four sons and am a grandmother to nine grandchildren and one great grandson. I received a Bachelor of Science, a Masters in Secondary Education, and my teaching certification at Southern Utah University. My goal is to help Native American Indians with the knowledge I am able to obtain from furthering my education.
I worked mostly at Dixie State University in the Career Center, the GED Adult Education Program, and I was the Coordinator and a teacher of English as Second Language (ESL) for Washington County School District’s ESL Adult Program.
I also tutored Native American Indian students with their writing classes, on a voluntary basis, for many years while at Dixie State University. I also served as their Advisor for the Native American Indian students’ club for two years. During the winter semester of 2010, I was an instructor for Brock University teaching a Master of Education class on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Canada. Lastly, I have written six culturally relevant books for grades four to six.
Presentation: Voices from the Past Leading the Way; from the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Native American Indians – Lamanites
Summary: Our Prophet, President Monson said in an Oct. 2002 General Conference, “All of us living in the world today need points of reference – even models to follow . . . .” This includes Voices from the Past Leading the Way. The Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Native American Indians function as one because their Voices from the Past Leading the Way bear witness and testify of Jesus Christ. Many of us are aware of those in the Bible and even the Book of Mormon but know much less about the inhabitants of North America. A vast amount has been hidden regarding the history of Native American Indians. In the presentation you will learn how numerous ancient Native American Indian people, the temple, their government, their ruins and petroglyphs work together to testify of where the Voices from the Past are Leading us to. Come, be enlightened and discover some of their mysteries.
Director and founder of “The Kaye Starr Singers,” Kaye Starr Heninger holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from BYU and a Resource Endorsement from WSU, and has taught the Learning Disabled and Behaviorally Disordered in the public schools.
Kaye Starr exhibits a strong passion to promote the Book of Mormon using her original music that exactly fits restored scripture. She says that her claim to fame is “collecting artists,” and “holding people together,” so that they can accomplish this great work. She feels a great sense of gratitude for all those who have shared their time and talents while she has directed well over 1,000 presentations since 1991.
Kaye Starr’s music has been heard in Israel and in most of the Western States. It has also been used in conjunction with the Priesthood and Missionary Departments in Alaska, Hawaii, in Brisbane, Australia, and Guatemala.
To date, Kaye Starr has composed or arranged well over 150 pieces. She holds the Pioneer Ambassador Award from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for her work amongst the communities during Utah’s Sesquicentennial year of 1997.
Kaye Starr and her husband, Brent E. Heninger, reside in Layton, Utah, and are blessed with a family of 12 children and a quiver full of grandchildren.
Calvin J. Hamilton was born and raised in Cedar City, Utah. He served in the Geneva Switzerland mission. Upon returning home he attended Brigham Young University where he received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in signal and image processing. This led to an interest in GIS and for the past few years he has been working with the open source geospatial mapping community. As a hobby he authored the websites solarviews.com and scienceviews.com.
Calvin developed a passion for Native American cultures as a child while hiking with his family, exploring Indian dwellings, finding petroglyphs, arrowheads and pottery. He has carried that tradition on with his own family hiking throughout the Heartland and has extensively photographed the Mound Builder's artifacts and earthworks. Calvin married Rosanna Pepperdine and they are the adoring parents of 4 beautiful children.
Title: Ancient Heartland Discoveries using LIDAR: Mapping the Ancient Inhabitants of North America
Summary: LIDAR imagery brings cutting edge technology to archaeological research. Peering beneath the brush, LIDAR uncovers the ancient Mound Builder earthworks with detail and precision. Come to this fascinating presentation and learn how LIDAR works, how it is used to reveal new aspects of known earthworks and how it has brought to light more than 1000 ancient mounds and features discovered and newly mapped in America's Heartland.
Dan graduated from the University of Utah with a Master’s of Science Degree in Business and from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s of Science.
He is the author of a book titled: Scientific Discoveries that Strengthen Faith.
Dan is the CEO of Harvest Right, LLC which designs, manufactures, and markets In-Home Freeze Dryers as well as innovative Green House and Emergency Shelter systems.
He has been the owner and CEO of many technology companies including: (1) iTera Inc. (developed and marketed disaster recovery software for large IBM computer systems – clients included Coca Cola, Campbells Soup Company, Intermountain Healthcare, Wal-Mart, SYSCO, etc. ); (2) AmeriNet (Healthcare Consulting); (3) Assist Cornerstone Technologies (developed Financial and Wholesale Distribution Software for businesses like Sinclair Oil, Maverik Country Stores, and CR England Trucking).
Ed Hendershot, has over 15 years of combined experience as an EMT-Intermediate/Firefighter, certified in BTLS (Basic Trauma Life Support), Dive Rescue Public Safety Diver, and 10 years in law enforcement. He has taught classes throughout the western United States, and has been on National Geographic channel show about survival.
We are entering the times of tribulation prophesied in the scriptures. In this presentation, we will arm with knowledge by discussing the catastrophic events most probable to occur and how they could affect you … and how to be prepared for, treat and survive injuries and trauma resulting from these events. The discussion will be based on the signs of the times; scriptural prophecy, modern prophecy and recent dreams and visions.
Ed and his wife Carol, live in Star Idaho. He is founder and CEO of Medical Vanguard, providing training and comprehensive emergency medical kits and supplies.
Here are a couple ‘recognizable’ people who have medical kits designed by Ed: Glenn and Tonya Beck, and several others at ‘the Blaze’ television network; ‘Survivorman;’ Les Stroud, Constitutional Sheriffs “CSPOA” founder; Richard Mack, Oathkeepers founder; Stewart Rhodes ‘Operation Underground Railroad’ child rescue Special Ops Jump Team.
Surviving Catastrophic Events: Medical Preparedness
This class will cover various catastrophic events most likely for the Wasatch front and the types of injuries and treatment for the most common injuries resulting from those events.
Signs in the Heavens and Earth: What is coming and how it will effect us
In this class we will talk about the prophesied catastrophic events of the Last Days and how to physically and mentally prepare for the medical aspect of the resulting injuries.
No 911? What To Do...
Be prepared to take care of you own medical emergencies
John Pugliano is the host of the Wealthsteading Podcast and the money manager/founder of Investable Wealth LLC. John has spent nearly 30 years studying and applying the habits of financially independent middle class Americans. He encourages everyone to live debt free and practice 10 simple wealth building principles. John and his wife are the parents of six and presently reside in Utah.
Title: Surviving the Currency Wars
Summary: Central bankers throughout the world are devaluating their currency in a race toward the bottom. Negative interest rates were once unthinkable, now they are reality in many developed countries. Money manager John Pugliano will explain the global currency wars and discuss exchange traded fund strategies to combat it.
Title: Live Debt Free
Summary: The consumer driven economy is designed to entrap people into a life of excessive spending and debt. Middle class wealth can only be achieved by those living dramatically below their income. Money manager John Pugliano will share with you simple principles to help you live debt free and financially independent.
LaRee teaches from where she lives- from the standpoint of the gospel she loves. She has been a faithful, active member of the LDS church for her entire life. She has been studying and living various natural medicine modalities, including the use of essential oils, herbals and homeopathy, for over 30 years. She has an extensive knowledge of plants, their family groups, and their individual medicinal qualities. Using this knowledge as a springboard, LaRee has been able to relate the specific energies of each plant and how each is utilized within its specific modality as she has compiled the information for each of her four books. Her practical, no nonsense, hands-on approach has inspired countless people to make the leap to natural healing. LaRee teaches, "To feel the living spirit and intelligence of each plant is the true foundation of alternative medicine. Just as each plant can exemplify the attributes of our loving Father, so can the plants personify some lessons about the operation of the body and the soul. The possibilities for learning are endless. To think "herbally" is to think differently; we must think as nature does - holistically. Nature emphasizes the whole, rather than the precise piece, and nature has an inherent logic and wisdom." Whether it is through essential oils, herbs or homeopathics, LaRee's insight into the natural world is precise and helpful to the novice as well as the more advanced practitioner.
Michael Robertson is the founder of Deluxe Camping. Michael is an experienced camper and scouter, having recently received the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America. The past five years, Michael has been preparing to go long-term camping. He has spent considerable time and effort learning how to make living in a tent cleaner, more comfortable, and home like. His objective, in learning about and developing camping gear, is to help his “city girl” wife, not just endure camping, but enjoy it!
Useful Camp Gear – How to Make a Tent a Home
Summary: Many of us have gone on a weekend campout, or maybe camped for a week with the scouts or the family. But camping long-term (months/years) is a whole new ball game. Learn how to make wilderness living as clean and comfortable as possible. Michael will be showing helpful camp items he has made, modified, or found that make long-term camping a venue where you will not only survive, but can thrive. Topics include: sanitation, sleeping comfort, space considerations, keeping your tent clean, and handy tools.
Sharik Peck is a physical therapist with an MRC (Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling) degree. Sharik works closely with his wife Cheryl as owners of Maximum Function Physical Therapy. Sharik and Cheryl have been privileged to develop Rezzimax TherapyTM (www.rezzimax.com) and The Headache StopperTM systems for non-medication pain relief. Along with a busy life raising 7 children, they have built several physical therapy practices and been privileged to lecture around the United States. Their passion has been to bring simple techniques to the world that can calm down pain and anxiety. Using patented technology they have experienced excellent success.
Sharik developed and patented a device that helps headaches and jaw pain disappear! The principles involved in shutting off pain will allow you to turn off addictions and strong trauma in the nervous system. Sharik will explain the neurotransmitters involved in stress and non-pharmacological calming of the nervous system. Come learn how to easily overcome many forms of pain in the nervous system at the Firm Foundation Expo!
Shawna Draper is the author of three books; My Tears Fall Inside, The Silent Cries, and Hear My Cry: Writings From My Soul in which she shares her miraculous journey from a childhood of horrific abuse to one of healing. Although she suffered from sexual and satanic ritual abuse, her story is filled with the Spirit of God as she does not share details of that horror but rather how God directed her healing. Her uplifting message blends with the mantra of “To the Rescue” as her story focuses on the wonderful Christian neighbors and friends who reached out to her and helped her to learn that it was possible for others to actually love her. Her message gives hope to victims of abuse that no matter how bleak their life may seem now, or how traumatic their past has been, it is possible to heal and find joy and happiness. Her story also gives hope to those who are trying to support people in pain.
Shawna has presented to a wide variety of different groups including business groups, high schools, healing groups, expos, luncheon groups, book clubs and church groups. She has been interviewed on Blog Talk Radio. She was also invited to be part of a panel discussion on satanic ritual abuse in Utah.
Although Shawna has both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting, she now spends her time speaking to various groups sharing her story of hope. To learn more visit her website at www.ShawnaDraper.com
Title: You are a Hero: Healing from Sexual Abuse
Summary: Many people who have suffered from abuse have feelings of hopelessness. They think they can never heal. My presentation brings hope as I share my story of God's hand in the healing process and how through His involvement, we can come out on the other side of any form of abuse and lead happy and successful lives. When hope is restored, a person can look more positively toward the future and be better prepared to face whatever comes.
Dr. Patrick Jones is a practicing veterinarian, clinical herbalist and sought-after author and lecturer. He is the founder of the HomeGrown Herbalist School of Botanical Medicine. His lecture style has been described as a cross between John Christopher and Steve Martin. When you leave his class, your brain will be full and your sides will be sore from laughing. His engaging and down-to-Earth style will leave you feeling truly excited and empowered to use these wonderful plants. Because of his veterinary credentials, Dr. Jones has had the opportunity to use herbs on all sorts of cases that would not typically be addressed by herbalists. Rattlesnake bites, gunshot wounds, serious infections and systemic illnesses of all kinds make up his daily herbal practice for man and beast. Because of the miracles he's seen over the years, Dr. Jones has an evangelical zeal to teach others about herbal medicine. His book The HomeGrown Herbalist and his school emphasize self-reliant herbalism and being plant-based rather than product-based. More info at www.HomeGrownHerbalist.net.
Becoming a HomeGrown Herbalist:
Clinical herbalist and practicing veterinarian Dr. Patrick Jones discusses how to become a self-reliant herbalist. His focus is on being plant-based rather than product-based. You'll leave this lecture feeling empowered to use plants growing in your own neighborhood to work true medical miracles. You can be an herbalist!
Medicinal Plants: The Apocalypse Apothecary:
Clinical herbalist and practicing veterinarian Dr. Patrick Jones discusses the identification and use of numerous, local medicinal plants (many of which are also important wild edibles!). Every one of these plants could easily be found within a few miles of your home. Many of them are already growing in your lawn or flower beds! After learning to identify and use these wonderful plants, you'll never look at weeds the same way again!
Herbal Wound Management:
Clinical herbalist and practicing veterinarian Dr. Patrick Jones discusses the management of wounds and infections using medicinal plants. You will be astounded at the sorts of wounds he has healed using only plants readily available in your own backyard. You'll be even more astounded to learn how easy it is for you to do it yourself should the need ever arise!
Lonnie Crockett was raised in the great state of Alaska for the first 30 years of his life. As a boy, he hunted, fished, played baseball and was very active in Boy Scouting, earning his Eagle and Silver Palm awards. He even delivered news papers by dog team. He attended BYU for two years before serving an LDS Mission in Switzerland for 2 ½ years, then returned, married his wife Pam and today enjoys his ten children and 30 grandchildren.
