The Roots We Need
September 25-26, 2020
CenterPoint Church – Orem, 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.
1550 Sandhill Rd, Orem, UT 84058
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
Scott McKinney: A Meeting with Jesus
3:00 PM: Exhibitors + Relational time
4:00 PM: Doors Close
Friday, September 25th
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 26th
A Meeting with Jesus
Scott McKinney will reflect with us on what Jesus would say to a person who no longer finds community in her religious culture, but who is searching for answers to her deepest needs.
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.
Gaining Wisdom and Avoiding Bear Traps (Fred Anson)
A faith transition is tricky, but you don’t have to make the same mistakes as others have made
before you. Learn some insightful principles that will make your journey much easier.
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
Scott McKinney – The pastor of our host church, Scott has led CenterPoint Church since 1989. During that time, CenterPoint has pioneered what it means to be a church that understands and is welcoming to people coming from a Latter-day Saint background.
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.
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.
Fred Anson – Editor of the Beggar’s Bread website, a rich collection of articles on Christianity often featuring Mormon studies, Fred is also administrator of several internet discussion groups, including Facebook Support Groups Ex-Mormon Christians and Ex-Mormon Christians Manhood Quorum.
Ross Anderson – Author of Understanding Your Mormon Neighbor, Jesus Without Joseph: Following Christ After Leaving Mormonism, and other titles. Ross also grew up LDS. He is director of Utah Advance Ministries, founder of Faith After Mormonism and a Teaching Pastor at Alpine Church.
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.
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.