• 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"

  • Sandra Langley - Sandra earned law degree after she turned 50. Born in her beloved Georgia many years ago, Sandra married young, raised four beautiful children as a single Mom and then asked herself the same question she is asking you today.  Now what?  For her it was working her way through BYU to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1993 and then on to law school where she earned a Juris Doctor in 1997 at the age of 60.  After a ten-year career as an Assistant Attorney General for the Utah Attorney General’s Office, she retired to Mesa to continue having fun.

    "What Do I Do Now?"               
  • Brooke Walters - Keynote Speaker
    Widow of a fallen soldier; Brooke is a mother, ASU graduate, and middle school History teacher, who lives in Mesa, AZ. Brooke enjoys reading, writing, exercising, counter-acting her exercise with chips and salsa, and watching The Office every single night of her life. She has married again, and together she and her husband, Ryan, have 4 young children. Brooke is grateful for the "stretching" experience that comes from being a blended family.

    "No Experience is Wasted"
    "I Thought I Was Done With This: Dating Again and the Blended Family"

  •  LaDawn Goodman -
    LaDawn Goodman is a mother of 6, grandmother of 9, sister to 10 and a friend to many. Her talents and hobbys include cooking, baking, catering, decorating, foot zoning, serving and laughing. She is kind, considerate, perceptive and always available with a listening ear. LaDawn has been adjusting to widowhood for almost four years.

    "Frying Solo"
    not as in fried pickles and baloney, but ideas for Journeying alone through life and your kitchen  here in Az. 🌵 Need some ideas to help you  find warmth in the winter and cool down in the summer? How do I cook for one?            


  • Dr. Christina Hibbert - Keynote Speaker
    Author of This Is How We Grow, Who Am I Without You, and 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise. Dr. Hibbert is a clinical psychologist specializing in grief/loss. She is host of the weekly online radio/TV program, Motherhood She is a dynamic speaker and the founder of the Arizona Postpartum Wellness Coalition. Christi, her husband, and their six children live in Flagstaff, AZ. Learn more about Dr. Hibbert through her popular website and blog, “The Psychologist, The Mom, & Me,” onwww.DrChristinaHibbert.com
    "Grief is a Sign of Love: How to Grieve, FEEL, and Heal”
    “The Deeper The Sorrow, the Greater the Joy: Rediscovering Joy after Loss”
    "Lord, Whither Shall I Go?"   Tools for Overcoming, Becoming & Flourishing

  •  David LeSueur - Keynote Speaker    "When Lightening Strikes"
    Brother David LeSueur is a native of Mesa. He served a mission to England and Wales as a young man and then attended Brigham Young University. Following graduation with his MBA degree, he was employed in Southern California for 11 years. He returned to the Valley of the Sun in 1986. The LeSueurs have seven children and 17 grandchildren. They have been active farmers and real estate developers in the Gilbert and Higley area for many years. Brother LeSueur served as President of the Gilbert Highland Stake from 1996 to 2005, and presided over the Manila Philippines Mission from 2005 – 2008. Elder LeSueur was sustained as a member of the sixth Quorum of Seventy in April of 2009 and served as temple president for the Gilbert Arizona Temple when it opened in 2014. He was released in November and now serves  in his ward; where one of his sons serves as the Bishop. 


  • Larry Kerby, MBA - An engaging and sought after national speaker and parenting coach. Larry helps parents to create more joy, peace and happiness by understanding their role with children. As a trained, independent facilitator of the Love and Logic curricula, Larry teaches effective, practical, proven parenting techniques that parents can start using immediately. He is also the author of the “Master Your Emotions” seminar series. 
    "How to Effectively Discipline Your Kids and Never Argue Again"
    "How to Help Your Kids Take Ownership of Their Problems & Solve Them"                   

  • Amber Hansen - Deaf since she was a toddler, Amber hasn't let her deafness stop her from enjoying life. She currently serves as Relief Society President in a non-deaf ward. Amber is the mother of 4 young children, a teacher's aide at Mountain View High School in the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing classroom, and a family mentor for hearing families with Deaf infants and toddlers.

    "How I Hear the Voice of Christ"                    

  • 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"

  • Brad Perkinson - Sealer in the Mesa Temple; Brother Perkinson was born in Illinois and is a graduate Illinois State University. He has lived in AZ for more than 50 years. He was drafted into the US Army during the Korean war and spent 19mos in Japan. Brother Perkinson and his wife served together in the Washington DC Mission. Brother Perkins has worked in the Mesa Temple for the past 20 years, currently working as a sealer.

    "The Most Important Thing the Temple Can Do for You"                

  • Trent Allen -  Brother Allen is married to Rachelle Allen and they are the parents of 8 children, four girls & four boys. He enjoys spending time with his family more than anything else. His  hobbies include reading, snowboarding, going on dates with his wife, playing all sports, photography, teaching the gospel, and spending more time with his family. He grew up in Mesa Arizona and attended Westwood High School. He served his mission in Osaka, Japan. He received his BS from Arizona State University and his Masters Degree from Northern Arizona University. He has taught for the seminary and institute programs of the church for over 18 years, and is currently the principal at the Combs Seminary.

    "Using the Scriptures to Understand How the Atonement Heals"
    "Using the Scriptures to Understand How the Atonement Transforms"              

LDS Widows & Widowers Conference

  • Wilford Taylor - Former Bishop, Stk Presidency member, and Scoutmaster, he currently serves as the Ward Mission Leader. He and his wife, Sharla, have just received a mission call to serve an 18 month mission to the Central Eurasian Mission, with an assignment to serve as welfare service missionaries in Almaty, Kazakhstan.  Brother Taylor is a graduate of the Business and Law Schools of Arizona State University. He is an attorney  in Mesa, AZ, specializing in estate planning, probate, trust administration, guardianship, and conservatorship law.

    "Estate Planning for Widows and Widowers"