Lonnie moved to Utah to continue education, acquiring a BS in Accounting and a BA in Business Administration. He went on to earn a Masters Degree in Taxation and his Ph.D. in Tax Law.
"Dr. Crockett" as his students called him, has taught at Stevens Henager, Eagle Gate, Utah Career Colleges and Weber State University, teaching Accounting, English, English Composition, Business Communication, Auditing, and Pension and Estate Planning, Business Law and Individual and Corporate Taxation; and his favorite subject, American History. He has lectured extensively on the United States Constitution to many and varied groups including the Daughters of the American Revolution, schools and other respected organizations.
Today Lonnie owns and operates, with his wife Pam, an accounting, tax /business consulting and estate planning/asset protection practice which is nestled along with his home in the picturesque town of Huntsville, Utah up in Ogden Valley. He loves riding horses, skiing and our country.
He is the author of two books: Emergency Preparedness Made Easy & The United States Constitution Made Easy…To Understand.
And yes, Lonnie is a descendent of Davy Crockett’s brother, being Davy's great, great, great, great, nephew.
Title: Understanding the Constitution
Thomas Jefferson said, “Educate and inform the whole mass of the People… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” And George Washington said, “…the United States Constitution, its only keepers, the People.” So, I pose the questions, How is it even possible for the People to “keep” the Constitution inviolate, and preserve and defend it, if the People do not know or understand what it says, much less understand the original intent of the Framers? Sadly, today, our public schools and Universities pay little attention to educating our children and young adults about the foundation of America, our Constitution, making it the freest and most prosperous nation ever in the history of mankind. One would think that teaching this fact would be paramount in our educational institutions; unfortunately, this has been sorely neglected and we are suffering the effect of that ignorance today.
Similarly, if We The People are not familiar with, or do not know what the Constitution of the United States says, how are we to know when it is being violated by our President or Representatives? We cannot! This is no different than the Ten commandments; they must be known first to understood when one of them is being violated. The same goes with the Constitution, the permanent voice of the People. In this case, ignorance is an excuse. “We The People are the rightful masters of both congress and the courts – not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” Abraham Lincoln.
“Every member of the state ought diligently to read and to study the Constitution of his country…By knowing their rights, they will sooner perceive when they are violated and be the better prepared to defend and assert them.” John Jay
Tara Weaver is the mother of three boys who have grown too fast. She has spent years homeschooling, then with the onset of illness moved them to a charter school where she sat on the Board of Directors for three years before resigning to follow the inspiration to take her boys home again. During that time Tara has battled depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, heart issues and other symptoms that led her down the path to search for answers that Western Medicine could not provide. Her studies and desire to learn have led her to many wonderful people and schools of thought. Through this journey, she has learned to take her health into her own hands, using her education to overcome illness.
Over the last few years, Tara has gone from the role of student to teacher with Butterfly Express, a wonderful adventure. Today, Tara is a foot zonist, energy worker and focuses on Christ Centered Healing. She has a growing knowledge of herbs, essential oils and homeopathy. Tara has a desire to be an instrument in the Lord's hands and help others find the answers that are unique to their own health journey.
Tara resides in Hooper, Utah with her husband and best friend, Glenn, her three wonderful sons, two black labs and twelve chickens. In her spare time she is a wanna-be farmer, book worm and loves to just hang with her boys.
Essential Oils for Emergencies
This one hour class will cover how to choose essential oils for emergency preparedness. Tara will cover specific oils for specific emergency scenarios. Participants will have the ability to build their own essential oil emergency kit by the end of the class.
Homeopathy for Emergencies
This one hour class will cover how to choose homeopathies for emergency preparedness. Tara will cover specific homeopathics for emergency situations. Class participants will have the ability to build a homeopathic first aid kit by the end of class.
Ernest has 3 certificates of graduation from the Utah State University Institute of Religion, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from USU. While in school Ernest started several businesses, including one of the original Mobile Mechanic services in Utah.
After moving to San Diego, he went on to become a Field Service Representative and certified Instructor/Mechanic for the largest MRAP armored-vehicle company in the Middle East conflicts, living and working in countries such as Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq for most of the next 10 years. Simultaneously, Ernest blogged as a photo-journalist, sharing views of the Iraq War from an LDS contractor's perspective.
While living in San Diego, Ernest attended a fireside by an architect of the San Diego Temple on the symbol known as the Seal of Melchizedek. After noticing the ancient symbol in almost every country he visited, he started gathering history and research on the symbol. Now Ernest runs Seal of Melchizedek.com, and with his wife Peggy founded Seal of Melchizedek™ Jewelry & Art to celebrate and share the powerful messages of inspirational symbolism. Ernest is releasing his new book, Seal of Melchizedek: The Modern Rebirth of an Ancient Symbol.
Seal of Melchizedek: Symbol of Christ - History, Meanings, and Mysteries
An ancient symbol was suddenly used extensively in the design of a modern LDS temple. Renowned scholar Hugh Nibley identified it as the Seal of Melchizedek, a symbol so powerful it was then added to the Salt Lake City Temple. Discover how its symbolism not only reveals Christ, transcends time, religion, and culture, but may shape the very future. Learn how to discern God's messages for each of us in His language of symbolism.
Gary T. Wright’s lifelong passion has been to uncover scientific truths that confirm the scriptures and modern day revelation.
Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, Gary was named the “Outstanding Student Engineer” at the University of Utah. While subsequently working for IBM as a development engineer, he earned a Master of Science degree at the University of Colorado and was awarded US Patent 4003091.
Gary was also a lead engineer at TerraTek’s Drilling Research Laboratory and he taught Fluid Mechanics at the University of Utah. Later on, he became a Systems Engineer with IBM and then moved into executive management with various computer companies, including a Vice President assignment with Hewlett-Packard.
Gary is a published author of three historical books, including The Light of Ancient America. He is also a composer of classical music and frequently performs with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as a violinist in the Orchestra at Temple Square.
Science Proving Scripture
Summary: This enlightening session will introduce you to new, groundbreaking science that unchains mankind from mainstream science’s degrading claims that life is nothing more than an accidental, unguided, amoral, “meaningless episode.” The exciting new science covers the history of the earth from the Fall of Adam and Eve, evolution, the geologic record, and the fossil record. In 1980, Elder Bruce R. McConkie taught that evolution is a heresy, adding: “These are questions to which all of us should find answers. Every person must choose for himself what he will believe.” The session “Science Proving Scripture” will show you how to find truthful answers to the questions to which Elder McConkie referred in 1980. You won’t want to miss this fascinating session which will increase your faith in God as The Creator!
Lawrence D. Hilton, Esq. conceptualized the Specie Legal Tender Act, which was passed into law by the Utah Legislature in 2011 with important amendments adopted during the 2012 session. He founded Citizens for Sound Money in 2010, the Utah Monetary Summit in 2011, and the Utah Precious Metals Association in 2012 to promote the commercial framework necessary to implement Utah's new monetary system. Also in 2012, American Principles in Action, a Washington DC based public policy think tank, announced the addition of Mr. Hilton to its Gold is Money advisory board. He currently serves as General Counsel to the United Precious Metals Association.
Mr. Hilton holds both Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Brigham Young University. Admitted to both the Utah and California bar associations, he has practiced in the area for insurance coverage and defense as well as Constitutional law for more than a quarter century. He currently holds insurance licenses in all 50 states and is a tribunalized cover holder with Lloyd's of London.
Presentation 1: Gold & Silver Money Yesterday
Throughout recorded history, to people the world over, the word "money" has meant gold and silver coin. This presentation will explore the use of such media of exchange by ancient societies such as the Romans and the Nephites as well as by more recent world powers, including Great Britain and the United States of America. We will trace the forces which have shaped monetary policy throughout the ages with special emphasis on the history of the United States of America. Many may be surprised to learn of recent developments that has legislators and monetary policy makers looking back at the forward thinking of America's founding fathers when it comes to gold, the once and future money.
Presentation II: Gold & Silver Money Today
Today, state and federal law recognize gold and silver coin as legal tender for the payment of debts and taxes. Yet relatively few citizens take advantage of the many benefits true choice in currency has to offer. This results largely from a limited understanding of the U.S. monetary system, combined with no ready access to commercially viable gold and silver payment systems. The United Precious Metals Association ("UPMA") was established as a non-profit, cooperative, association in response to the pressing need to develop a monetarily informed citizenry and to provide them with the tools necessary to transact in real money. Since the passage of the Utah Legal Tender Act in early 2011, the UPMA has worked steadily to promote the wide circulation and use of precious metal legal tender. Today UPMA members participate in the association's Liquid Gold program which enables them to accumulate and spend gold and silver dollars in amounts as little as one cent per transaction. More and more UPMA members are "going gold" in their routine, daily purchases, making true choice in currency a viable reality for themselves and the public at large.
Farrell Pickering attended SUSC in the field of Engineering and excels in spacial skills and the logic of the building. He has combined a love of the scriptures, numbers, and science to explore fascinating relationships about the treasures left for us in the heavens, in the earth, and in His Word.
Dianne Bjarnson, otherwise known as the Traditional Midwife, has practiced as a midwife for over 30 years assisting over 1,300 births. She has a Master Degree in Midwifery and is licensed in Utah as a Direct-Entry Midwife. She founded the Midwives College of Utah and was President of the College for the first 20 years. She is currently a faculty member of the College and also sits on the College Board.
Dianne is a Master Herbalist and has been a faculty member of The School of Natural Healing, Springville, UT, The College of Herbs and Natural Healing, Great Britain, and the University of Natural Medicine, Santa Fe, NM. She has formulated many herbal formulas for www.SunstoneFormulas.com.
Eric Bjarnson is vice-president of marketing and sales and part owner of Sunstone, Inc., known as SunstoneFormulas.com (since January, 2005), an herbal formulas manufacturer in Pleasant Grove, UT. Eric has had extensive hands-on experience in nutrition and herbal remedies since childhood. In 1981, Eric earned a Ph.D. in Uralic Studies and linguistics from Indiana University. Later (2000), he also obtained an MA in counseling psychology from the University of Phoenix, and, for several years, he worked as a mental health therapist in various counseling agencies and then in his own clinic (Little Mountain Center). Eric is certified in several modalities, including NLP, cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, PSTEC, and MBTI personality typing. His experience, expertise, and chief interests are helping people heal from trauma and dissociative disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, utilizing Keirsey temperament/personality typing and various forms of meditation/hypnosis and bio-energy techniques. Among the many bio-energy therapy modalities Eric utilizes currently are EFT, Spring Forest Qi Gong, and, most recently, the Rezzimax Therapy techniques.
20 years experience in first aid and safety. One of the original creators of Shield-Safety. Helped create the newest first aid kit designs including one that is sold by Costco and the newest technology for sprains and strains. Also helped create the most advanced first aid training called Injury Treatment Training and has trained doctors, nurses, EMT’s and safety directors. Worked 15 years as a sales representative, safety trainer, and sales manager at Zee Medical. OSHA 501 certified. Has worked with BYU, University of Utah, LDS Church, Dannon Company, Western Area Power, Costco.
Jeff Midgley has over 23 years in Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services. He has worked in Hospital Emergency rooms, ambulance, motorsports safety and Fire Department. Jeff is an American Heart Association Training Center faculty member and instructor for basic life support. Jeff is one of 8 national SFI incident response instructors. He has had training articles published on spinal immobilization in the field and head trauma in the field. Jeff teaches all aspects of emergency medical preparedness including Mass Casualty disaster training and triage. He has also served as a city wide emergency preparedness coordinator. He loves teaching and helping families and businesses prepare for when disaster strikes.
Angie is a passionate truth-seeker. Her own health challenges and the needs of her two amazing adopted boys launched her search for avenues of true healing. She has overcome fibromyalgia, endometriosis, allergies, anxiety and more through holistic methods. Angie is certified in neurofeedback and energy healing, and her greatest passion is teaching others how to support and reclaim their health through food. Angie has studied and taught nutrition for 15 years, using her background in chemistry, her analytical approach, and her experience with numerous special diets to find the simple, universal patterns for healthy eating. Her Simply Divine Eating program makes it easy for others to use these principles to discover exactly what their unique body wants them to eat.
Angie loves to think, and she thrives on (very limited) quiet time where she can read and study. During the rest of the time while juggling the needs of home and family, she loves music, old movies, cooking shows, visiting the beach and wearing warm fuzzy socks.
Achieving Your Ultimate Health without Diets
We are all trying to eat healthier. However the world of nutrition is so full of contradictions that we are often left feeling overwhelmed, confused and sometimes even paralyzed as we try to figure out what to eat. But it was never intended to be that way. Truth is never complicated. After 15 years of studying nutrition and testing the application of what I learned, I have found that there are 4 lasting principles that are so far-reaching and powerful that they answer every question we encounter about food. In this class you will learn how to use these 4 principles to discover exactly what YOUR unique body needs you to eat. No diets, no debates, now or ever again!
Avoiding the “Bermuda Triangle” of Food Storage
There is no more important time to be healthy than in an emergency. A crisis is a time when stress and illness can be extreme. We need food storage that will truly strengthen and heal our bodies. Yet the way we have been taught to store food for emergencies actually leaves us more prone to disease. Come learn the 4 principles that teach you what foods to store and how to prepare them to avoid the “Bermuda Triangle.” It is so simple you will be amazed! These 4 principles will allow you to be truly prepared by eating to heal now and knowing how to use food to thrive in any situation.
