Conference Workshops


Say Yes to the W.O.W by Desta Golden, ND, MS

Whether you are a lifelong member descended from the pioneers or a recent convert, we’ve all heard the “no’s” of the Word of Wisdom. Join us as we flip the script to focus on the “yes’s” and discover how following the Word of Wisdom’s simple nutrition prescription can prevent (or reverse!) chronic disease and leave you with boundless energy to live the life you want!

Desta is a Naturopathic Physician with a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition and specializes in helping her patients go from feeling “blah” to “BOOM!” by identifying obstacles to health, eliminating symptoms, and optimizing wellness so they can live their best lives. As a leader in integrative and natural medicine, she is an expert in both the science of modern medicine and the wisdom of traditional healing.  She frequently lectures on health and nutrition topics and firmly believes that food is medicine. In her downtime she tries to find the balance between spending time with her family outdoors and watching reality TV.



Time Management by Michael D. Groll

Who hasn't been overwhelmed with work, family, church callings, etc. This class will help participants make more selective, high-impact choices about where to invest their valuable time, attention and energy.

Michael D. Groll is a Managing Director for Franklin Covey - employed with them for 18 years. He has worked with several hundred organizations to help them identify their highest priorities for Leaders, Individuals and parts of their business strategy and then to execute those priorities with excellence. He has been married to Tanya JOY Pyper for 28 years. They are the parents of 8 children.






Self Defense by Frank Phillips

Frank Phillips is the President and CEO of Golden Seal Enterprises, Inc.— a multi-million dollar private security services and training firm in Virginia that for over 25 years has delivered innovative security solutions and services worldwide, to the U.S. government, to U.S. State Department-approved foreign governments, and to distinguished private clients. Mr. Phillips’s exceptional ethic, drive, and discipline is borne from an 18-year career in the U.S. Navy Special Warfare community as a founding counter-terrorism operator of SEAL TEAM SIX, as a Naval Special Warfare Training Center instructor for BUD/S, and as a member of the U.S. Navy’s Red Cell Naval Security Coordination Team. Combining his elite military endeavors with another two plus decades of business leadership and success, Mr. Phillips has built a highly capable and multi-disciplinary team of dedicated professionals ideally suited to delivering some of the best advice and services in the private security industry today.


From Living Room to Man Cave – Create a happy and comfortable home.

  • Current Color Trends

  • Less is more, tips for minimalizing décor – to create balance and peace in your home.

  • LDS inspired home decorating tips.

  • Guests will receive a DC temple print to get them started.

Sherilyn Holmes is a professional home stager She received accreditation in 2014 and has staged over 400 homes. Prior to staging, Sherilyn enjoyed a career in Graphic Design in the corporate setting for over 15 years. Sherilyn graduated from the University of Utah in Marketing/Communication. Sherilyn and her husband, John, are the parents of 2 children and live in Bluemont. In her spare time, she enjoys clogging and is on the Blueridge Thunder Cloggers Performing Team along with her daughter Hannah.

How to use your patriarchal blessing as a guide throughout your life


Patriarch Michael Crowther is an ordained patriarch for the Winchester Virginia Stake who has given hundreds of patriarchal blessings.  With his experience of listening to the spirit as he gives blessings, he will also give insights on how to recognize when you are receiving personal inspiration and revelation instead of just your own thoughts.