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Kansas City Regional Young Single Adult Conference 2017

Kathy Burgon

Friday, June 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 12:30 PM (CDT)

Kansas City Regional Young Single Adult Conference 2017

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Full Ticket
This ticket covers all dances, food, lodging and activities beginning Friday, June 2, 2017 - Sunday, June 4, 2017. Check in times 12:00 - 5:00 at the Liberty Stake Center, 6751 NE 70th Street, Kansas City, MO 64119. Beginning June 1, 2017, full tickets will be $90.
3d 13h 41m $75.00 $0.00
Full Ticket, No Lodging
This ticket covers all dances, food, and activities beginning Friday, June 2, 2017 - Sunday, June 4, 2017. Check in times 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Liberty Stake Center, 6751 NE 70th Street, Kansas City, MO 64119. Beginning June 1, 2017, full tickets will be $90.
3d 13h 41m $55.00 $0.00
Friday Only Ticket
This ticket includes dinner, dance, activities and lodging for Friday, June 3, 2017, if you choose to stay. The price is the same if you choose not to spend the night. Check in time 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the Liberty Stake Center, 6751 NE 70th Street, Kansas City, MO 64119.
3d 13h 41m $45.00 $0.00
Saturday Only Ticket
This ticket includes all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), dance, activities and lodging for Saturday, June 4, 2016, if you choose to stay. The price is the same if you choose not to spend the night. Check in at William Jewell College, Yates-Gill Union lobby.
3d 13h 41m $45.00 $0.00
Friday Activity Only
This ticket covers entrance to the "A Walk Across the World: Festivities, Food and Fun. Check in at Clayview Country Club at 8:00 PM 7990 N Farley Ave, Kansas City,MO 64158
3d 13h 41m $20.00 $0.00
Saturday Evening Activity Only   more info 3d 13h 41m $20.00 $0.00

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During the 2017 YSA conference we will have employment/career counselors available for WOWI evaluations.

  1. The WOWI is a powerful testing tool to help discover and determine which career options or profession is most suitable to your unique personality, experience, and talents.
  2. Still trying to decide which direction to fully pursue, the WOWI may help greatly.
  3. Do you have a degree, but are stuck getting your career fully functional? Then the WOWI may help identify those elements that need to be improved or are lacking. Funding may be available to help “fill those gaps” and get your career in full forward motion.

The $80.00 cost of the WOWI test will be covered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  For registration instructions please contact Kathy Burgon at


Friday, June 2nd

12:00 pm - Check in begins at the Liberty Stake Center

6751 Northeast 70th Street, Kansas City, MO 64119

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Baptismal sessions at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm

                                           (sign up on registration page)

                                Endowment sessions at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm

                                              (first come, first served)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Activities  

             Escape rooms – With an LDS twist, join with your new-found friends and see if you can solve the puzzles, unlock the mystery and…escape!


                            Boomerang balls - climb inside a 6-foot inflatable ball and play the wackiest game of “human soccer” ever!


                             Adrenalin Rush II – Challenge yet another “new-found” friend to run through an inflatable obstacle course. 


                            Friday night enjoy mixing and meeting other YSA at the biggest; Dance/Swim party/Pickleball/Frisbee/hanging out, YSA Fun Festival ever, (or at least since last year’s YSA opening event).


             Shaved Ice, Warm Country Donuts and Cotton Candy


5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Opening and Welcome (LSC)

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm Dorm check in at WJC


6:15 pm to 7:30 pm - Dinner at WJC

8:00 pm to 12:00 am  "Festivities, Food and Fun" 

Swimming - Dancing - Pickeball - Frisbee - Football - ?????

   Clayview Country Club 7990 N Farley Ave, Kansas City, Missouri 64158

Saturday, June 3rd

7:45 am to 8:45 am - Breakfast (WJC)

9:00 am to 11:00 pm “Unique and United in Service to Our Ancestors.”  