Vincent Newmeyer has had a life long love of science. He attended BYU studying Engineering, and even when he was younger he often dabbled with various experiments and inventions. Vince ran his own computer consulting company, has designed and built solar power installations, and engaged in electronic technical work. Vince took an intense interest in evolutionary thought in 1998 and has studied it deeply since that time. As an amateur geologist and science buff, he has done extensive reading and researching on topics in geology, biology, physics, astronomy, and earth sciences, sharing data which fundamentally challenges a number of current popularly held views on our origins.
Title: Yes, Adam and Eve are Real!
Summary: It is said that scientific data casts grave doubt on the literal existence of Adam and Eve. Scriptures however, proclaim that Adam is the father of all men and that he is a son of God who lived just a few thousand years ago. Utah textbooks insist that human origins through common ancestors of apes, amphibians, fish, slime mold and so on began on Earth 3.6 billion years ago. Hear scientific data that counters Darwin and supports the traditional Biblical account.
Karen is an expert in personal healing in the fields of body, mind, and spirit unification. She has written two books and is continuing to write several more on the topic of healing and change through a spiritual format. Karen is a licensed Massage Therapist specializing in clinical and orthopedic massage. She is also an herbologist, and nutritional coach. Karen has developed on of the most comprehensive systems of dealing with the effects of emotional imbalance. This revolutionary system called R&R allows individuals to quickly eliminate the effects of emotional, physical and spiritual distress. Karen is full of enthusiasm and loves empowering her clients with the ability to heal themselves.
Our Covenant to BECOME Zion
Come learn how the Lord makes a covenant of protection with you individually when you become Zion (pure in heart), and more importantly how you can achieve this task quickly. Without these individual covenants God makes with us, we cannot progress into His rest and become pure in heart or enter Zion. If we’re left outside of the gates of Zion it’s because we didn’t DO our covenants and commandments we were given 182 years ago. How do we find the rest and protection of the Lord, while the world is going further and further into chaos? There is a perfect pattern to DO these things but if we don’t see the pattern we won’t do what’s required. This class talks about the first covenant of the individual to become Zion and enter the rest of the Lord and HOW to do it daily.
Utilizing Sound Therapy
In this class you will learn how you can use sound like people anciently did as a healing modality. Sound is an essential part of life; even those who are deaf are impacted by sound. Ancient cultures used sound to heal, each having their own pattern and frequencies. Sound, like light, is a wave and resonates around and through our bodies at a cellular level. Sound also carries further in water than through air, therefore because the human body is 75% water, specific sound frequencies have amazing healing properties in them.
In 2002 Jessica earned a BFA in Acting from Brigham Young University. In 2005 she decided to pursue a career behind the camera as a producer. She began her career working at Microsoft Studios in Redmond, WA. She then worked for three years at RUN Studios, a boutique animation studio in the Seattle area, as a producer working in commercial, event, and corporate graphics. Jessica returned to Utah to work for the cable station BYUtv; for two years she produced and directed various forms of broadcast content ranging from long format dramatic docu-series, talk show, short format character docs, and reality competition.
In 2011 Jessica formed her own production company, Girl with a Curl, and is constantly developing both documentary and fictional independent film and TV projects. The Heart of the Matter released in October of 2014 and is her first full-length documentary. With eight years in the industry, her roster of clients include Microsoft, Xbox, PBJS, McCann-Erickson, Biz Kid$, Superfad, BYUtv, SA Lifeline, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and GLOCK. She lives in the Atlanta area with her two sassy cats, Gigi and Prim.
Title: The Heart of the Matter Film Screening with Director Q&A
Summary: Join us in watching an extremely important film about a subject most tend to avoid – pornography addiction. This honest, hopeful, and healing documentary film gives viewers a comprehensive picture of what it means to be a Christian addicted to pornography. You will hear personal accountants from both male and female addicts, from spouses and parents, and from experts in the field. After the screening, stay for a discussion with the director of the film. Attending this session may just change your life.
We are pleased to introduce Tom Smokoff, co-founder of Water Pure Technologies, Inc. The company is based in Salt Lake City, Utah with emphasis in Chemical Engineering, Research, & Manufacturing.
Tom's primary focus has been in the development of safe, healthy and effective solutions for health and infectious diseases related to water. The Company’s mission: To create the most scientifically beneficial and advanced water treatment products in the world
Tom is a research Scientist whose focus has been in the fields of drinking water, swimming pool, hot tub sanitation and swimming pool engineering. His expertise and research have been focused towards the development of safer, long term, alternative solutions for water treatment.
Recent studies have been in the field of biofilm bacteria with an emphasis on controlling and deactivating biofilms in drinking water, stored water, hot tubs and swimming pools. 80% of all human illnesses have been attributed to Biofilm related bacteria in water.
Tim Adams likes nothing better than a good mystery. He set out to explore the iconographic images of our solar constellations and wrote the Book: "Pattern of the Heavens", a pattern that matches Old and New Testament themes. A native of upstate New York; his exploration as a young teenager of the Hill Cumorah, the Sacred Grove, and the Smith Farm had him identifying with the boy prophet Joseph Smith, and the truths of the record taken from the ground, the Book of Mormon.
His Father Roger James Adams (PHD from Penn State University) brought the concept of Typology to the church in the early 70's. With an understanding of that background Tim has found a relation between the stories of the Old Testament and the restored Gospel. His new book "Similitude's" is expected to be out by year's end. A husband to Katy Ann McArthur, and father to four boys and two girls and now lives in Beaverton Oregon.
Title: Revelation in the Heavens
Summary: Tim will be talking about how the Lion of Judah provides an anchor for star maps; and what it has to do with the upcoming 2017 Solar Eclipse. In addition we will be covering a rare star sequence at the birth of Abraham, and how it sets ancient chronology.
Shawn Terry Littlebear was born Terry Lynn Scabby in Hammon Oklahoma in 1963 to Cheyenne Indian Parents Robert and Mary Hamilton Scabby. At the age of 2 he was taken from his parents and placed into an Orphanage in Tipton, Oklahoma. Along with his siblings he stayed there until December 1976. Then he was placed into the LDS Church Indian Placement Program out of Kansas City, Missouri, where he was placed into a home in the countryside in Jackson County. Four months later he was moved to Utah. He Joined the church in 1977 and graduated from Provo High School in 1981. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1982 and received an Honorable Medical Discharge in 1983. After his service changed his name to Shawn Terry Littlebear. He moved to Oklahoma to be near his mother and attend school at the local junior college, graduating with a two year Associates Degree in Commercial Arts. He also began to be involved in his tribes culture and traditions and became one of its leaders. He has three girls and is now teaching the ways of his people. In 2009 he was taken through the Provo Temple by his foster dad and was called to serve a mission in Oklahoma. After his mission he began to gather genealogy and history and piece together the history of his people... and he continues today...
Presentation Title: Ancient Natives & Mormonism
For Centuries our Native People have awaited the fulfillment of our Prophecies and the coming of the Earth changes. Specific prophecy has come to pass with a list of more things to come to pass as of yet. Book of Mormon evidence has become a signpost of the times we live in and allows us a look into the past, and presently truth is being manifest from out of the earth. Come listen to a full blood Southern Cheyenne Medicine Man, a convert and 6th generation Church member, who is active in Oklahoma among his people and other tribes. Shawn will speak on prophecies yet to come, evidences within his family and people and how he came into the Mormon faith and was raised for seven years by a Mormon family in Provo. How and why the Cheyenne people have to do with ancient people of this land.
Clark was born and raised in the mountain valleys of the Rockies. He received an MBA degree from the University of Southern California and a BS degree from the University of Utah. He has over 30 years of experience in finance and banking, which has taken him throughout the world. He has been active in community and church service, including those serving both youth and adults for over 35 years. Clark and his sweetheart, Leah, currently live near the high mountain trails and enjoy their blended family of 10 children and three grandchildren. Clark’s greatly anticipated fifth book and capstone installment of the international award winning young adult series “Giants in the Land” trilogy is due to be released in May 2015. 'Like' his Facebook page at www.facebook/clarkrburbidge.com or visit his website at www.giantsinthelandbook.com.
Mr. Burbidges' career has taken him throughout the world and has exposed him to a wide variety of companies, industries, cultures, management styles and people. His activities have spanned the globe from China and Russia in the east to Europe and the Czech Republic in the west and from Australia in the south to Canada and Scandinavia in the north. He has raised more than $6.5 billion in capital for numerous project financing activities including independent energy, alternative fuels, cogeneration, recycling and waste to energy as well as completing another $1.4 billion in over 110 investment banking transactions with regional and local companies. His career passion has been to develop the small to medium size businesses and grow them to and through a next level strategy usually involving some kind of capital turnover or exit. He especially enjoys mentoring early stage businesses and individuals to guide them as they strive to develop their full potential.
His most recent endeavor has been writing and having published four books. Each one in its own way is designed to provide hope and encouragement, guidance and instruction to those who struggle along their respective paths in life. His active religious and community participation has afforded him the opportunity to serve both youth and adults for over 37 years. He served an LDS mission from 1975-1977 to Boston, Massachusetts. He has served throughout his adult life in various Stake and Ward callings including over 18 years with the youth and young adults.
Clark enjoys mountain and road cycling, scuba diving and believes that any activity is better when he can share it with his wife and children. His wonderful wife, Leah, and blended family of 10 children and 3 grandchildren have kept him well grounded through it all.
Title of Presentations:
How to Live with the Heart of a Giant
Presentation Give-Aways! “Live with the Heart of a Giant” T-Shirts are given away to selected presentation attendees.
Summary: At times both humorous and spiritually touching, this memorable message presented by multiple international award winning Young Adult author Clark R. Burbidge has changed lives of young and old alike throughout the country by helping them to see their potential and purpose from a uniquely different perspective. Mr. Burbidge presents six clear and straightforward steps designed for individuals, families to help them discover their greatness and understand how to become something more than they otherwise would have been. Learn what it means to become a giant and live with the heart of a giant. Learn how to inspire others to reach, to do hard things and become giants as well. Anyone can do it, “…with God, nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37) Bring your youth and young adults with you, they won’t look at their cell phones for an hour. J Yes, it can happen!
Living in the Family Blender
Summary: This inspiring presentation covers the 10 principles and practices that make the challenging task of blending together families easier. It is a critical discussion for anyone in such a situation, of course, but also has tremendous application in all family situations. Something important for everyone.
Carlin Laviolet Clarke is a Wellness Advocate, Author, Speaker, Educator, Aviator, Entrepreneur, and Autism Mom. Her research, training, and extensive travels have led her to find the most effective natural methods of health care to help manage her autistic son's difficulties, establish a health savings for him, build a strong home-based business with like-minded team members, and have fun while doing it!
Carlin is a professor of Aviation Science at Utah Valley University; Founder and Director of Sky High Careers, Aviation Career Coaching; Founder Partner of Clarke Essentials, Wellness Consulting; and Aroma Touch Technique Trainer.
Carlin's passions of Aviation Coaching, Quality Translation, Wellness Education, and Wealth Management are her favorite subjects to teach. She loves spending time with her husband, 7 kids, and 2 cats, writing, and Disneyland.
Improving Emotional Health with Essential oils
Managing Behavioral Disorders with Essential Oils
Learn how to manage day to day living and increase quality of life through easy, natural mitigation techniques for emotional health and behavior disorders.
Tamara Laing is the author of Healing Arts - A Gift from God (LDS Insight on the Light of Christ & Energy Medicine). She is a Master Rapid Eye Technician and gifted facilitator certified in several modalities. She credits God with leading her to Energy Healing to help a daughter with bipolar. She is passionate about researching how Energy Healing fits with the gospel of Jesus Christ and knows He is the source of all healing. Tamara is the mother of 5 children and 5 grandchildren. She was raised in Phoenix, AZ and now resides in Roy, UT. She enjoys being a facilitator to help people make peace with their past, release unresolved emotions and bring light to dark places. Her book and DVD are available at www.tamarasbook.blogspot.com .
Presentation Title: "Energy Healing in LDS Lingo"
Learn new insight on mental and physical health. Discover ‘what else’ there is to healing the whole person. Find out if chi & chakras are for Christians. Learn what prophets have said about a life-giving light, hands-on-healing, females, distance work and more. Understand "Whole Person Health" in order to help yourself & those you care about.
Like many wives and mothers, Cindy’s journey to a healthier lifestyle has been paved by her love for her family. As she started studying all things health, Cindy started teaching what she was learning. Studying and teaching about food and gardening naturally led to her interest in preparedness. She focuses on learning how to produce her own food and prepare her family for times of trouble.
Cindy loves teaching her “Let’s Make Sense of” series, her current favorite course is called Let’s Make Sense of Thermal Cooking. Her cookbook by the same name is at the printer and will be out soon. Cindy and her husband live in South Jordan where she has lived most of her life. They have 4 amazing children and two beautiful daughters-in-laws. Cindy owned and operated a wedding business, Elaine’s Weddings for 25 years, specializing in catering. Her latest adventure in learning was becoming certified in foot zoning.
Making Sense of Thermal Cooking
"Let’s Make Sense of Thermal Cooking". Thermal cooking, what is it really? How does it work? Would you like to know how to adapt your own recipe to any method of thermal cooking? The long awaited Let’s Make Sense of Thermal Cooking cookbook is complete and I am ready to share with you everything I have learned throughout this process. This is more than just a boiling water class. This is an “everything you didn’t know you wanted to know and more” thermal cooking class.
