October 14-15

The Salt Mine Productive Workspace

7984 S 1300th E Sandy, UT

Who Should Attend

This event is for people leaving Mormonism who want to explore a new faith home in traditional, biblical Christianity. It provides encouragement and insight to help on the journey of transition. Through speakers, workshops and individual interactions, will receive helpful resources and meet others on a similar path.

The conference also provides wisdom and practical resources for those who help transitioning Latter-day Saints, such as pastors, small group leaders, campus ministers, counselors, etc.

Registration

The cost to register is $25 per person, which includes lunch on Saturday. A limited number of spots are available at $15 each for event volunteers. There will be no walk-up registration.

Step 1: Register for the event here.
Step 2: Scroll down for information about location, schedule, speakers and topics.

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Salt Mine Productive Work Center

7984 S 1300 E, Sandy, UT 84094

Event Schedule—Friday, October 14

6:00 PM:  Doors open + Registration
6:30 PM:  Plenary Session
     Voices on the Journey: A Panel Conversation
     Message: The Incomparable Jesus
8:45 PM:  Relational Time + Exhibitors
9:30 PM:  Doors Close

Event Schedule—Saturday, October 15

8:15 AM:  Doors Open + Registration + Latte Bar
9:00 AM:  Welcome + Instructions
9:10 AM: Workshop Session #1 (See topics below)
10:10 AM: Connection Groups
10:50 AM: Workshop Session #2
11:50 AM:  Connection Groups
12:20 PM:  Lunch
1:00 PM:  Workshop Session #3
2:00 PM: Connection Groups
2:45 PM: Workshop Session #4
3:45 PM: Relational Time + Exhibitors
4:30 PM:  Doors Close
      (breaks are scheduled throughout the day)

In WORKSHOP TOPICS

Maintaining Emotional Health through a Faith Transition  (David & Katie Johnson)
Religious institutions shape the reality-construction of our lives and provide answers to mysterious questions of existence. The journey outside these “truth castles” is threatening, lonely, and confusing. In this workshop, we explore the “disenchantment” process and living in uncertainty. Participants will learn ways to cope with painful experiences/thoughts/emotions. 

What Does the Bible Say About…?  (Nick Winder & Ross Anderson)
Part of a new faith journey is developing a new world view, which involves reconsidering the role and teachings of the Bible. In this workshop, two theologically trained former Mormons will lead a Q&A session featuring anything you want to ask about the Bible and it’s content.

Navigating Family Relationships During Your Faith Journey  (Mary Jane Badger)
Family members do not always respond positively when we move toward a new kind of faith. In this workshop, you will identify the emotions raised by this kind of conflict and think through together the kinds of responses that help and those that hinder.

How to Read and Understand the Bible for Yourself  (Daniel & Kimberly Shugert)
Some may fear approaching the Bible or feel unsure how to understand it. The LDS Church taught us to read the Bible through the grid of the Church’s teachings. What if we could read the Bible with fresh eyes, to let it speak for itself? In this workshop, you will learn some simple skills that will revolutionize your interaction with the Bible.

CONNECTION GROUPS

One important goal of the Conference is to connect you with other people who understand your journey. In these groups, you will get together with people who live nearest to you, to help you find allies, make new friends, and process what you are learning and feeling at the Conference.

Speakers and Workshop Leaders at the 2022 Conference:

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

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. She has served as a missionary to international students and has a heart to reach Latter-day Saints for Jesus.

David & Katie Johnson – The Johnsons founded the Ogden Center for Change. They offer a safe and caring place to explore life challenges through individual, family and group therapy. Katie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and David is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

Daniel & Kimberly Shugert – As staff members at Utah Advance Ministries, the Shugerts are active in evangelism and mentoring through strategic personal relationships. They also train new mentors, coordinate events, and produce the CultureWise podcast.

Ross Anderson

Mary Jane Badger

David Johnson, PhD

Katie Johnson, LCSW

Daniel & Kimberly Shugert

Nick Winder

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. Saved by God’s grace in his mid-twenties, Nick now serves as Pastor at Grace Church in Layton, UT.

Important Details

  • 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.
  • The ticket price also includes free drinks from the coffee bar on Saturday. But we expect a fairly long line, so be sure to come early enough to take advantage!
  • 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.

Remote Viewing Option

We plan to live-stream most of the sessions on Facebook Live. We will also record all 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.