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"Let Your Hearts Rejoice for I am With You" Women's Conference 2013

Nashua Stake Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 4:45 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

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This free Women's Conference will bring together a diverse group of women throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire to explore how the Savior’s love and example can help us in our many roles as women.  No matter what challenges or adversities we face in life, we all have access to the Savior’s healing, His strength, His peace. This will be an evening when our hearts can indeed rejoice together in the strength that only comes from Him. 

Toward this end, over 15 workshops will be offered from 5:00-8:00 throughout the conference in 3 consecutive 40 minute sessions.  Some workshops will also be offered in Spanish, Portuguese and Khmer. A general Relief Society Broadcast from Salt Lake will begin at 8:00 for anyone who wishes to stay.

Below are the descriptions of each of the bios of the presenters.  Please review them and as you go through the registration process, you will be prompted to select the 3 workshops you would like to attend.   

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We all walk through trials of life that can sometimes be overwhelming.  How does the Atonement help us through our trials?  How does the Atonement “bind up the broken hearted” and help us find peace and joy?  How does the Atonement strengthen us to face the challenges of everyday life and continue on the straight and narrow path leading back to our Father in Heaven?

Michael and  Rebecca Haight oversee hundreds of missionaries in the Boston area, extending to eighty-four congregations across Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  They speak and teach in a different congregations each weekend throughout New England, often about the power of the atonement and what it means in real life, so they have much to share.  David and Rebecca have been married for twenty-three years, have four children and reside in Belmont, Massachusetts.



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How can we ask for, receive, and follow inspiration in our decisions and correctly follow promptings?  How can we be sure we are hearing the correct messages?  How can sanctifying our lives enhance our ability to receive promptings, inspiration, and revelation?  How can we draw on the powers of heaven to bless our lives?

David and Peggy Huntington:  President and Sister Huntington have both served in numerous leadership roles in the church including the President of the Nashua NH Stake and Patriarch.  They are currently serving as part of the LDS Boston Temple Presidency in Belmont, speak in different congregations weekly and are known for being wonderful story tellers that consistently engage their audiences.  Most importantly, they are widely known for their wisdom and experience in learning how to  connect and draw upon the powers of heaven and are sure to uplift and inspire all.


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At times we can be tempted to feel like we don’t belong or “fit in” at church – too old, too young, marital problems, struggling children, a different language or culture, illness, etc.  And yet the Savior taught that “the body is not one member, but many” (1 Cor. 12:14)  How can we overcome our feelings of not “fitting in”, recognize our worth in the sight of God, and find joy that comes from full participation?  How can we recognize and reach out to others who may not feel included?

Becky Badten:  In a church that consistently emphasizes eternal marriage and families, Becky has actively attended the church without her non-member spouse of 27 years.  Through faith and active service, she has served in numerous roles in the church and has found it to be a place of belonging and growth.  Becky is known for her ability to extend that sense of belonging to others.  She has a BA in English from the University of Utah and is a partner in Eva Blake's Makery and Emporium and looks forward to sharing her journey with you.

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How can we find joy in the present when our lives feel stressful?  How can a positive perspective help us cope?  How can we adopt a more grateful heart and be content instead of waiting for “something better” to happen before we start living joyfully?  How does a sense of humor and service to others help us find joy in our journey?

Kaddiz Silvestro served a mission in Paraguay and has a BA from BYU in Spanish with a minor in Family History.  She has found numerous and creative ways to "Find Joy In the Day" while taking care of 3 kids on her own while her husband completed his Masters Degree at Harvard.  Kaddiz loves to have fun; including hosting costume dramas, eating chocolate and sewing funky clothes for her kids.  We look forward to her inspiring energy and experience!

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Jesus Christ is the example of how we should show love to others.  Whether we have been married for a short time or for many years, a continual effort to nurture our marriages is vital.  How do we foster kindness, thoughtfulness, encouragement, and expressions of appreciation and partnership?  How do we forgive and conquer selfishness?  What can we do to nurture love and friendship?