Service Project


Young Single Adult Conference 2017


Begin 9:00 am, 3 June 2017

 End about 11:00 am

 Three Options.

Option 1: About 30 people – clean and improve Ellis Cemetery

This is a 19th to early 20th Century cemetery that has been overgrown and needs lots of help getting it back to a level of presentability.  We will be removing debris, raking, and mowing.  We may do some maintenance of gravestones.

This is about 22 miles / 30-minutes worth of travel time. (see accompanying page with map)

We ask workers to arrive as close to 9:00 am as possible.

      Bring the Following:

  • Work clothes
  • Gloves
  • Water Bottle
  • Bug Spray
  • Hat and Sun Screen


 Option 2: As many as possible – clean Fairview Cemetery

This is the local cemetery in Liberty, Missouri.  It is about 33 acres and needs assistance in basic cleaning and maintenance.

This is about one mile from William Jewell College and is an easy 20-minute walk or so or a short drive. (see accompanying page with map)

  Bring the Following:

  • Work clothes
  • Gloves
  • Water Bottle
  • Bug Spray
  • Hat and Sun Screen

Option 3: Indexing

For those unable or unprepared to do the work at the cemeteries we have the option to do family history work.

This will be in upstairs of Student Union on the William Jewell College campus.

      Bring the following:

  • Laptop Computer


11:30 pm to 12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 Clean up for workshops and dance (WJC) The evening will be Sunday dress

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm Workshops (WJC)


“Life Critical Decision Making”

- Dr. Tracy Barrand LPC

Tracy Barrand of,LDS Development Counseling Services, has a doctorate in business management, has owned a home-care company, and has been a licensed a mutual fund adviser.  She has 10 years’ experience as an LDS marriage counselor and four years’ experience as a development or career counselor.  She is a full time employee for Deseret Industries and is responsible for helping people with barriers to employment in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri.  She is a resource to the Bishops and Self-reliance specialists in these states.  She has 16 grandchildren who are prodigiously active, attractive, and intelligent.



“Driving What Drives You!”

- Jonathan Abbott, Caldwell County Commissioner, Polo Chief of Police

Ever wonder why a fiery red sports car turns your head? Does your car have name? Do you wish your life had a soundtrack as fun to sing along with as your most memorable road trip? For 16 years, Jonathan Abbott has been privileged to consult single and married persons, college freshman and successful professionals, hopeless romantics and celebrity personalities in understanding what motivates them and really gets there motor running. Come take a ride with Jonathan and explore the fun of driving what drives you!



“5 Surprisingly Simple Behaviors That Build Great Relationships”  

 - Bishop Rodger Dean Duncan

Rodger Dean Duncan is a descendant of 19th century Baptist evangelists and a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Before the age of 25 he was an award-winning journalist, editor of two daily newspapers, and author of a nationally syndicated column.

While still in his 30s, he ran worldwide communication for Campbell Soup Company, then was vice president of a Fortune 100 energy firm.  He has served three times as bishop, as a stake president, and as a stake mission president. Under the direction of the First Presidency, he served on the Advisory Council that first recommended that “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” be added as a subtitle to The Book of Mormon.  Bishop Duncan earned a PhD in organizational behavior at Purdue University, and has been a professor at three major universities. He is a consultant to major corporations around the world, and has served as a full-time consultant to presidential cabinets officers in two White House administrations.  He is a best-selling, award-winning author of multiple books, and writes a regular column for Forbes magazine. His Internet blog reaches opt-in subscribers in more than 120 countries.

Bishop Duncan and his wife of 50 years live in Liberty. They are parents of four grown children, grandparents of 12, and great-grandparents of one.