Personal Choices During Emergencies
"Let’s Make Sense of You: Personal Choices during Difficult Times". When difficulty or disasters strike, who are you? Who do you become? Do difficult situations bring out the best in you or does the stress and anxiety take over. Let’s make sense Cindy’s way. The class will include insight into our reactions. We will increase understanding on strengthening our core through faith.
Indoor/Outdoor Cooking Methods
“Let’s Make Sense of Indoor/Outdoor Cooking Methods”. During stress and difficulty having knowledge of how to prepare meals will help relieve stress. When preparing meals for family and friends it is important to have a variety of cooking methods and fuel sources available. This class will discuss different methods and how to integrate them into life now. For whatever your “it” may be, if you do not use “it” now, in an emergency you will not use “it” well.
Nancy Phippen Browne is a retired journalist who has worked as an investigative reporter and editor for various newspapers and magazines across the country, including the Church News. Her writing background also took her into the field of public relations and marketing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1989 from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, served a full-time mission to Colorado, and has actively served in ward and stake callings throughout her life. While this is her first book, she is also a freelance writer, with articles appearing in a variety of publications, including the Ensign and This People magazine. Browne and her husband, Raymond Browne, reside in St. George. They have seven children and 20 grandchildren.
Title: Tangible Evidence For God
Tangible evidence through science can augment a witness of the spirit to strengthen even the most fragile members who struggle to believe in God. In this lecture, we’ll explore convincing evidence of God through 1) the science of creation, 2) metaphysical phenomena such as dreams, visions, and near-death experiences, and 3) nuggets of the restored gospel in ancient writings. LDS leaders and educators weigh in right alongside scholars and scientists to help illuminate truth.
In each of us there is at least one precious gift waiting to be defined, refined and shared with the world. To find that gift, we must reach for the finest within. Knowing who you are and what you value, prepares you to uniquely handle any situation.
Emily is passionate about helping spiritually minded people understand and refine their unique gifts and use that knowledge to prepare them for the challenges they will meet. Being a wife and mother to two growing teen boys, has increased her motivation to find understanding of factors that define and make us who and what we are. Emily's studies in arts, humanities, anthropology, health, nutrition, science, energy modalities, herbs, essential oils, homeopathics, and most especially the Gospel of Jesus Christ, have allowed her to define and refine who she is, and prepared her to help people meet life’s challenges. Over the last couple decades Emily has explored different aspects of designing, refining and creating in various arenas such as design consultant, event planner, and wellness mentor.
Presentation Title: Be Real. Be You. Be Prepared.
Come learn how to identify your specific priorities so that you can simplify and maximize your capacity to be prepared in every situation. Whether you are looking to change jobs, plan for the future or prepare for a disaster, knowing what you value most can help you make the best decisions.
Each of the speakers listed below have gratiously shared of their time, talents and knowledge with FIRM Foundation events over the past few years. These are the best of the best in their fields and it is a privilege to have had them participate in our International Book of Mormon Evidence Conferences, Regional Conferences, America's Freedom Education Week and other events. We thank each and every one of them for their service and expertise, along with their willingness to share that knowledge with others.
Paul Rimmasch was born and reared in the Salt Lake Valley. He graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminalistics and a minor in Photography. Paul has spent the last fifteen years working as a Crime Scene Investigator for Weber-Metro CSI and is active in Forensic Science education and Law Enforcement training. He lives in Ogden Utah with his wife and three children and is an avid hiker and gardener.
Paul has parlayed a life long interest in Book of Mormon Archaeology and LDS Church History into his first novel, The Lost Stones. Watch the book trailer HERE.
Jonathan is a licensed civil engineer and an avid enthusiast of alternative energy sources; especially solar and wind power. He has served on the advisory board and on the board of directors as vice president for The American Civil Defense Association (TACDA), as secretary/treasurer for a local chapter of Civil Defense Volunteers, as an emergency preparedness and communications specialist, and as a city councilperson, has been tasked with developing the city emergency plan in his own community. He has co-authored numerous articles published in The Journal of Civil Defense on emergency preparedness topics with his wife. He is the co-owner of Your Family Ark, LLC, an educational and consulting business designed to assist individuals and families in preparing for an uncertain future (www.yourfamilyark.org and www.theprovidentprepper.org).
Compliments of the U. S. Air Force tours of duty (husband's), I have experienced six natural disasters/emergencies: hurricane went over our house in Charleston, SC; power plant froze for weeks in Great Falls, MT at minus 20 degrees; tornado went through our village in Minderlittgen, Germany, destroying a fairy-tale forest but not hitting homes; experienced the first earthquake in 300 yrs. in our area of Germany; experienced in one day 2 volcanoes in Anchorage bay erupting and dropping 18 inches of ash all over which confined us to quarters for two weeks; 7.6 earthquake (7.9 epicenter in Denali) and 2 weeks of aftershocks; 13 feet of snowfall in Logan, UT and no way to get out of house for 2 weeks.
After the 7.6 earthquake in Alaska, I decided I had to find ways to prepare for whatever was following me and my family. I started gathering brochures and buying small items that would get us through a "shelter-in" situation after a natural disaster/emergency. Almost all of the items I show during my presentation are under $20. I don't sell the items, I just let people know where to buy them.
I have presented to Emergency Preparedness Expo last year and have presented to Fruit Heights City Council, Honeyville Farms in Brigham City and Salt Lake City, UT, to church groups/stake preparedness fairs, and groups of friends and families. I do this for free because God gave me the experience for free so I just pass it along for the benefit of others.
Nathan Osmond is, according to his blog, "Donny & Marie's favorite nephew!" He is the son of music legend Alan Osmond and his lovely wife Suzanne, their second oldest of 8 boys! Nathan is a Country Music Singer and recently released his debut Country single, "SWEET" which is working its way up the charts. He grew up on the set of the Donny & Marie show and he and his brothers, The Osmonds 2nd Generation have toured the globe singing in many languages. They've had 3 songs in the top 40 in the UK. Nathan took two years out of his career to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Chile, Santiago North Mission. Upon returning, he toured for two years on the North American Tour of the hit musical, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and was cast as Charlie Brown in the National Tour of "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown." He was also cast as President Gordon B. Hinckley's mission companion in the film, "Gordon B. Hinckley - A Giant Among Men." He is happily married and the proud father of three incredible little boys.
Dr. Kyle Christensen is a practicing chiropractic physician, naturopathic physician and master herbalist. He is author of Herbal First Aid and Health Care: Medicine for a New Millennium (published by Lotus Press, 2000).
Dr. Christensen is a strong advocate of “preparing every needful thing” and believes that by putting health care back into the hands of “the grandmas and grandpas”, we can avoid many of the catastrophic health issues that plague our society.
Kimberly Smith and son Bryan Davis from Nauvoo, Illinois share their amazing conversion story and baptism into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and perform moving and uplifting original music inspired by their ancestor's lives.
Kimberly, as an adult, visited the Osmond Family Theater in Branson, Missouri where she met Merrill Osmond. Merrill invited her to take the missionary discussions at his home. Kimberly had no knowledge of her great-great-grandfather, Joseph Smith Jr.'s history or accomplishments before meeting with Merrill, and she gained her testimony of the restoration of the gospel, and the granduer of her renowned ancestor, in the same way as all must do who seek after truth. Shortly thereafter Merrill Osmond baptized Kimberly into the Church.
Kimberly is the great-great-granddaughter of the Prophet Joseph Smith and Emma Smith. Her son Bryan Davis is the great-great-great-grandson to Joseph and Emma.
Alan Rudd began his career as a Tax Attorney with State Farm Insurance. He later became U.S. Operations Legal Counsel to Prime Computer, a $1.2B NYSE Company headquartered in Boston. He then returned to Utah in 1986 to join Novell’s newly formed in-house Legal Department. In 1997 Rudd was appointed President and CEO of Vinca Corporation which provided data mirroring and protection products to the Fortune 2000 companies. In 1999 he was named Entrepreneur of the year by Ernst & Young for his leadership at Vinca.
In 2000 he co-founded Arkona, Inc, a public company and provider of turnkey technology products and services for the retail automotive marketplace. In 2004, he was again recognized by Ernst & Young and the Microsoft Corporation as Entrepreneur of the year for his adaption of technology to the needs of business.
Alan is a founder and currently is President of the Beit Lehi Foundation which is conducting archaeological studies of several very important ancient sites in Israel with strong possible correlations to the Book of Mormon prophet, Lehi. He, along with Elder Hartman Rector Jr. and Dr. Glenn Kimber have spearheaded these efforts which has caught the attention of the Israeli Department of Antiquities.
Lawrence Cerenzie has been involved in high tech Research & Development since he was a young boy in Louisiana with his father managing NASA’s Stennis Space Flight Center Materials and Chemistry Lab during NASA’s “glory days” in the late 1960’s – arguably the most modern lab in the world at that time. Since the beginning of his chemical engineering career in 1974 with ARCO Oil & Gas and ARCO Alaska, Mr. Cerenzie has been involved with many different disciplines and industries centering on the production and use of energy. These projects range from breakthrough combustion engineering research for improved engine designs to military “signature reduction projects” to evaluating large scale alternative energy projects of various types to overseeing the design & startup of some of the largest Oil & Gas projects in the United States and around the world. This broad range of experience has exposed him to the positive impacts of “world class” project development on economic growth and jobs; to the negative impact of regulatory issues and the current competitive restraints faced by Made in USA product manufacturers.
Since 1986, Larry has served as President and co-founder of FSC Coatings, Inc and Cerenzie Engineering Consulting. FSC has specialized in developing “Coatings Engineered For Ultimate Performance” for military, commercial, marine and residential applications.
He and his wife Cyndi have three children, two of which are in college.
Mr. Mangelson is a nationally recognized speaker and has spent over 30 years traveling across America lecturing to thousands of attendees at scores of conventions, conferences and seminars across the country with rave reviews.
During years of extensive travel throughout America Mr. Mangelson has become a true patriot. He has seen this country in a way that most Americans have never seen it and is unabashed in declaring that America is the greatest country in the history of the world. However, he proclaims that one of the most challenging threats facing America today is the loss of our freedoms. He is bold in raising the alarm that the Constitution of the United States of America is under siege like never before. Mr. Mangelson is now dedicating his time, talents and career to training and enlightening audiences everywhere on how to protect and save our constitution and America’s future. Watch one of his presentations HERE.
Presentation Title: Independence Forever
Outline: 1) What is (was) America's formula to success and how did the Founding Fathers arrive at the ingredients to that formula?
2) What happened to cause the problems we are having today? Did America slip away from the Founder's formula or did the Founders just not understand our present day issues?
3) What can Americans do to heal our country and restore America's greatness?
Scott Bradley is the owner of Scott Bradley and Associates, an educational telecommunications consulting organization. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science from Westminster College and a Masters of Public Administration from Brigham Young University.
Scott is Founder and Chairman of The Constitutional Commemoration Foundation, Inc., a non-profit educational organization which seeks to foster increased understanding of the United States Constitution “in the tradition of the Founding Fathers,” and also encourages a return to the original intent of proper government as understood and practiced at the time of America’s founding.
Scott is a former Executive Board member of the Trapper Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America and a former Board member of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Utah Chapter. Scott is married and has five children and five grandchildren.
America's Freedom Education Week presentation title: The Founding of the United States and the Restoration of the Gospel
Joel Skousen is publisher of the World Affairs Brief--a weekly internet news analysis service. He is a political scientist, by training, specializing in foreign policy, as well as the philosophy of law and US Constitutional theory. His main area of research focuses on helping his readers understand the hidden globalist agenda behind US foreign and domestic policy. He has developed a working theory to explain the West’s conflicting policies of both supporting and attacking, at different times and places, seemingly contradictory positions on terrorism, Communist-backed revolutions, drugs, money laundering, and organized crime. His unique point of view is widely quoted each week on Internet news sites and chat rooms. Website: www.worldaffairsbrief.com
Mr. Skousen possesses a broad background in various disciplines which allows him to analyze geopolitical issues from personal experience. He is a former Marine officer and fighter pilot and is intimately familiar with security and defense issues. From 1983-84 he served as the Chairman of the Conservative National Committee in Washington DC, a coalition of conservative organizations opposed to political compromise that undermines US sovereignty and security. He knows how the political process works and the dangers it presents to the preservation of liberty. While in Washington he also served as the Executive Editor of Conservative Digest where he developed numerous sources around the world that feed him primary information that rarely is seen in established media sources. Mr. Skousen travels widely and reads multiple foreign languages--enabling him to access a wide range of foreign reports.
America's Freedom Education Week presentation title and outline:
Title: Why the Constitution is Essentially Dead and How to Fix It
Outline: The top political and legal Powers That Be [PTB] in the country routinely disregard the constitution whenever they deem it necessary and the courts refuse to hold them accountable to it. Constitutional oaths are a form of lip service paid to the founding document in order to deceive the public into thinking it is still in force, but the core essence of the limitations on government are already gone. The PTB have long learned that as long as they let conservatives have religious freedom and move about relatively unimpeded, they will still think they are "free" no matter how much more the noose of tyranny tightens on the few who object and resist. The Fix is not as simple as going back to the original, which they have ample experience in interpreting away and subverting.
Sharon Moran holds a degree in nutrition from Utah State University. She started with Butterfly Express in 2002 as an aroma therapist, working closely with essential oils and their individual frequencies.
