Sunstone will return to historic Kirtland, Ohio this May! Join us for a day-long tour that combines both LDS, RLDS, and Community of Christ sites on May 20. We will gather for an amazing conference on Saturday, May 21 and conclude with an interfaith devotional in the Kirtland Temple on Sunday, May 22.




May 20 – 22

2016 Theme: “Out of the Best Books”


Friday, May 20th
8:00 – 5:00 pm Full-day Historic Kirtland Visitors’ Center Tour: $40
7:00 pm Human Rights Devotional (Sunstone attendees are invited to attend for free)
Saturday, May 21st
11:30 am Registration

Opening Devotional: 

Hymn #128, Come Ye Thankful People

Opening Prayer: TBA

 12:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions

Joe Jensen – “‘Being Born Again – A Mormon Perspective”


Aaron Taylor – “30 conference talks? An examination of one of the claims in the Mormon Newsroom post on the Church’s responses to child abuse”

1:30 pm


Winston Blackmore: TBA


2:45 pm Concurrent Sessions

Mica McGriggs and Samy Galvez- “Unity in Diversity”


John Hammond- “The Mormon Hawaiian Mission and the Smallpox Epidemic of 1853”



4:00 pm Concurrent Sessions


Russ Osmond– “Kirtland: From Temple to Turmoil”


Natalie Rose – “”Rose Night”: Sexual Purity Object Lessons in Mormon Women Narratives”

 5:15 pm KEYNOTE: Tamu Smith, “Sister Jane”



Sunday, May 21st
10:0 am – 11:00 am Interfaith Service in the Kirtland Temple

Tamu Smith is a popular multimedia personality and co-authour along with Zandra Vranes of Known on Sistas in Zion as “Sista Beehive” and “Sista Laurel,” the duo also hosts a weekly online radio program, Sistas in Zion Radio. Their media entity, which focuses on humorous aspects of faith and Mormon culture, seeks to uplift, inspire, bridge religious divides, and create healthy dialogue. Their lives are blessed by amazing family and friends. Tamu enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty years and their six wonderful kids.  Tamu and Zandra are co-authors of Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons.


Day Tour on Friday $50 
 Conference  $50 

Online Registration is now closed. You can register at the door.


Saturday’s event will be at the Kirtland Temple Visitor Center and Museumlocated at 7809 Joseph St, Kirtland, OH 44094

Sunday’s event will be at the Historic Kirtland Temple located at 7809 Joseph St, Kirtland, OH 44094