Russ and Patty Pendergrass met in 1984 in Northern Virginia and were married in the Washington DC Temple in May of 1985 after they each had been divorced.  Russ had custody of his six children and Patty had one child.  Knowing that 70 percent of second marriages with children end in divorce, they knew that marriage interventions had to be implemented immediately and with intensity. Today, Russ and Patty’s family include “yours, mine, ours and adopted” and 16 grandchildren.

The Pendergrasses will share the ups and downs of their 28-year journey and the lessons they have learned along the way.  Whether your marriage is blissful or a daily struggle, this seminar is structured to provide you with specific tools to enhance your marriage experience.


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Mothering young children, with all of its inherent joy, can sometimes feel like mundane busy work.  Motherhood often calls upon the maximum use of physical, mental, psychological, and emotional energy.  How can mothers with young children find satisfaction and balance in their lives as they perform the most important responsibilities of motherhood?

Kirsten Smith:  With degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education and Sociology, Kirsten said she was “absolutely unprepared for taking care of three small children, on my own, every single day...even if they are my own. She and her husband Gregg have been married 16 years, 13 as a stay-at-home mom.  They have 3 children; Carter, 13; Owen, 11; and Makenna, 8.  


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By our words and actions, how can we encourage, praise, and build up our youth?  How can we help our youth feel appreciated and accepted?  How can we lovingly correct when needed?  How do we respond when they stray?  How do we help youth seek heavenly guidance in their lives and help them to remain faithful and true?

Spencer and Emily Gold met at BYU and have been married for 19 years.  They are the parents of 5 children, ages 5 – 16.  Emily has served as Stake YW President for four years and Spencer teaches Seminary. Spencer says they “are about as clueless on this issue as anyone else out there.  But... we've asked all of your children what they think about this, and they've provided anonymous responses that are extremely insightful.  Come to our class to see what they said!”


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Older adults have a continuing need to share their experience, talents, and insights which can help them feel needed and appreciated.  They may also experience health and other issues that require assistance.  How do we balance their need for independence and safety?  What resources are available for assisting and caring for older adults?  How does serving and caring for them increase our faith and strengthen our families?

Valerie Earnshaw graduated from BYU in Business Finance, loves to cook, cross-country ski and read history.   She and her husband Scott have 3 daughters, one son, and one son-in-law.   After living in Tokyo for 10 years they moved back to the 'family homestead' in Bedford, N.H.   For the past 12 years Valerie has lived in a multi-generational home with Scott's parents.  From personal experience, working in Relief Society, and with a non-profit group called American Mothers, Valerie will discuss the joys, benefits, and challenges for each of us as we celebrate serving what Tom Brokaw called 'the greatest generation".

Linda Valentine has had over a decade of experience caring for elderly family members, giving her ample opportunity to collect ideas that work and lessons learned.  Linda and her husband John have three grown sons and 3 grandchildren.  She currently volunteers with the Neighborhood Supper and helps organize Relief Society activities.


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John C. Hughes, M.D. is a lifelong member of the church and a practicing gynecologist for over 30 years. He specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques through laparoscopy and vaginal hysterectomy, infertility treatment with ovulation induction, and menopause counseling. His goal is to always provide the best healthcare options for women in his care. He is the father of four daughters and has five granddaughters.


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This is a time of congration in the gym where you can eat your dinner, view a traveling display about Christ from the Washington DC Temple  and receive hands on instruction at computer work stations, including:

  • How to set up and write a Blog
  • Family Search.org – Come find out about your ancestors
  • Indexing – Learn how to index public records to be available on-line to others for geneology
  • Create a Mormon Profile for mormon.org


