The Roots We Need

September 11-12, 2020

Alpine Church – Layton, UT

Our purpose is to provide hope and wisdom for people leaving Mormonism to explore a new faith home in historic, biblical Christianity. Through speakers, workshops, exhibitors, and individual interactions, you will receive helpful resources and meet others on a similar journey.



The cost to register is $30 per person, which includes lunch on Saturday.
A limited number of spots are available for $15 each for event volunteers.
You are welcome at both the North and South events, but you must register for each separately.








Alpine Church
254 W 2675 N, Layton, UT 84041

Schedule—Friday, September 11

6:00 PM:  Doors open + Registration
6:30 PM:  General Session 1
     Voices on the Journey: A Panel Conversation
     Ross Anderson: Hope for the Journey
8:30 PM:  Exhibitors + Relational time
9:30 PM:  Doors Close

Schedule—Saturday, September 12

8:00 AM:  Doors Open + Registration
8:30 AM:  Exhibitors + Relational time
9:00 AM:  Welcome + Instructions
9:30 AM:  Breakout Session 1  (See topics below)
10:30 AM:  Breakout Session 2  (See topics below)
11:30 AM:  Break
12:00 PM:  Breakout Session 3  (See topics below)
1:00 PM:  Lunch
2:00 AM:  General Session 2
     Nick Winder: A Fresh Perspective on the Bible
3:00 PM:  Exhibitors + Relational time
4:00 PM:  Doors Close


Friday, September 11th

Voices on the Journey: A Panel Conversation
Several former Latter-day Saints at different stages of their journey will
discuss their challenges and progress in finding a new faith home.

Hope for the Journey
Ross Anderson will offer encouragement for everyone wrestling with
the journey from Mormonism to a new kind of faith in Jesus.

Saturday, September 12th

A Fresh Perspective on the Bible
Nick Winder will share what he learned about the Bible in the
course of his passage out of Mormonism – and why it matters.


Saturday, September 12th

Each workshop will be offered three time on Saturday, at 9:30, 10:30, and 12:00.
You will be able to attend three of the four.

Purpose, Call, and the Meaning of it All: Discovering Answers to Life’s Big Questions (Lea Ann Asbury)
What gives life meaning and purpose? Learn how the Bible answers that question
compared to what we understood when we were Latter-day Saints.

Looking Back to Look Forward (Steve Winn)
Acknowledging your past spiritual, mental and emotional development helps you see what you have been through and where you are going now as your faith journey unfolds in new directions.

Making Sense of Temples (Mary Jane Badger)
Explore the rich spiritual significance of the biblical temple, especially in
contrast to what we were taught about temples in the LDS church.

How to Help Former Latter-day Saints Grow in Christ (Ross Anderson)
Someone helped you navigate the challenges of your faith transition. Learn some
helpful tools that make it possible for anyone to help someone else on the path.

Speakers and Workshop Leaders

Lea Ann Asbury – Originally from Utah’s Dixie, Lee Ann spent a decade reporting for KUTV News, gaining a deeper appreciation for Utah’s people. A convert to Christianity in her 20s, she loves to engage believers and skeptics in faith discussions, encouraging them to seek truth wherever it leads.

Nick Winder – Nick was raised in Orem, UT from the age of nine until he left home to attend college. Shortly thereafter, he transitioned out of the LDS church but was not saved by God’s grace until his mid-twenties. Nick now serves on the pastoral staff at Grace Church in Layton, UT. 

Mary Jane Badger – One of nine children, Mary Jane graduated from the University of Utah, completed an LDS mission and was married in the temple. Coming to Christ In 2009, she has served as a missionary to international students and has a heart to reach Latter-day Saints for Jesus.

Steve Winn – Raised in an active LDS home, Steve completed a mission and served in many church callings. After a faith crisis, he became an atheist for many years, until new spiritual questions arose leading Steve to begin a new life in Christ. He has a special love for LDS people who have been hurt.

Ross Anderson – Author of Understanding Your Mormon Neighbor, Jesus Without Joseph: Following Christ After Leaving Mormonism, and other titles, Ross grew up LDS. He is director of Utah Advance Ministries, founder of Faith After Mormonism and a Teaching Pastor at Alpine Church.

Important Details

How we do this event will depend on the current COVID-19 restrictions in place in September. We will be flexible and ready to make responsible adjustments as needed, for example, using a social distancing approach or even a webinar format.

Child care is not provided for this event. Older children are invited to attend with a paid ticket.

The ticket price includes lunch on Saturday. We are not able to accommodate special dietary needs at lunch; please plan accordingly.

If you register as a volunteer, you will be assigned to help with practical duties as part of a team on the days of the Conference.

Conference Video

We plan to record the sessions and post them shortly after the conference is over.
Check back here for a link to watch the videos.

The Faith After Mormonism Conference is sponsored and directed by Utah Advance Ministries.