Julie Newsome Rasmussen was born and raised in Provo, Utah.  After attending Ricks College (BYU-Idaho), she returned to Provo where she met her husband, Bradley K. Newsome at Rocky Mountain Helicopters where he was her direct supervisor. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on February 15, 1985 and were blessed with two beautiful children, Courtney and Chandler.  Brad passed away unexpectedly on September 12, 2010 while Chandler was serving a full time mission in the Massachusetts, Boston mission, and the day after his soon to be son in law asked for Courtney’s hand in marriage.Julie has served in various callings in Primary, Young Women’s, and Relief Society President. She is currently serving as a Young Single Adult advisor in the Gilbert Arizona YSA Stake where her husband, Shon is serving on the High Council. Julie has worked in the sportswear industry for SDI as the National Sales Manager for the past 34 years. She also runs her own successful online boutique clothing company, Bays & Brooks (named for her darling grandchildren).

Keynote Speakers- Rob Gardner and Shon & Julie Rasmussen

Jamie Dick is a graduate of BYU and the mother of four sons. In 2009  her life was changed forever with the painful loss of her husband to  cancer. Thus began her journey of healing through dedicated missionary  service. After serving two years in the Mesa, AZ temple she served  three full-time missions in the Guatemala City Temple, the Merida, Yucatan Temple and at Church Headquarters in SLC, Utah. The question  Jamie is asked most frequently is when she will be leaving on her next mission. In between missions she loves becoming one with her eleven 
darling grandchildren, seven of whom were born while she was serving abroad!

  • Francelle Mortimer -"Building your family together on both sides now"

    Francelle has done extensive family history research for her late husband and for others. This pursuit began in 1993 after marrying her husband, Tony Mortimer, who converted to the church while attending BYU Provo. Lacking any knowledge of his family relations, besides his mother and her adoptive parents and siblings, (all first generation immigrants) Tony and Francelle had their work cut out for them. He knew it was his responsibility to teach his family the gospel. At the time of Tony's death in Jan 2008, despite years of searches, little more was known. His father was still missing, and his maternal side, full of mysteries. Together, Francelle and Tony had done temple work for his adoptive grandparents and great-grandfather. In Feb 2008, her Stake was made a test site for the development of FamilySearch software. Francelle became a test user. That, and her study of doctrinal teachings about "the life beyond" launched her on a road to discoveries that were surprising and comforting. Francelle is from Phoenix and has five children, three will soon be full-time missionaries She works for Phoenix Public Library, has presented family history programs for the public, and has served as ward family history consultant.


  • Francis Leany- "Your Musical Liahona"
    Using the power of music to navigate the storms on your journey to healing.

    Francis Leany grew up in a home where music was important. He was taught piano at an early age by his mother, who was a very accomplished musician. 
    Although he never pursued a career as a musician or achieved the competency of his mother, he has continued to dabble in music, both privately and performing in various groups.  

  • Shon and Julie Rasmussion

Shon was born in Vancouver, WA. At age 8 his family moved to SLC, UT. Not being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he soon began to learn about the church through school friends and scouting. After talking to 100's of missionaries and 1000's of missionary lessons, Shon converted to the Church just 12 years ago. He has served in Primary, Elder’s Quorum Presidency, Ward Mission Leader, Stk YM’s Presidency, Bishopric of a YSA Ward, and is currently on the High Council. Shon is blessed with 3 grown kids and 5 grandkids. He unexpectedly lost his eternal companion Carol Crandell Rasmussen seven years ago (Toughest day of his life that has been filled with many tough days). Shon became close friends through LDS Widow’s & Widower’s with Julie which he feels was crucial in building a strong foundation for their eventual Marriage for Time in the Bountiful Utah Temple. His additional blessings are Julie’s 2 kids and 2 grandkids. Shon served in the United States Marine. He’s spent the last 30 years in the transporta-tion industry selling the International brand of heavy and medium duty trucks to some of the nation’s largest fleets. Julie’s father inspired Shon to find ways to serve his fellow man in the community. Shon is currently the Chairman of the Advisory Board at the East Valley Institute of Technology and recently ran in the general election for the EVIT Governing Board. He serves on the Arizona Trucking Association Board of Directors and the Arizona Transportation Education Foundation Board of Directors. His hard work has resulted in awarding scholarships to many deserving young people.

Judy Olson was raised in Southern California with the surf, sand and sun. She was 19 years old when she joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Judy graduated from Cal State Northridge in Physical Education. In 1971, she married Craig Olson in the Los Angles Temple. They have four children who have wonderful spouses. They have given them 17 sweet grandchildren. Judy and her husband served a mission at BYU Hawaii where she enjoyed many opportunities, including the opportunities to speak at Women’s Conference and Education Week. In 2013, after a valiant fight with cancer, the love of her life Craig passed away. After his death she was able to serve at Church Headquarters Mission, Salt Lake City, Utah.  She loved her time on this mission as she was able to learn many valuable lessons as she started this new chapter in of her life. She wants to serve another mission but in the meantime enjoys being in service of others and loves being with her family.