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នៅពេលយើងអាចត្រូវបានល្បួងឱ្យមានអារម្មណ៍ដូចជាយើងមិនមែនជារបស់ឬ"សមនៅក្នុង" នៅក្រុមជំនុំ- ចាស់ពេក, វ័យក្មេងពេកមានបញ្ហាអាពាហ៍ពិពាហ៍, ពុះពារកុមារជាភាសាផ្សេងឬវប្បធម៌, ជំងឺជាដើមហើយព្រះអង្គសង្គ្រោះបានបង្រៀននៅឡើយទេថា"រាងកាយគឺមិនមែនជាសមាជិកម្នាក់ប៉ុន្តែជាច្រើន។(1 កូរិនថូស។12:14, 22) តើយើងអាចជំនះអារម្មណ៍របស់យើងមិនមែន"ដែលសមនៅក្នុងការ" ទទួលស្គាល់មានតម្លៃរបស់យើងនៅក្នុងការមើលឃើញរបស់ព្រះនិងស្វែងរកសេចក្តីអំណរដែលបានមកពីការចូលរួមពេញលេញ? តើយើងអាចស្គាល់និងឈានដល់ការចេញទៅអ្នកផ្សេងទៀតដែលប្រហែលជាមានអារម្មណ៍ថាមិនបានរួមបញ្ចូល?

Lyn Ly was born in Thailand to Cambodian & Chinese parents.  She came to the States at age 2, first in a refugee camp, then in Connecticut and Massachusetts before settling in California where she grew up.  She has been working in Massachusetts as a Transition Coach for an Elder Services Company since 2012, but she misses California!  Sister Ly joined the church in 2001, leading the way for her family who also joined later.  Her hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, traveling, learning, and eating! 

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Às vezes, podemos ser tentados a sentir que não pertencemos ou que nao estamos  “incluidos" na igreja – por sermos: muito velhos, muito jovens, por termos problemas conjugais, por causa das criancas que sao pequenas, por falarmos outra lingua, por termos uma cultura diferente , por doenças, etc. O Salvador nos ensinou que "o corpo não é um membro, mas muitos. (1 Coríntios 12:14-22) Como podemos superar os nossos sentimentos de "nao pertencer ao lugar", como podemos reconhecer o nosso valor aos olhos de Deus e encontrar a alegria que vem da plena inclusao? Como podemos reconhecer e chegar a outras pessoas que não podem se sentir incluídos?

Gene & Jucara Gregerson

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 A veces podemos tener la tentación de sentir que no pertenecemos o que no "encajamos" en la iglesia – (sea porque somos muy viejos, muy jóvenes; porque tenemos problemas de pareja, de niños que pelean; hablamos un lenguaje diferente o venimos de una cultura diferente; o por causa de enfermedad, etc.   Sin embargo, el Salvador enseñó que "el cuerpo no es un solo miembro, sino muchos."  (1 Corintios 12:14)  ¿Cómo podemos superar nuestros sentimientos de que no pertenecemos o que no "encajamos” en la iglesia?   ¿Cómo podemos reconocen nuestro valor ante los ojos de Dios, y encontrar la alegría que viene de una plena participación?  ¿Cómo podemos reconocer y tratar de ayudar a otras personas que no se sienten incluidos?

Fernando y Sandra Garciaviven en Peterborough, NH. El hermano García nació en Guayaquil, Ecuador y la hermana García es de Guatemala. Se conocieron en Brooklyn, New York y se sellaron en el templo de Washington DC. Tienen cuatro hijos/as: Stephen (que está sirviendo una misión en Argentina), Ryan (quien está llenando papeles para la misión), Eleni (quien asistirá a BYU-H) y Lauren (que empezara el 8 grado). Ambos han estado viviendo en los Estados Unidos desde hace más de treinta años. El hermano García es actualmente el presidente de la Rama de Peterborough, NH y la hermana García es presidenta de las Mujeres Jóvenes. Antes de mudarse a NH la familia García vivía en Long Island, NY y Brooklyn, NY.

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Como podemos encontrar alegria agora, quando estamos com nossas vidas sob stress? Como attitudes positivas podem nos ajudar a lidar com isso? Como podemos encher nosso coracao de gratidao ao invez de esperar por "algo melhor" para acontecer antes de começarmos a viver com alegria? Como um bom senso de humor e o servico aos outros podem nos ajudar a encontrar alegria em nosso dia-a-dia?