Sharon is also a Cranio-Sacral therapist, Foot Zonist and a Master Gardener in the state of Idaho. Along with the study of essential oils, Sharon has also extensively studied herbs and her first love; homeopathy. With this knowledge as a foundation, she works to improve the quality of life of individuals through the use of natural and alternative methods.
Sharon currently consults with Butterfly Expressions teaching webinars on line, as well as, teaching oil classes across the country, promulgating the beneficial effects of alternative health. She works with LaRee in research and development of new products for Butterfly Express. She is currently researching and compiling new homeopathics for the new revision of the book, Butterfly Miracles with Homeopathic Remedies.
For over 50 years, the Osmond name has been synonymous with world class entertainment. Alan Osmond, the oldest founding member of the Osmond Brothers Quartet, initially led the charge as elder statesman and spokesman for the talented siblings. Remarkably, he was eight years old at the family's first performance! With each local performance, the Osmonds contributed to a groundswell of love and support that would soon spread around the globe. With the addition of Donny, brother, and Marie, sister, the Osmonds became an unmatched, worldwide sensation.
The Osmonds have been honored with over 33 gold and platinum records. A gifted writer, Alan is credited with co-penning many of their most recognizable hits. With a unique combination of charm, talent and charisma, the family has perfected a wholesome entertainment style that is all their own. From Japan to England to Los Angeles - the Osmonds are the first family of entertainment.
JC Bollers is a researcher and geographer of Guyanese Heritage. He was raised in Alabama, served a mission in Brazil and earned his degree at Brigham young University. He currently resides in Utah where he podcasts, lectures on the "lost" tribes of Israel and does remote PC support. His dream is to travel around the globe meeting and documenting relations with our relatives in the house of Israel.
STEPHEN J SPYKERMAN, is of Jewish parentage and was born in Holland under Nazi occupation. He has spent most of his life in the U.K., whilst retaining his Dutch nationality. He is a dynamic speaker who has authored seven books including: “CHRISTIANS & JEWS – THE TWO FACES OF ISRAEL,” – “THE COVENANT OF DEATH – [ISAIAH 28:15] – An Urgent Warning for our Time!.” His U.S. edition of; “WHO ARE YOU, AMERICA? – Time to Lift your Prophetic Veil!” was launched at the Covenant America Conference on September 13, 2013.
He considers himself to be; “A watchman on Mount Ephraim, whose calling is to call the Tribes of Israel to return to Zion,” as per Jeremiah 31:6. He is a Member of the Temple Institute, and an executive associate of Kol Ha Tor, which are both based in Jerusalem, Israel. His sensational and highly politically incorrect “COVENANT OF DEATH” book was launched on the 4th of July at the ‘Man in the Moon’ Conference at Salt Lake City, Utah, where Stephen featured as a key-note speaker.
After a successful career in finance and business he founded and operated an International Speakers Bureau in London, after which he founded Mount Ephraim Publishing. Mr. Spykerman now dedicates his time to research, writing, and speaking. Stephen is a consummate communicator and has addressed audiences and conferences across Europe, Israel and North America.
Chief Charles L. Rogers, M.D. has been a Cherokee Medicine Person for over forty years, beginning in 1970. He graduated from Grace University School of Medicine with an M.D. degree in 1987 and has achieved many medical accolades in the area of natural and herbal treatments as well as allopathic oncology training.
He is founder and owner of the Homeopathic Medication Laboratory and has been in homeopathic private practice for many years. He founded the non-profit Rehabilitation Center for U.S. Veterans with Chronic Alcoholism and had a private practice in alternative oncology in Matamoros, Mexico. He built a private oncology clinic in Acapulco, Mexico and later opened another clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. In 2011 he opened The Rogers Cancer Institute in Brownsville/Matamoros, Mexico. His website is www.doctorofhope.com. He is an Anikutani Priest of The Ancient Cherokee Church of the One God, Yohewaah.
Rick Osmon was selected for the United States Air Force Academy right out of high school. He later attended Vincennes University and earned an Associates of Science in Laser and Electro-Optics Technology. He worked for defense contractors a number of years and then took a job with the US Navy as a civilian with an engineering support field activity, specializing in radar, night vision, and laser equipment for surveillance and munitions guidance Most of this work was in direct support of Special Operations forces equipment acquisitions. In that capacity, Rick also became familiar with video-teleconferencing technology.
During all those years, Rick was also reading everything he could find about the unusual; history, archeology, paleontology, geography, cartography, cryptozoology, and cryptography.
After leaving government employment in 2004, Rick began his hunt for hidden knowledge full time. He also began blogging, researching, and writing, and, in early 2007, started an internet radio show entitled “The Oopa Loopa Cafe”. In 2008, he began pestering his long time research buddy, Dennis Crenshaw, to start another internet show about the various mysteries.
Now Rick is becoming well known on the conference circuit and is writing more than blogs. His first book, The Graves of the Golden Bear; Ancient Monuments and Fortresses of the Ohio Valley was released in October of 2011.
Kerri Guthrie has always felt a connection with art expression. Her mother encouraged all 10 siblings to improve their talents by practicing and taking lessons. Kerri has won several ribbons in different art competitions throughout her life. Her passion is to share God's messages of love.
Kerri is the mother of four wonderful children and attributes her success to her loving husband Dr. Dan Guthrie. He always encourages and supports her. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve her family, church and community. For in doing service, that is where true happiness is found.
Author Anita Meyer was born in Augsburg Bavaria Germany on an American Army base. She graduated from Maine East High School in Park Ridge Illinois and holds a degree in Criminology. Off the beaten path, Anita is a religious procurement specialist who thoroughly engages in finding strong evidences for God’s existence. She currently resides in Kenosha Wisconsin, is married and has two children. She has written books to bridge the gap between both science and religion and to share God’s truth with the world.
Achievements - Author Anita Meyer has done author shows, book signings, as well as many famous places such as the Sci Fi Café, Barnes & Noble and many other book stores and local places. She has also participated in radio shows and written articles for Ancient America magazine, which made front cover news.
Bruce H. Porter earned degrees in Ancient Near Eastern Studies with an emphasis in Semitic languages, scripture, the History of Religion and Anthropology.
Bruce conducted extensive research for the Religious Studies Center, on the Pearl of Great Price and the Book of Abraham. He has done research in the major museums and libraries of Europe, and the United States. He has also presented and co-authored a number of papers for related professional journals and books.
Bruce co-authored the book which outlines the scriptural basis for the Heartland Model Research, 'Prophecies and Promises,' with Rod Meldrum. Brother Porter contends in his recently released book 'An Everlasting Decree; Ensuring a Title to Liberty for The Promised Land' that: The Book of Mormon contains the fulness of the gospel, is a record of a fallen people, and also reviews the 'deed restriction' that continue to exist upon the Promised Land; a very important message to all those who have and will inhabit the land of Lehi in the Latter-days.
Now living in Arizona, Brother Porter has lived in Utah, Israel, and California while working for CES (Church Education System). He also served a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in England. Now semi-retired he teaches adult religion classes for BYU Continuing Education, and continues his passion of scriptural research and has served in many capacities within the church. He and his wife Margie, are the parents of 10 children and grandparents of 12.
Ron says art is a form of communication. "When we speak, we are by our words creating mental images for others to see. With art, whether it is in the form of music; dance; drama or painting, we are communicating with others. It can be an enjoyable experience."
Ron is a native of California and grew up in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. He spent every chance he could, out in nature, hunting; fishing; camping and exploring with his dad who taught him how to survive in the wild. Ron is a descendant of the famed Pocahontas and John Rolfe.
Art has always been a part of his life, sketching and painting ever since he can remember. It was his favorite subject in school and his major in college. He enjoys painting people the most, then landscape, wildlife, etc. Early on, he sold his paintings direct and then through the very best western art galleries in Alaska; Arizona; California; Connecticut; Hawaii; Texas; Utah and Wyoming. One example of Ron's ability to capture the right mood in his work happened in Utah. While there, Robert Redford's buyer contacted Ron and requested some paintings. Mr. Redford wanted landscapes without people in them. Ron produced three or four paintings....one without people and the others with a lone Indian or mountain man. Mr. Redford purchased the ones with the figures in them, indicating, “he related to the people in the paintings." Mr. Redford's buyer purchased the pure landscape.
Ron and his beautiful wife Vanda currently live in Southern Utah. The beauty of the red rock country is enough to inspire any artist to greater heights. Together they have 15 children.
Hartman Rector, Jr. (born August 20, 1924) was one of the first converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) to become a general authority of the church during the second half of the 20th century. He served as a member of the First Council of the Seventy from 1968 to 1976 and as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy from 1976 to 1994. He was born in Moberly, Randolph County, Missouri and joined the United States Navy in 1943. He married Constance (Connie) Kirk Daniel and while serving in the Navy became converted to the Church and was baptized February 24, 1952 in Japan. He spent a total of 26 years as a navy pilot.
In 1968, Elder Rector was called as a member of the Church's First Council of the Seventy. From February to March 1969, he served as the president of the Italian Mission of the church. Beginning in 1971, Elder Rector was the first president of the Alabama–Florida (later the Florida Tallahassee) Mission of the church. He became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1976. In the late 1970s, he served as president of the church's San Diego Mission. In 1994, he was made an emeritus general authority and released from his full-time ecclesiastical duties.
Testimony from No More Strangers
I am a witness before God that he lives and he hears and answers prayers, for he has heard and answered mine. I bear testimony that Jesus is the Christ, and that he lives; that he has re-established his true Church upon the earth in modern times through the Prophet Joseph Smith—great, great prophet that he was; and that the true Church of Jesus Christ is upon the earth today, presided over by a living prophet who has been chosen by the Lord for this particular purpose. These things I do not merely believe; I know with that sure witness which can come only from the Holy Ghost, through which all gospel truths can be known.
Dr. Steven Jones was a full Professor of Physics at Brigham Young University where he served for over 21 years before his early retirement in 2007 at age 57. He conducted doctoral research at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and received his Ph.D. in Physics from Vanderbilt University in 1978. He received his B.S. degree in Physics from Brigham Young University in 1973, where he held a David O. McKay Presidential Scholarship. His research interests include studies in archaeometry, cold fusion and freedom energy. He has published papers in Nature, Scientific American and Physical Review Letters. He taught an advanced class on Archaeometry (Physics 513R) and published, “Archaeometry Applied to Olmec Iron-ore Beads,” BYU Studies 37, no. 4 (Oct. 1998), pp. 128-142.
The horse-bone dating project fits very well into Dr. Jones’ long-range plans for research in archaeometry. However, his peer-reviewed papers and experiments challenging the official 9/11 story (google “Dr BYU”) proved controversial and he was offered early retirement. He is now challenging paradigms with his Equus work and research on alternative energy ("freedom energy").
London born superstar singer/songwriter Alex Boye' tells the story of his early life and how he became a Mormon in this touching video. Rod Meldrum first met Alex at one of his first firesides many years ago and was inspired by his passion, testimony, and amazing vocal talent. More recently, Rod learned that Alex is a fan of the Heartland Book of Mormon research. After a conversation over lunch regarding the promises and covenants of the Lord with America, Alex decided to incorporate those ideals into his latest music video which became the title of his new album "Calling America." Read the Lyrics HERE. The video includes Native American dancers, a stone with the word "Liberty" being passed from person to person, as well as a warning from the "Harbinger" by Jonathan Cahn. It is all set to an incredibly powerful new patriotic song that brings all American's together and calls them to remember the greatness of this nation we call the United States of America.
Alex has been entertaining audiences worldwide for over 16 years and has had hits in over 15 countries, selling over half a million CD's and performing alongside such groups as Bryan Adams, George Michael, Simon Garfunkel, MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, N'SYNC, Jay-Z, The Backstreet Boys, Jordyn Sparks, David Archuleta, and The smashing Pumpkins to name a few. He recently joined with the Utah Valley University LDS Institute Choir in a visually and audibly stunning video called "I Will Rise." He was asked by world renown pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson (ThePianoGuys) to help them with a new arrangement of Coldplay's hit "Paradise" they called "Peponi" and was shot in Southern Utah on the precipice of a massive sandstone cliff. This must-watch video is approaching 9 million viewings on youtube!
He served as an LDS missionary in Bristol, England and at the suggestion of his mission president chose a career in music so that he could influence and inspire people for good. In February of 2012 Alex became a United States citizen where he was asked to sing the National Anthem for the first time as an officially recognized citizen. Watch his impromptu a cappella rendition HERE. He hosted the 2012 Stadium of Fire event on the 4th of July in Provo, Utah which was broadcast around the world to armed forces. He is a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, performed with Glenn Beck in Israel (read the story of how Alex was chosen to close Beck's program) and brought Glenn Beck to tears when Alex sang an unconventional Christmas song of Christ. He recently opened Glenn Beck's Restoring Love event in Dallas Texas where he sang an incredibly energizing rendition of the National Anthem to the awaiting crowd!
Alex "loves to laugh" and his energy and enthusiasm for the gospel and his citizenship in his new country are contagious! Some of the highlights of his life include giving a book of Mormon to Prince Charles, joining the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and marrying his beautiful wife Julie. He has recorded two solo songs on the Tabernacle Choir CD "Come Thou Fount" which has garnered rave reviews and reached #1 in the Billboard Classical Charts.
