- Kristen Lorton Maher, MA - Keynote Speaker
Speech Pathologist, Widow, and Mother to 6 boys. Kristen was raised in rural Missouri in the Nauvoo Stake, where she says her testimony was grown in the rich soil of church history. Kristen served in the Texas San Antonio Mission. She graduated from BYU and did her graduate work at Truman State University.In 2013, Leonard and Kristen learned that he had a a rare form of cancer with zero survivors. He was given 18 mos but survived 7 weeks. On August 6, 2013, Leonard slipped to the other side of the veil to continue his righteous service, ending an idyllic life of soccer games, pinewood derby, service in the church, and great family time spent together. Kristen with her 13 and 10 yr old boys started their grief work and were blessed with uncountable miracles over the next 3 years. You will be inspired by Kristen’s humor and faithful determination to move forward with joy. In 2016, Kristen married Ryan Maher. Together they are learning to blend a new family of boy,s while continuing a spiritual progression only achievable together. Kristen says they are “still figuring things out but just like always, blessings too many to count attend them."
"Confidence to Slay Goliath: The Actions to Find Joy in Grief"
- Michael Carter - Keynote Speaker
Aerospace Design engineer working on top military defense systems in SLC for Northrop Grumman. Widowed for almost 5 1/2 years since his wife passed of a brain tumor. Served a Spanish speaking mission to Southern Florida and Puerto Rico. Presently, serving as the Ward Mission Leader in West Jordan, Utah. Michael has presented at both the Arizona and Idaho W/W conferences on the Atonement. He has dedicated his life to understanding and receiving the blessings of the Atonement above all else!
"The Atonement: How it can Empower us to Triumph over All Things through Christ"
LDS Widows & Widowers Conference