Marcia Carvalaho nasceu no Brasil. Sua lingua nativa eh portugues. Casada com Paulo Carvalho ha 11anos, eh formada em Bacharel de  Turismo. Desde que batizou na igreja em 2011, serviu na Sociedade de Socorro como presidente e conselheira. Nas Mocas e na Primaria serviu como conselheira. Foi oficiante do templo e atualmente eh professora na escola dominical do Principio do Evangelho no ramo portugues Cambridge IV.


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 Jesucristo es el ejemplo de cómo debemos mostrar amor a los demás.  El esfuerzo continuo para cultivar nuestro matrimonio es vital sea que estamos casados por un corto tiempo o por muchos años.  ¿Cómo mostramos amor, bondad, consideración, animo y expresiones de aprecio y colaboración?  ¿Cómo podemos perdonar y conquistar el egoísmo?  ¿Qué podemos hacer para alimentar el amor y la amistad?

Luis y Maria Gonzalez son originarios de Guatemala, país donde se unieron a la Iglesia hace 42  años. Han vivido en los Estados Unidos durante 27 años. Tienen tres hijos y siete nietos. Maria es actualmente la Presidente de la Sociedad de Socorro en el Barrio de Lowell.  Su esposo es misionero del Barrio y los Domingos da una clase de Doctrina del Evangelio en Español. El es actualmente dueño de un taller de reparación de automóviles y ella es una maestra substituta para las escuelas de Lowell. Ellos se conocieron en su país natal Guatemala y en el mes de Noviembre celebraran sus 40 años de casados.


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យើងទាំងអស់គ្នាតាមរយៈការដើរការជំនុំជម្រះនៃជីវិតដែលពេលខ្លះអាចនឹងលើសលុប។ដង្វាយធួននោះមិនជួយពួកយើងតាមរយៈការកាត់ក្តីរបស់យើងដោយរបៀបណា? ដង្វាយធួនតើ"ចងឡើងដែលខូចបេះដូង" និងជួយឱ្យយើងរកឃើញសន្តិភាពនិងក្ដីអំណរ? ដង្វាយធួននោះមិនពង្រឹងពួកយើងតើធ្វើដូចម្តេចដើម្បីប្រឈមមុខនឹងឧបសគ្គនៃជីវិតជារៀងរាល់ថ្ងៃនិងបន្តជាប់គ្នានៅលើផ្លូវតូចចង្អៀតនិងឈានមុខគេត្រឡប់ទៅព្រះវរបិតារបស់យើងនៅក្នុងឋានសួគ៌?

Have questions about "Let Your Hearts Rejoice for I am With You" Women's Conference 2013? Contact Nashua Stake Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

When & Where

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center
110 Concord Street
Nashua, NH 03064

Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 4:45 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

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Nashua Stake Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints



6:00 Check-In

6:30-7:00 Dinner

7:15-7:45 Kick-Off & Service Project

7:45-9:00 President and Sister Packard, Mission President, “Every Day Missionary Work: A Feast of Faith”

9:00-9:30 Dessert

9:30  Games in the Dark, Karaoke, and Old Movie Night


6:45-7:30 Zumba, Morning Run, Pilates/Yoga

7:00-7:45  Scriptures and Morning "Zen" by the water (Cello by Emily Hardy)

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:45-9:30 Ken and Priscilla Hutchins, Former Boston Temple President and Matron, "That the Fire of the Covenant May Burn in Their Hearts"

9:40-11:10  Workshops (Choose two)

  • “Getting Past What You May Never Get Over” (Frank Gentile)
  • “Let Your Soul Delight in Music” (Diane Pritchett)
  • “Putting On Our Digital Armor of God” (Bishop and Sister Morey)
  • Boating on the Lake

11:20-12:00 Suzanne Bates "Feast on That Which Perisheth Not”

12:15-1:30 Grab and Go Lunch and Testimony Meeting at the Amphitheater

1:30  Home

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