Vicki Bean Topliff grew up in Burbank, CA, with her parents, two brothers and a sister. After graduating from Burbank High School in 1961, she attended BYU and later married Ed Topliff and settled in Huntington Beach, CA, where they raised seven children. When they became empty nesters in 1996, Vicki and Ed moved to Orem, UT, where they have very much enjoyed the clear blue skies and the Rocky Mountains – and even the occasional snow.
Vicki has always been particularly attached to her paternal grandparents, Willard and Rebecca Bean, who were called on a mission in 1915 to serve in Palmyra, NY, a place of tremendous prejudice toward the Church. In an effort to preserve their stories of faith and heart-warming (as well as heart-wrenching) missionary experiences, she compiled a book entitled Willard Bean, the Fighting Parson so that her children would never forget their honorable heritage. She was surprised and delighted that even those outside the family found Willard to be just as powerful a preacher and just as remarkable a man as she did.
Finding Utah to be replete with additional information, letters, newspaper clippings, etc., about Willard, Vicki compiled a more extensive 2-volume work on her grandfather which included the very detailed autobiography which he had typed, one finger and one peck at a time, on a very ancient manual typewriter. Other books published by Vicki have included the life story of her father, Alvin Pliny Bean, and her great-grandfather’s life story, George Washington Bean, His Three Wives and 30 Children. She says she loves having that “Bean blood running through my veins.”
Seven wonderful children became part of the family tree between 1966 and 1977, and now 25 grandchildren have also been welcomed aboard. She is happy to admit that there is simply nothing more satisfying and just plain fun than being in the midst of family. Vicki returned to her heavenly family August 3rd, 2014 after a long bout with cancer. She is dearly missed.
Jon McNaughton is an established artist from Utah whose new paintings have attracted the international attention of millions over the last few years. Highly detailed religious and patriotic subjects are the focus of his paintings. The artist’s experiences and faith are the inspiration for his work.
“I have traveled to many places around the world to know my subjects, but when I work on a painting with many figures I will usually pose models and photograph them and then paint them as I see them in my mind. I choose to paint from the heart and evoke my personal vision into each painting.”
I prefer to paint pictures that I believe have relevance to what is going on in the world, that make a statement, that stand for something. I hope people will study the paintings and try to understand the deeper meaning. Some of the themes are controversial, but I feel strongly about what is happening in our world today.
There are three kinds of people who view my paintings: Those who like it, those who hate it, and those who simply don’t understand. I am especially interested in this last category. I hope my work will create conversation and reach people on a deeper level. I like to use metaphor and multiple levels of meaning to reach my viewer. If it makes them think and feel, then it is successful.”
Earl Taylor, Jr. has taught The Making of America Constitutional Study course to thousands of people over the past twenty years throughout the nation. He has developed other study courses for a wide range of participants, from high school students to state legislators.
Mr. Taylor graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in corporate finance. He built a real estate and development business over a period of eighteen years in Arizona. In 1978, he attended a series of lectures by Dr. W. Cleon Skousen on the subject of the Constitution in the tradition of our Founding Fathers. Mr. Taylor eventually chose to work closely with Dr. Skousen and has had the privilege of being privately tutored by him over a period of 20 years. He was asked to serve as President of the National Center for Constitutional Studies in 1995, an organization founded by Dr. Skousen in 1971 as the Freemen Institute. The purpose of the NCCS is to teach Americans the exciting message of the Founding Fathers – where they got their great ideas and how they put them all together into a Constitution for the establishment of the first free people in modern times.
In his desire to begin to train young people in this most important area, Mr. Taylor established one of the first charter high schools in Arizona, Heritage Academy, where he has developed a special curriculum for the teaching of hundreds of students the exciting message of the Founding Fathers. Mr. Taylor and his wife Ruth are the parents of ten children and reside in Mesa, Arizona.
Donald N. Yates (also published as Donald Panther-Yates) was born in 1950 in Cedartown, Georgia and is of one-quarter American Indian descent. His first book was The Bear Went over the Mountain, a genealogy and social history of the Yates family of Virginia. Around 2000 he found out his parents and ancestors belonged to the Melungeons, an Appalachian ethnic group in which a lot of interest has built since N. Brent Kennedy's publication Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People (1996). With Elizabeth Caldwell Hirschman he has co-authored When Scotland Was Jewish (2007) and Jews and Muslims in British Colonial America: A Genealogical History.
His latest book is Old World Roots of the Cherokee: How DNA, Ancient Alphabets and Religion Explain the Origins of America's Largest Indian Nation (released, September 2012). He also publishes a series called Cherokee Chapbooks aimed at making essential texts and traditional American Indian storytelling accessible to those rediscovering their Native roots. He lives in Phoenix.
Kieth Merrill is a writer, producer and director of motion pictures. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Director’s Guild of America. He is a two-time Oscar Nominee and winner of an Academy Award for his film, The Great American Cowboy. His films have received numerous festival honors and other awards including an Emmy nomination. Most members of the Church are familiar with Kieth's work—if not his name—because of the First Presidency Project Films he created for the Legacy Theater on Temple Square in Salt Lake City titled LEGACY and THE TESTAMENTS. He also directed Mr. Krueger's Christmas, a church classic familiar to many. Kieth confesses that "there is no such thing as retirement for moviemakers" and he remains active in creating motion pictures. He is the chief creative officer and co-founder of Audience Alliance Motion Picture Studios, a film company dedicated to the production of highly entertaining films in all genre's that embrace virtues and values.
Chris Stewart served fourteen years as a pilot in the United States Air Force. On June 3, 1995, he led a flight of two B-1s on a nonstop flight around the world, setting three world-speed records in the process, including the fastest non-stop flight around the world. For this achievement he was awarded the MacKay trophy by the International Aeronautical Association for the "most significant aerial achievement of the year." (The MacKay trophy is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.)
Chris is a national best-selling author whose books have been published in six different countries. He has appeared multiple times on national television and radio, is a sought after public speaker and has been a guest editorialist for the Detroit Free Press, among other publications, commenting on matters of national security and military affairs. In 2012 Chris successfully ran for the United States House of Representatives for the 2nd District of Utah, winning with 62% of the vote.
Chris and his wife Evie are the parents of six children. He considers being a father the most important and enjoyable job in the world.
Chris Stewart's America's Freedom Education Week presentation title and summary:
TITLE: Seven Miracles That Saved America. Why They Matter and Why We Should Have Hope.
OUTLINE: “When the odds were stacked against us – and there have been many times when the great experiment we call America could have and should have failed – did God intervene to save us?” This question is the foundation for national bestselling authors Chris and Ted Stewart’s most recent book. In this presentation, Chris will explore some of the historical miracles that saved this nation, then answer the most important questions: Do they matter any longer? Do we still have reason for hope? And are we still, as Abraham Lincoln called us, the “last best hope of earth.”
Dr. Robert L. Fuller was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1948 and received a degree in Medical Biology from the University of Utah in 1972, going on to complete his D.D.S. at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in1975. He married Colleen Oyler of San Francisco, California in 1974 and is the father of six grown children.
His dental practice brought many special recognitions and elected positions. He served as the Western Regional Coordinator of the American Association of Dental Schools, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Salt Lake District Dental Society, received the “Outstanding Young Men of America” award in 1978, and envisioned, built and developed the fabulous Zermatt Resort and Conference Center. He has affiliations with the Utah State Board of Realtors, Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce, Sons of the Utah Pioneers the Brigham Young University Legacy Cougar Club.
Dr. Fuller took his family to the LDS Historic sites and pre-historic antiquities of North America, which reveals dramatic and documented civilizations which coincide with Book of Mormon history, archaeology, architecture and sociology. He has experienced first-hand the mighty ruins of ancient North America and has studied intensively this culture that has so many correlations with the Book of Mormon.
David L. Buckner is the President of Bottom Line Training and Consulting Inc. which specializes in executive and management development. For over 20 years Mr. Buckner has been a keynote speaker, author, and featured trainer at business conferences and conventions throughout the world. Mr. Buckner provides economic analysis for the Fox Business Network and is a frequent guest on Fox’s The Glenn Beck Program. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor at Teachers College – Columbia University where he teaches courses in economics and business.
David Buckner was a professional ski instructor for six years at Deer Valley Ski Resort and was a faculty member at Brigham Young University. A certified emergency medical technician (EMT), David enjoys scuba diving and mountain biking as well as traveling and attending Broadway theater productions. He particularly enjoys working with and speaking to youth groups.
David Buckner's America's Freedom Education Week presentation title and outline:
Title: Permission to Think
Outline: “David has a way of breaking things down into the language of common sense. He was the first academic to list my lack of formal university “training” as a positive because he knows that we must be taught how to think, but not what to think. Our personal and national survival depends on thinking outside of the box and writing outside the lines. David Buckner does both.” Glenn Beck
With Permission to Think, author David L. Buckner helps us recognize that carelessly relying on precedent to justify irrational behavior removes the very gift we have all been given… the ability to THINK. In his new book, Buckner analyzes the neglected principles that have led us to our current economic crisis, while providing key insights on how to reestablish the critical economic fundamentals needed to find our footing in the world again. Now more than ever, you not only have “permission” to think, but a mandate to do so!
Franklin Keel is the current Director of the Eastern Region for the Bureau of Indian Affairs serving over 25 tribes comprising about 65,000 Native Americans. He is a licensed attorney and has worked in management at every level of the bureau during his career of 33 years. He was a Foreign Service officer for the Dept of State in Athens, Greece at the American Embassy, as a Federal Senior Executive which is the highest rank in the career civil service. His ancestry is of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Native American tribes of the eastern woodlands. Franklin is a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of 36 years and lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Kathie, three sons and one daughter.
Paul B. Skousen is former CIA intelligence officer, and worked for President Reagan at the White House. He is a professional journalist and communications specialist and has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines around the country. He has also published two world record books, a bathroom reader, and is currently editing the unpublished political works of his father, W. Cleon Skousen.
Paul was on the staff of Senator Orrin Hatch, has been an interview guest on FOX News, and was featured on Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story” about his role in smuggling Oliver North’s shredded secrets out of the White House. He was educated at Georgetown University and BYU. Paul and Kathy are the parents of 10 children and live in Alpine, Utah.
Andy Biggs is a member of the Arizona State House of Representatives representing the Southeast part of the Phoenix Metro area. He was first elected in November of 2002. He is the Chairman of the House Transportation committee and the vice-chairman of the Appropriations committee. He has been repeatedly recognized for his efforts to reduce the size and scope of government. He wrote the Biggs Amendment which facilitated the passage of HB1070 (illegal immigration) in the Arizona Legislature in 2010. He has served as a policy advisor for United Families International and additional organizations. In those capacities he worked on behalf of pro-life, pro-family causes at international institutions
He has a BA in Asian Studies, minor in Japanese from Brigham Young University. His JD is from the University of Arizona College of Law. He has an MA from Arizona State University in International Relations, and has done additional post-graduate work.
Andy has served as a Scout leader and as a girl’s fastpitch softball coach. With his wife he is a co-founder of The American Founder’s Library, a research library focusing on documents pertinent to the American founding.
Andy is an Arizona native. He and his wife Cindy have six children and three grandchildren and make Gilbert, AZ their home.
This is Andy’s America's Freedom Education Week presentation title and outline.
Title: "How We Lost the Constitution, and If We Can Get It Back"—
Outline: Andy will examine the various ways that the Constitution has been attacked and also discuss whether we can return to our constitution's roots and meaning. Is total collapse of American constitutional government imminent? If so, what can be done about it. Can we prevent a total destruction of the American constitution?
Scott Swain is a family man. He and his wife, Leann, have seven children, one dog and two cats. Scott has been self-employed for many years. He owned a mortgage company and a title company. For the past ten years his full-time work has been to promote an educational approach to patriotism as was exemplified by our founding fathers.
While Scott owned the mortgage company, he had a powerful feeling that he wanted to display images of American history that would add a feeling of patriotism to his office. Acquiring the images were harder than he ever imagined as it took him nearly four years to obtain framable images of our founding documents and pictures depicting America’s founding. After that experience he vowed to make them more accessible to the public at some time in the future. That was over 15 years ago. Since that time he has founded several companies to help spread information and inspiration to Americans concerning our Founding Fathers, our fundamental documents, and the necessity of freedom.
Today the images have grown to a gallery, and the educational programs and products are well underway to educating and inspiring the children of America. The products include the Freedom Gallery, freedom bowls, a full curriculum and simulated experiences. Today there is a great dearth in understanding who we are as Americans and what we represent to the world. Very few of us have the same quality of patriotism that existed just a few generations ago. We must know more and do more to protect our hard-earned freedoms against aggressors. In its own way, Roots of Freedom hopes to do this.
America's Freedom Education Week presentation title and outline:
Title: Milestones of Freedom
Imagine being an immigrant at Ellis Island. You are determined and willing to commit to all of the citizenship commitments needed to become a True American! Imagine passing a ten-question citizenship test and then raising your arm to the square and taking the oath of citizenship! Imagine signing your citizenship papers, which are then notarized by Ellis Island Officials and receiving your citizenship certificate as a "True American" as evidence of your commitment! This is the experience you will have as you participate in this presentation!
Clovis Karam has a Doctorate in Philosophy of Religions from the Catholic University of Lyon France, and another Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Lyon III France. Currently Dr. C. Karam is a full-time faculty member in the rank of Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Humanities at Notre Dame University (NDU) Lebanon.