"The Power and Influence of Music in Our Lives"

- Timothy Ritchie, Dan Ritchie

 Dan Ritchie has been performing vocally and as a pianist most of his life.  He joined the musical theater group Sound Celebration at Ricks College, performing in many areas of the united states and Canada.  He has performed roles in many productions in his musical career, such as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat, Marcellus in The Music Man, and Wild Bill in Calamity Jane.  He has performed many times in church productions as well as soloist performances of Handel’s Messiah.  Dan has worked for Seminaries and Institutes of Religion for the past 26 years including 16 years directing institute choirs.  His current assignment is in the Training Division of Seminaries and Institutes in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he is the Seminary and Institute Music Coordinator.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling. He is married to Richele Jones, and they are the proud parents of five boys, one girl, two daughters-in-law, and one incredible grandson. 

 Tim Ritchie graduated from Indiana University School of Music with a Masters in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy.  He also taught classes and private vocal instruction there as an adjunct faculty member.  He has also been a music faculty member at DePauw University as a voice teacher.  Timothy has had great success as a tenor.   He was a finalist in the Enrico Caruso Vocal Competition in Bolognia, Italy.  He has sung in many parts of the United States, Europe, Canada as well as South America, singing operatic roles such as Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen, Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoor, Alfred in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, and tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Tim and his wife, Janelle, are parents of five children and have three grandchildren.




"The People of Ammon: Unity through Covenants"

- Brian L. Steed, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

Brian L. Steed is a military theorist, applied historian, United States Army officer, and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He is currently an assistant professor of Military History at the US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and a Middle East Foreign Area Officer. He served eight and a half consecutive years in the Middle East including assignments in the Levant (Jordan and Israel), Mesopotamia, and the Arabian Peninsula.  He served three tours in Iraq. He was a Jordanian Army Officer as part of the Military Personnel Exchange Program for two and a half years giving him an immersed perspective in Arab culture and a liaison to the Israel Defense Force providing another immersed experience from a different regional perspective. He has written numerous books on military theory and military history and cultural awareness. His most recent published books include ISIS: An Introduction and Guide to the Islamic State, Voices of the Iraq War: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life (Voices of an Era), and Bees and Spiders: Applied Cultural Awareness and the Art of Cross-Cultural Influence.  He has also written a book titled Wars and Rumors of Wars: Understanding Mormon's Metaphor (Abridged) and presented extensively on the use of warfare in the Book of Mormon to understand our journey to exaltation.  He has served in a variety of church callings in twenty-seven different wards and branches in nine states and four countries.


 “A Fence Around the Law: Making it Helpful, Not a Hindrance”

 - John Hilton III  (second and third hour workshops only)

                               (see biography below)


5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Formal Dinner

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Desserts From Around the World(WJC)



7:15 pm John Hilton III, Keynote Address


John Hilton III was born in San Francisco and grew up in Seattle. He served a mission in Denver, and got a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. While there he met his wife Lani and they have six children. They have lived in Boise, Boston, Miami, Mexico and China. Currently, they live in Utah. John has a Masters degree from Harvard and a Ph.D from BYU, both in Education. John worked with the LDS Seminary and Institute program for eleven years in a variety of capacities and is currently an assistant professor of Ancient Scripture at BYU.


John has written several books with Deseret Book, and enjoys speaking with Especially for Youth, Education Week, TOFW and Young Single Adults. He loves being with his family, doing humanitarian work, and learning Chinese.


Why?: Powerful Answers and Practical  Reasons for Living LDS Standards







I can do hard things







The Compare Dare



8:30 pm to 12:00 am "Let's Dance"  - Atrium in Yates center WJC


Fast Sunday, June 4th

8:00 to 9:45 Dorm Checkout 

10:00 to 12:00 Sacrament Meeting, Historic Gano Chapel (WJC)

12:00 to 12:30 Snack and Roll (Grab a snack and say goodbye)





What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Each registrant must provide transportation to and from the conference. Parking areas will be designated for the various venues. Shuttles will be available to the various venues during the conference.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions? 


Have questions about Kansas City Regional Young Single Adult Conference 2017? Contact Kathy Burgon

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William Jewell College
500 W College St
Liberty, MO 64068

Friday, June 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 12:30 PM (CDT)

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