  • Russell Beazer MS, LMFTGrief in Adults, Adolescents, and Children

    Russell is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and experienced grief counselor. He received his BS in Psychology from ASU and his Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Virginia Tech, one of the top programs in the nation. He has been in private practice for over 18 years and loved what he does. He served his mission in Portugal and has served in YM (his favorite calling) and is the father of six children. He has served in the Elder's Quorum Presidency, as a counselor in the Bishopric, Stake High Council and is currently serving as a Bishop. His wife says she highly recommends him because he understands families and women and because he lives what he teaches and they are so happy. "He is the real deal."
  • Judy Olson & Jamie Dick - "Healing Our Hearts Through Service"
    Judy and Jamie will share their unique experiences that have helped heal their broken hearts though missionary service opportunities at home an abroad

  • Wilford Taylor - Financial Security- Question & Answer Class

    Wilford was born and raised in Mesa AZ. He is a Mesa High alumni and a graduate of the Business and Law Schools of Arizona State University. After serving a mission to Uruguay/Paraguay, he met his wife, Sharla Rogers, at Mesa Community College. They have six children. He enjoys hiking, singing, reading, listening to audio books, and hanging out with his family. Family favorites have been a trip to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, riding the mules, and attending General Conference together in the brand new Conference Center. He has practiced law in Mesa for many years in the areas of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, probate, trust administration, and guardianship and conservatorship. Wilford has served in many callings, including Stake President. He and Sister Taylor have just returned from a mission to Almaty, Kazakhstan where they served as welfare service missionaries.
  • Toby & Lexine Severtson -
    "We are a Happy Family" 
    How We Blended Our Family; and maybe a Little Financial Advice

    Toby and Lexine are both native to Arizona and grew up in Mesa not very far from each other. Lexine was married to Rodney Clark for 14 years with 4 children. Toby was married to Cindy Porter for 19 years with 4 children. After losing their spouses they met each other at a widows gathering. They were married in October of 2010 and were blessed to raise 3 girls and 5 boys together over the last 7 years. Their 4 oldest children have served missions in Chile, France, and Argentina. Their girls have earned their personal progress and the boys are Eagle Scouts. The two oldest children were married in the Gilbert temple. Toby and Lexine have two grandchildren. Toby is the CEO of his father’s business of making movie screens for all over the world, including many temples. Lexine is a busy mother to 8 children and also teaches piano and enjoys traveling with Toby on business trips. They have been to Russia, Spain, Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, China, and throughout Canada and the US. One of their main goals is to serve missions once the kids are grown.

  • George D. Hickman -"Avoiding Identity Theft and Staying Safe Online"

    George has worked and taught in the Information Security field for many years. He has a Bachelor Degree from BYU and a Masters in Information Systems from SDSU. He is ABD-PhD in Technology Management - Digital Communications from Indiana State University. He is a Tenured Associate Professor at Utah Valley University, where he has taught for 21 years and started the Information Security program there. He has also taught as an Adjunct Professor for Information Systems at BYU, where he has taught graduate classes in Information Security and Computer Forensics for the past 3 years.

    George's wife, Dellyce, passed 3 years ago, just before their 30th Anniversary. They are the parents of three children: Richard, 30; Michael,28; and Angela, 21.
    He lives in Payson, Utah by himself, but is considering getting a dog.    
  • Michael Carter -“I Can Only Imagine” from Alma 5:16
    “I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day:
    Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?”

    Michael is an Aerospace Design engineer working in SLC for Northrop Grumman, a defense contractor working on top military defense systems critical to our national defense. Currently he resides in West Jordan, Utah. His wife passed away 8 years ago of a brain tumor. He has 5 daughters, 4 grandsons, and 4 granddaughters.  As an Air Force pilot's son, he lived in 12 different states during his youth. Michael served a Spanish speaking mission to Southern Florida and Puerto Rico.  He has served in many church callings during his life, including Stake High Councilman, Bishop's counselor, and Ward Mission Leader.         
  • Rob Gardner - LDS Composer, Conductor, and Producer 
    Rob Gardner  grew up in Mesa, Arizona. His mother required him and his eight siblings to play an instrument from fifth grade through high school. He played the trumpet and in eighth grade, started singing. His seven-member a capella group, Two Five Nine, recorded five albums and toured the United States. After serving missions and attending Brigham Young University, the group recorded three more albums. While on his mission in the France Bordeaux mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he wrote "He Is Jesus Christ" at the request of his mission president. While at BYU, he translated it into English and performed it numerous times at BYU and in Provo with volunteer orchestras and choirs. From this effort, he and others formed the nonprofit Spire Music Company. He primarily composes sacred music oratorios ("Joseph Smith the Prophet," "Lamb of God,"—both recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra—"Saints and Pioneers"), but has composed film scores and musicals ("Blackbeard," "The Price of Freedom," and "12 Princesses").

    His albums include Cinematic Pop Live, We Must Sing, Lamb of God, The Missionary Hymn Project, The Price of Freedom, and Blackbeard. He helped found the group known as Cinematic Pop. The group appeared on television's "America’s Got Talent" and received a standing ovation. Gardner earned his bachelor’s degree in management and entrepreneurship from BYU and did graduate work at the University of Southern California in the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program.


  • Russell Butler -"It's Okay to be Happy"

    Russ became a widower in December 2015.  He was married to his lovely wife, Robyn, for nearly 29 years before she passed.  To help his mourning process, Russ began to write and post some of the humorous adventures of his wife on the WW page on Facebook.  He quickly realized that humor was a mechanism to help cope with grief. In January of 2018, Russ created a Facebook group “Good Grief – The Lighter Side of Widowdom”  to serve as a companion page to the main LDS Widow and Widowers Group.