According to the Bulletin of the Catholic University of Lyon, Dr. C. Karam is one of the few scholars that have demonstrated extensive knowledge and research in the fields of Phoenician Mythology and Religion. Dr. C. Karam is the co-founder of the (IPRC) International Phoenician Research Center based in Research Triangle, North Carolina, USA sponsored by (WLCU) World Lebanese Cultural Union. Dr . C. Karam is the Liaison-Coordinator between IPRC & NDU and the IPRC Dean of Research for Lebanon and the Middle East. Also he is a member of the GETT- Program conducting research in Global Sociology and Anthropology with El Camino College, CA, USA, along with San Ignacio De Loyola University, Peru, and Dnepropetrovsk University, Ukraine, and Regianemento University of Monterey in Mexico. Dr. Karam shares his study of the ancient Phoenician civilization on website at Phoenicia.org.
James (Jim) E. Vieira is a stonemason, writer, researcher and member of the Northeast Antiquities Research Association. Jim writes for the Shelburne Falls Independent and is a frequent contributor to Ancient American Magazine. A description of Jim's research would be- An exploration into the mysteries of Ancient America. Historical detective work reveals mystery, intrigue and cover-ups that tell a vastly different story of our past. Thousands of reports of Giant skeletons fill the historical literature. They are claimed to be hoaxes, incorrect measurement due to disarticulation or misidentified Mammoth bones. See the shocking truth that has been actively covered-up by institutions such as the Smithsonian.
Watch one of Jim's earlier presentations online HERE.
Hans Ancersen is the son of LDS General Authority H. Verlan Andersen who wrote many books upholding and sustaining the Constitution and good governance. His fathers book, The Book of Mormon and the Constitution, is a masterpeice of insights into the importance of the founding of this nation and adherance to its founding documents. Hans graduated in accounting with a minor in economics from BYU in 1970 and has been operating his own accounting practise since 1972. In 1981 and 1982 he served as the foreman of a federal grand jury in Salt Lake which indicted the Federal Reserve for violation of US Currency Laws. He is also a radio talk show host on KSRR radio in Orem, Utah weekly which he has done for over three years. He has been a Constitutional volunteer lecturer at youth summer camps for the past 15 years.
Title: The Book of Mormon and the Constitution
Summary: The Founding Fathers Challenges in creating our Constitution and our challenges to keep our Constitution. The political philosophy of the Gadianton Robbers and today’s socialists. 16 prophets have rejected socialism/redistribution of wealth.
Sharon Slater has dedicated the past ten years of her life to defending marriage, family and life. Whether in a remote village in Africa, addressing 1.5 million people at a pro-marriage rally in Spain, or opposing challenges to family values in the United States, Canada or at the United Nations, Sharon is an internationally recognized leader in the effort to protect and promote the family and family values at the international, national and local level.
In 1999, Sharon co-founded Family Watch International (FWI), a nonprofit organization in consultative status with the United Nations, and she currently serves as its president. Among other activities, Sharon writes a biweekly column for The Family Watch a free e-newsletter with readers in over 160 countries around the world.
Sharon holds a Bachelors degree in Family Sciences. Before becoming involved in family issues, Sharon was a certified interpreter for the deaf and an instructor of American Sign Language at the university level. She is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
America's Freedom Education Week presentation title and outline:
Title: The International and National Threats to our Families and our Fundamental Freedoms
Outline: Questions that will be answered during this presentation:
Can our current form of government survive if the institution of the family fails or is drastically altered?
Does the morality of a nation’s people determine the degree to which a nation’s people are free?
Can our Constitution adequately govern a nation of immoral people?
Where same-sex marriage has been legalized, what has happened to religious freedom and parental rights?
How does what happens at the United Nations impact our laws and our families?
What can we do to protect our families?
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch proudly shows everyone who visits him a painting of his great-grandfather, Jeremiah Hatch, entering Utah's Uintah Basin on horseback. Jeremiah founded what is now Vernal in 1878, and left a great legacy.
Hatch has carried the torch of his great-grandfather’s frontiersman spirit all his life, from his working-class upbringing in Pittsburgh to a successful Utah law practice, and eventually to representing the Beehive State in Washington.
Hatch reached his full height of 6’2” his junior year of high school. His height gave him considerable advantage on his school’s basketball team – but he weighed only 118 pounds. Despite his scrawny build, Hatch became a scrappy boxer and came to pack a jarring punch for a youngster his size. Hatch balanced his athletic pursuits with scholarly discipline and a passion for music. He learned to play the piano, organ, and violin. While in high school, Hatch was elected to the student Senate, and later as student body president.
As a young man, Hatch learned the value of hard work as a metal lather and a card-carrying member of the AFL-CIO. As a student, he struggled to provide for a growing family as a janitor, lather, and all-night desk attendant in a dormitory. He earned a bachelor’s in history from Brigham Young University and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
In 1954, Hatch served a mission for his church to the Great Lakes . After returning, he married Elaine Hansen of Newton, Utah , on August 28, 1957. The two had met in an astronomy class at BYU thanks to an alphabetical seating chart. The two have six children and a growing brood of grand- and great-grandchildren, sometimes called “Hatchlings.”
Hatch is a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where he serves on the subcommittees on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure and Taxation and IRS Oversight. Hatch is also on the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, as well as the Joint Committee on Taxation. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Born and raised on the Lac Courte Oreilles Indian reservation that is located in Northern Wisconsin. She lived her teenage years in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area. She attended Weber State College and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College. She married Derwin Lewis and they are the parents of 13 children. Of these 13 children, 10 are adopted, and all are Indian children from Wisconsin Native American tribes.
Becky shares the incredible story of the coming together of such a diverse family. She tells of incredible experiences growing up in the north woods of Wisconsin during the 50’s and 60’s on the reservation, living in a tar paper shack with no plumbing, electricity and only wood for heating. Becky shares her unique conversion story of the Book of Mormon along with some traditional Indian teachings that correspond amazingly to the Book of Mormon. She and her husband, returned to the reservation where they raised most of their children and during that 13 year tenure Becky served in many positions in her tribe, including serving on the Tribal Governing Board and in the office of Vice-Chair for the tribe.
Becky & Derwin now live in Liberty, UT with their two youngest daughters; Autumn Rose and Starr Mamie Lewis.
Title: Constitutionally Speaking - One Ojibwe Woman's Experience
Summary: Becky Lewis, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Indian Woman, former Vice Chair of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe Indians, speaks of her experiences as she served as one of the first women elected to the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Indian Reservation Tribal Governing Board, dealing with Ojibwe Indian Treaty Rights and being catapulted into mainstream US American politics during the 80's and 90's.
Douglas E. Brinley is a retired professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Utah State University and a Ph.D. from BYU. The author or coauthor of 10 books, including Between Husband and Wife: Gospel Perspectives on Marital Intimacy, he is also a popular speaker at BYU Education Week. He has served as the president of the Texas Dallas Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he and his wife, Geri, are the parents of six children.
Douglas speaks of his newly released book, America in Peril; Ten Stages in the Destruction of a Promised Land. There have been 4 civilizations that have inhabited this land from its creation. The first three were destroyed by the Lord because of their wickedness. They all began well, only to disintegrate and violate covenants with Deity. His presentation follows their rise and demise through ten stages so that those of us now living on this land can see what Mormon and Moroni, who saw our day, felt we needed to know in order to avoid the same fate. What Latter-day Saints can do to prevent the same ending as the former civilizations will become clear.
Mary Ellen Wood was born in Ogden, Utah and raised in Clearfield, Utah. She was a natural born leader and held many positions in student government. In 1952 Mary Ellen married Stanley Millard Smoot. They have seven children and fostered five children. Family History is Mary Ellen’s passion. Every 24th of July she and her sisters organize the Wood Family Reunion. This reunion is very elaborate with guest speakers, dances, competitions, parades and of course, family histories made available to family.
In 1975 Mary Ellen co-authored, The City In-Between, a history of Centerville, with Marilyn Sheriff. She also organized the Centerville Historical Society. In 1983, Mary Ellen accompanied her husband to Ohio, where her husband presided over the Ohio Columbus Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-Day Saints, and later the Ohio Akron Mission. The Smoots later served as the head of Church hosting for VIPs that visited Temple Square and LDS Church headquarters in Salt Lake City. They hosted many world leaders, including Mikhail Gorbachav and Lady Margaret Thatcher.
From 1997 to 2002 Mary Ellen served as the thirteenth General President of the Relief Society of the LDS Church. In 1998 Mary Ellen went to Rome to help plan World Congress of Families held in Geneva, Switzerland in 1999. She spoke at the Congress on “Suggestions to Strengthen Families” and received a standing ovation. She and her husband currently serve on the advisory board of the West Ridge Academy.
Jerome Horowitz was raised in the Jewish faith in New York City. He learned about the restored gospel while serving in the US Army during World War II. After a year of serious study and prayer, he became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. With his acceptance of the gospel he reoriented his thinking about freedom and the Constitution to conform to his new understanding of eternal realities. He started practicing law in 1947 and retired in 2003.
Jerome (Jerry) Horowitz has done much writing and speaking about the Constitution including writing The Elders of Israel and the Constitution mentioned favorably by Ezra Taft Benson in his April 1972 General Conference address. He is also the author of The United States Has Two Constitutions pointing out the difference between the Framers’ Constitution and the Supreme Court’s constitution, and The Constitution of the Founding Fathers that examines all the provisions of the Constitution and the Amendments from a gospel perspective.
America's Freedom Education Week presentation title and outline:
Title: Forgotten Fundamentals of the Constitution
Outline: Today many people misunderstand the Constitution because they focus on its specific technical provisions without understanding the philosophy and intention behind those provisions. Yet it is that philosophy and intention that illuminate the true meaning of the detailed provisions of the Constitution.
In this talk entitled “Forgotten Fundamentals of the Constitution” Mr. Horowitz discussed the great principles underlying the detailed technical provisions of the Constitution. Understanding those principles makes the Constitution a living document, not by reinterpreting it to fit modern times but by understanding the timeless realities of human nature underlying its detailed provisions.
Dr. Horowitz had been fighting a progressive disease for many years at the time he presented this talk during the Freedom Education Week event. At the end of his presentation Dr. Horowitz became very weak and was helped from the podium and stage. He regained strength to return home but he had truly given his all to share his message. As it turned out, this was the last public speaking engagement of Dr. Horowitz' esteemed life. He passed away Aug. 31st 2012 (Read Obituary HERE.) after a heroic 43 year struggle with leukemia. He is dearly missed.
Glenn J. Kimber was born and raised in northern Utah. He attended Weber State College and married Julianne Skousen, a daughter of W. Cleon Skousen, before serving in the Air Force. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University in 1971 and joined Dr. Skousen in establishing the Freemen Institute, which was organized for the purpose of teaching American History and Constitutional studies. He continued his education, receiving two Doctorate degrees, one in Constitutional studies in 1992 from Coral Ridge Baptist University , and the second from George Wythe College, after consulted on their initial curriculum. Dr. Kimber is an American author and educator. He founded Kimber Academy, a network of private schools called the Benjamin Franklin Academies, and is a prominent figure among U.S. homeschooling families.
Dr. Kimber is past president of the National Center for Constitutional Studies (NCCS), a conservative constitutionalist institution. He joined William H. Doughty in building the Institute for Constitutional Education after it broke from the NCCS. He was also a board member at Doughty's Meadeau View Institute in the early 1990s. Dr. Kimber and his wife have authored over 100 textbooks and guides which emphasize the U.S. Constitution, America's Founding Fathers, and moral and religious values in all five core subjects. He was instrumental in developing a program for television called "The Miracle of America," which was presented in numerous states. Currently Dr. Kimber is the president of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Constitutional Studies, and conducts seminars throughout the United States called "The Healing of America."
Through local newspapers Lincoln read extensively of the Mormon persecutions in Missouri and then, as a young Illinois State Legislator watched with interest as some 6,000 homeless Mormons entered his state for Nauvoo. Learn about the Mormons he knew and see how his political views were nearly identical to Joseph Smith’s, as were Lincoln’s doctrinal beliefs. Lincoln joined no Protestant church because he believed they misinterpreted the Bible.
Brother Andersen holds a master’s of education degree in guidance and counseling. He has conducted extensive research on the admirable life and character traits of Abraham Lincoln along with his perceptions of and contacts with the early Mormon Church and Joseph Smith. He is the founder of the Lincoln Leadership Society. He works for the LDS Church and serves on the Young Men General Board. He is a member of the Foundation for the National Archives and the Abraham Lincoln Association.
Brother Andersen is the author of Abraham Lincoln- God’s Humble Instrument. (Released 2009). His book brings to life Lincoln’s principled character and faith. He is a member of the Foundation for the National Archives, The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of Utah, the Abraham Lincoln Association, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. Having given hundreds of presentations to groups, large and small, Mr. Andersen will intrigue audiences with a mirthful and inspiring presentation from the Lincoln Leadership Society Lecture Series called: We Can Learn A Lot From Lincoln. Lecture Syllabus
Cal Nez, Navajo, Tachiinii Clan born for the Tanaszanii Clan originally from Tocito New Mexico. He was raised by Grandparents, of the late Bitonie and Mary B. Nez from infancy. He only spoke Navajo until he entered Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding School operated in nearby Sanostee, New Mexico. Cal takes pride in being a Navajo person bridging the gap between cultures. He gives special thanks to the support of his loving wife, Yolanda.
