Mesa has been home to Mormons for over a century. The LDS temple in Mesa was one of the first to be constructed by the church. Announced in 1919, only a few years after Arizona had achieved statehood, it was one of 3 temples announced and constructed to serve outlying Latter-day Saint settlements in the early part of the century.

As Arizona has changed over the years, so too has Mormonism in Arizona, creating exciting new opportunities and experiences for those rooted in the LDS Faith. Join Sunstone on February 20, 2016 as we discuss all the different paths Mormons in Arizona are taking.


February 20th at the Mesa Conventiod Center in Building A
Registration 8:30am
Concurrent Sessions 9:00 – 10:00 am


Infants on Thrones

Live Recording


Empowering and Claiming Yourself and Your Identity

Christian Moore

Concurrent Sessions 10:15 – 11:15 am


Ordination for All – Community of Christ and Inclusion of LGBT Community

Stassi Cramm, Barbara Carter and Linda Booth


Re-entering Workforce as a Mormon Woman

Triné Thomas Nelson, Paula Baker, Jessica Steed, Stefanie Carson-Nickolaisen


Mama Dragon Story Project

Kimberly Anderson

Concurrent Sessions 11:30 – 12:45


Why We Stay

H. Micheal Wright, Emily Curtis, Paul Garns


How LGBT Policies Affect Membership

Bryce Cook, Wendy Montgomery, Brent Sherwood, Shauntel Simper, Kimberly Anderson, and Theresa Bartholemew

12:45 – 2:30 pm


Lunch on your own

2:30 – 4:00 pm


Choose Your Own Adventure: Parenting Beyond Belief

Dale McGowan and Noell Hyman

Concurrent Sessions 4:15 – 5:15 pm

Historical Presentation

Mormon Millenarianism and the Modern Prepper Movement

Lindsay Hansen Park


Stepping Back from the Dead-End of the Belief/Dis-belief Dichotomy and Recovering the Path to Meaningful Spirituality

John Hamer

Concurrent Sessions 5:30 – 6:30


Ready to Witness

Debra Jenson, Sean Carter and Mark Barnes


Navigating Complex Relationships: Non-monogamy and Marriage

Natasha Helfer Parker


Brother Jake Does Sunstone

Jake Frost

Dinner and Afterparty Offsite TBA

Dale McGowan is an American author, speaker, and philanthropist who has written and edited several books related to atheism, particularly parenting without religion.  In 2010, McGowan launched Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB), a nonprofit organization designed to encourage and facilitate charitable giving and volunteering among humanists and atheists. McGowan was named 2008 Humanist of the Year by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University in recognition for his work in nonreligious parenting education.

Noell Hyman is the host of where she teaches scrapbooking through video tutorials.  She also hosts the popular talk show called, the Paperclipping Roundtable with well-loved regular guests like Stacy Julian, Ali Edwards, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and many others.

She is also a regular contributor for Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion.



Conference $70 USD
  Online Registration is now closed. Please register at the door.


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This event will be hosted at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, Arizona in Building A.

Join Natasha Parker  on Sunday, Feb. 21st, 10am-3pm in Gilbert Arizona for a special conference on Sexuality After a Mormon Transition. Register here.