Cal Nez believes he is an artist first. All of Cal's art is original art work. He believes if one looks closely at his work you will begin to touch his soul and understand what he means by cross-cultural communication. In 1973, Cal left his homeland and traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah with the approval of his grandparents and graduated from South High School where he studied fine arts and graphic design.
Jaden Bliss wrote her first song when she was in the fifth grade titled “I Can Be A Hero.” Since then she has co-written many patriotic songs to pay tribute to our Veterans and all of our brave men and women who protect our freedoms. At the age of twelve she began selling herself produced CD door to door to raise money for the children of fallen soldiers. She raised $1,520 and donated 100% of those proceeds to the “Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund” and the “National Freedom Alliance”. Her song “God Bless Our Soldiers Tonight” first aired on the Bob Lonsberry Show and has touched many lives including our soldiers overseas. Jaden has sent over 350 copies of her CD to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, including 100 last Christmas. She continues to donate her time to local charities benefiting Military families.
With the help of “Mike’s Guardian Eagle Foundation” Jaden has had the opportunity to perform at numerous military events and present her patriotic program to children at elementary schools across the Country. She was also a recipient of the prestigious “Freedom Award” at the 2008 Freedom Festival; the first time they have ever given the award to someone so young.
Jaden recently returned home from her second trip to Washington DC where she performed at the Pentagon for “Rolling Thunder” as well as in the National Parade. She was also invited to take part in a wreath laying ceremony and place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Three years ago Jaden signed a publishing and distribution deal for her CD “God Bless Our Soldiers” with Cedar Fort Publishing. Her newest CD, “I Want To Thank You” includes 11 of Jaden’s original patriotic songs, with arrangements by award winning musicians/composers Ron Saltmarsh, Michael Dowdle and Robert Allen Elliott. It is available at local LDS book stores as well as Jaden’s web site www.blessoursoldiers.com
Bill Norton has been volunteering with the National Center for Constitutional Studies, or NCCS, for 8 years updating educational material related to the Constitution. He has been a presenter for the organization for 3 years.
He was briefly mentored by Dr. W. Cleon Skousen, founder of NCCS, and Earl Taylor JR., the current president of NCCS.
He is the chairman of the Arizona State Constitutional Commemoration Committee and the founder of Constitution Week USA, the largest celebration on the Constitution in the nation.
He is a recipient of the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.
Bill has owned a contracting company in Arizona for 21 years and currently resides in Gilbert, Arizona with his wife Ingra and four small children.
Bill Norton’s America's Freedom Education Week presentation title and outline:
Title: Principles of Liberty, the 28 principles that changed the world.
Outline: Discover the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Founding Fathers which they said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desire peace, prosperity, and freedom. These beliefs have made possible more progress in 200 years than was made previously in over 5,000 years. Also included is a special expanded presentation on principles 7 & 14 relating to delegated powers, property, and the redistribution of wealth. This positive, exciting message will give you a lasting understanding of the Principles of Liberty. The seminar will follow The 5000 Year Leap text written by author and master teacher Dr. W. Cleon Skousen.
Fritz Zimmerman is an unaffiliated scholar who has spent 13 years in both academic pursuits and field work in search of the origins of the conical burial mounds and sun temples, known as henges that are found across Europe and North America. Over 10,000 State and County histories in North America and the British Isles were poured through to collect the largest number of giant human skeletons in print. Independent studies of Numerology, Sacred Geometry, Ancient Symbolism, Etymology, Anthropology, Archaeology has resulted in one of the great historical finds of our age.
Jared Law is a pro-liberty researcher, writer, organizer, and activist, whose fight to help restore America's Constitutional Republic is relatively young, compared to many of the speakers at this week-long event. Jared Law has studied the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the founding documents of this nation, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America, and other original sources, and has read dozens of books on politics, history, and ideology. Mr. Law was raised in a very conservative home, and learned the laws of nature and of nature's God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Principles of Freedom which are enshrined in the Constitution in his youth.
Mr. Law is the Utah State Volunteer Coordinator for Glenn Beck's 9.12 Project, and the founder of The 9.12 Project Network, a private social network for those who agree with the Nine Principles & 12 Values of The 9.12 Project.
When Glenn Beck began talking about how "We Surround Them" on January 27th, 2009, during the second hour of his talk radio show, in response to a phone call from Ed of New Haven, CT, Mr. Law knew he had to do more than simply comment on news stories on Facebook. By the time that a month had passed, Jared had already built, and had started recruiting members for a social network he had created and dedicated to whatever it was that Glenn Beck was going to do. When Glenn Beck disclosed The 9.12 Project name to insiders listening to him during a commercial break on his talk radio show, the morning of Friday the 13th of March, 2009, Jared had already invested over 300 hours recruiting well over 3,000 members to The 9.12 Project Network. He immediately purchased the current domain name, 'the912project.us,' and renamed the network from 'We Surround Them USA' to 'The 9.12 Project Network." Since that time, Jared's social network has experienced growth of well over 1,200%, and will surpass 40,000 members nationwide during America's Freedom Education Week. Jared has organized what we believe to be the largest political rally of Principled Patriots in Utah history, with over 3,500 9.12'ers attending his 9/12/2009 rally at the Utah State Capitol.
Title: The Covenant of Freedom
Summary: A sacred covenant exists between God & the inhabitants of the United States of America. In multiple ancient civilizations, those who failed to honor the covenant were annihilated from off the face of the Earth. Jared will discuss the covenant, including quotes from prophets and other notable individuals, applying it to American history through the present day. Americans must know that if we wish to remain free, we MUST honor the Covenant of Freedom!
A sacred covenant exists between God & the inhabitants of the United States of America. In multiple ancient civilizations, those who failed to honor the covenant were annihilated from off the face of the Earth. Jared will discuss the covenant, including quotes from prophets and other notable individuals, applying it to American history through the present day. Americans must know that if we wish to remain free, we MUST honor the Covenant of Freedom!
Part II: Applying the Covenant of Freedom to Our Day: Our Patriotic Duties and Applied Constitutionalism
In addition to honoring the Covenant of Freedom in a spiritual sense, in addition to learning about it in a historical sense, we must also honor it in a practical, immediate sense if we wish to survive as a nation. 'God helps those who help themselves.' We know we can't just be good people; we must be informed, involved citizens armed with principles AND knowledge. Jared offers a practical guide for restoring America, from education to elections and activism. If we do our part, honor ourselves and God, then ask for His help, we can restore America!
Howard Ruff has been a fixture in the financial-advice world for 34 years. His book
How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years, published in 1977, is still the world champion. It is the biggest-selling financial book in history with over 2.6 million copies sold and was on the top of the New York Times best-seller list for two years in both hard cover and paperback. His newsletter, The Ruff Times, has had over 600,000 subscribers and counting.
Howard released his latest book How to Prosper in the Age of Obamanomics in April, 2010. He’s a maverick who often strays from the usual Wall-Street crowd resulting in tremendous success. Howard is giving the first 500 people to register for America's Freedom Education Week a FREE copy this powerful new book!
Howard has been a charming and engaging fixture on every major talk show, including Oprah, Good Morning America, the Today Show, Regis and Kathy Lee, Donahue, NightLine, Wall Street Week, Crossfire, and others – often multiple times.
Howard lives with his wife (Kay) in Utah. They have fourteen children (five were adopted), eighteen foster children, seventy-six grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren. You can learn more on his website, www.rufftimes.com.
America's Freedom Education Week presentation title and outline:
Title: Galloping Socialism Destroying the Constitution and your Pocketbook
Outline: The dictionary defines socialism as government owning or controlling the means of production. That is exactly what is happening in America today. There is no example in history of galloping socialism not causing galloping inflation. Not only is this administration moving in the direction of controlling various industries, but they are also creating the conditions for a perfect storm of run-away hyperinflation.
Government has seized control of the automobile industry, the banking industry, Wall Street and 1/6 of the American economy with Obamacare. They have also been creating paper money at the greatest rate in history. I never thought we would be thinking in terms of trillions.
Your pocketbook will be destroyed if you invest in most traditional investments -- especially those recommended by traditional conservative financial advisers. Those who survive financially will be the maverick investors who stray away from the herd off the beaten path because the herd will be turned into hamburger.
I will list investment categories that are cinch losers and the maverick investment categories that will help you preserve your assets and protect your family.
The Fab Five from NBC’s "America's Got Talent" are power tap dancers from a dairy farm in Morgan, Utah where life consisted of raising wheat, cows, and family. From these Utah roots came five fabulous sisters who could accomplish daily dairy chores in the morning and dance like wildfire at dusk. Nearly three decades of dancing has brought tours, trophies, husbands, and kids. The Whitear sisters are impressing audiences across America not only because of their fancy footwork, but because the sisters — better known as the "Fab Five" — are all Mormon wives and mothers with 17 children collectively.
The Whitear sisters who billed themselves as the Fab Five made it to the 2009 finals of NBC's "America's Got Talent" and will be performing throughout our Friday July 9th fundraising event. Shaundalee Morgan, who lives in Burley, Idaho, said "We've all been dancing since we were kids. Veva the youngest has been dancing since she could walk and I've been dancing since I was eight."
The Fab Five sisters' lives have been filled with smiles and tears: their father lost his farm to economic hardships, a child with severe cerebral palsy, and another child with kidney disease, but through it all, family and dancing were there. The Fab Five, made up of Veva Ahlstrom (age 24), Cambria Gibson (age 28), Ayrion Myers (age 31), Shaundalee Morgan (age 33) and LaChere Vawdrey (age 35), are forever family strong. Click HERE to watch their "America's Got Talent" week 8 performance!
Gregg Hardy founded the Colonial Heritage Foundation that displayed prominently in the Freedom Festival, Provo, Utah. He is a 'ringer' for Benjamin Franklin when he dawns his old style regalia along with his wife and son and caused folks to take double and triple takes! He is a true patriot as well.
Jason is a Utah Valley artist who specializes in traditional, figurative sculpture. As a missionary for the LDS church in Paris, France, he was able to observe and appreciate the vast tradition of classical art. Upon return, he learned the fundamentals of casting while working at a bronze foundry. As an apprentice to renowned sculptor, Kraig Varner, he learned the foundation of figurative sculpture. He observed and incorporated creativity and imagination while working for local artist, James Christensen. Jason returned to France to continue his education under internationally famed sculptor, Martine Vaugel. On his own, Jason has undertaken many public and private commissions including two pieces for the Atlanta and Salt Lake Olympics as well as various public monuments for groups and private business. He is currently the lead sculptor at Luna Bronze, LLC in Heber City where his work can be seen locally. As a member of the LDS Church, he has a strong testimony and the deep desire to portray scenes from the Book of Mormon.
Jason speaks, as an LDS artist, about the challenge of portraying Book of Mormon scenes in sculpture. He unveiled his recently created bas-relief depicting Joseph Smith's discovery of Zelph titled “Visions of the past” at the FIRM Foundations Book of Mormon Prophecies Conference, Oct. 2009. He utilized church history, private journal accounts, as well as archaeological facts surrounding the Zelph accounts before making this masterpiece. Always busy creating, he also talks about future art commissions related to the Book of Mormon.
John Yves Bizimana was born in Kigali, Rwanda, and lived there until the Rwandan genocide in 1994. He then moved with his family to Harare, Zimbabwe, where he lived for eight years before relocating to Brussels, Belgium. Because of his Rwandan, Zimbabwean, and Belgian heritage, he considers himself a citizen of the world.
John resides in Provo, Utah, where he attended Brigham Young University, graduating with a degree in economics in August 2010. He enjoys performing African cultural dances, songs, and traditions with his friends in Voice of Africa, a Utah Valley performing group. He enjoys playing all kinds of sport – especially basketball – and learning about other cultures and languages.
"I was but 10 years old when I first heard of America and its glorious legends. I could not believe my eyes when I read the story of a poor boy born in a log cabin who rose to become one of America's greatest presidents. I heard about the American dream. I heard that a man could come to this country with nothing but the shirt on his back, but with toil, ascend to the status of a millionaire and live out the dreams he could never achieve in his native homeland. From that early age my biggest dream became to one day come to America and pursue this legend. 10 years later, I finally got my chance to come and I did, only I was wearing my heart on my sleeve about my love for this country and the opportunities it offered - opportunities I had not experienced yet.
There is so much that is wrong with America but the good is overwhelming. The American dream is still alive ladies and gentleman, for those who are willing to toil. The opportunities that exist in no other country sit waiting to be ceased. In times of great trial, heroes have heeded the call of duty and prevailed against all odds. This is the story of America. It is my hope that when your day comes to bear testimony of this great country, be it in word or action, you will find yourself ready and willing to rise to the occasion and soar into the heavens of greatness. I love this country, and God bless America."
John will be speaking at America's Freedom Education Week. A summary of his presentation is below.
Many parts of the world only dream of the freedoms Americans enjoy. A summary of John's perceptions of America having lived in other different and interesting places such as Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Belgium, France, Switzerland and a few more.
Vicki Jo Anderson has dedicated over 10 years of her life researching the great eminent men and women who appeared to Wilford Woodruff in 1877 in the St. George, Utah temple. Vicki graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. degree in Sociology then went on to earn a M.A. degree in History form Coral Ridge Baptist University (George Wythe Campus). She was awarded four grants from BYU to assist in the research project. She is a former home schooler, past president of Arizona Charter School Association and owner of Zichron Historical Research Institute. Prior to her marriage to Steve Anderson and subsequent eight children she served a mission in Paraguay/Uruguay. She has lectured extensively throughout the Southwestern United States.