LDS Homeschool Conference Aug 10-11 2012 and Giveaway

Come join us for a full day of great speakers and 
a formal family Grand Ball at the 
LDS Homeschool Conference!
I am giving away one ticket to the conference. Please comment below and “like” Tree of Life Mothering on Facebook to enter for a chance to win. 

My friends Thom and Tresta Neil and Amy and Von Hansen have created this conference to provide an opportunity for LDS homeschool parents and youth to gather together:

  • to learn about ways to more fully integrate the gospel into our homeschooling pursuits.
  • to help us feel connected with others who are doing the same.
  • to be inspired, find hope and encourage one another.


We are not focusing on any one type of curriculum or methodology, as  the gospel of Jesus Christ can be taught
in all things, at all times and in all places.

Please join us at the LDS Homeschool Conference 

August 11th with a bonus evening session, Fathers panel and youth panel at 7 PM

and a full day of speakers on August 10th at American Heritage School, 
736 N. 1100 E.     American Fork, Utah.


Here are some of the great inspiring speakers. You can hear some of them before the conference on some conference calls that the conference people are doing before the conference. Every day at 1 PM Mountain Time they are doing interviews with some of the speakers. Go here to learn about the teleconference.


So even if you live far way, you can participate in the teleconference. If the speaker you were expecting doesn’t come up right away, be patient, the calls were done with two speakers in one hour call so the speaker you are expecting is probably 30 minutes into the call.


The keynote speaker is Jenet Jacob Erikson. Jenet is the fabulous daughter of a fabulous woman: LaDawn Jacob, a lady I have admired for a long time. I got to hear Jenet and LaDawn speak at a meeting for LDS homeschool moms when I was 8 months pregnant with baby #6. I still remember feeling the Spirit when Jenet said that in 1 Nephi 11, Nephi was shown the Virgin Mary when he asked what the tree of life means. He was shown this because the love of mothers is the closest thing to the love of God. It amazed me that she shared this because I had already had the same thoughts!


Jenet urged the mothers in attendance to never resist the holiness of their calling as a mother. She said that the refining process of mothering allows us to sacrifice our impurities.

She went on to say,

Become all you can to give your best self to motherhood. This is consecration. Elder David Bednar, an apostle of Jesus Christ,  has said that the best application of consecration is motherhood. Mothers give themselves for the physical birth of their children. Christ gave himself for our spiritual rebirth. Both mothers’ and Christ’s bodies are permanently marked from this sacrifice. Motherhood is holy because children are so precious. Children will grow to teach us greater things than we know. Jesus said about a child, “Behold the kingdom of God.” As children grow, the effects of their mother echo around as children mingle with society. The nearest thing to the love of Christ for mankind is

Bio: Jenet Jacob Erickson teaches about the power of ordinary family rituals and routines in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. She received a PhD in Family Science at the University of Minnesota after attending American Heritage School, being homeschooled, attending a public high school and finally completing Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at BYU. She grew up on a small farm in Orem where all of her 10 siblings participated in their family home school. She and her husband Michael were married in 2009 and are blessed to be the parents of their two-year-old daughter, LaDawn.
Click here to listen to Jenet’s interview

Tresta Neil is the wonderful mother of 8 and the founder with her husband of Keystone Education. She has developed patterns to incorporate how to teach the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in everything you study. You can go here to her web site to learn more.

Mindy Heath
Women are that they might have joy!

Yes, that means you too! Discover How To Live With Peace, Joy and Connection In Every Area Of Your Life.
Have you ever felt like you were doing all the “right” things but none of it seemed to be working? Have you ever felt not good enough or that success is for everyone else but you? Maybe you are thriving in some areas of your life but struggling in others and no matter how hard you try you don’t know how to change it. And deep down you know it’s taking it’s toll on you, your marriage, your kids, maybe even your faith.  You can have peace, joy and connection no matter what is going on around you!  Discover the key to “BE”ing who Heavenly Father created you to be and all the joy and healing that follows!

Mindy Heath is a joyful wife and mother of four who has been homeschooling for 12 years. With a degree from BYU in Family Sciences and a passion for helping women put their hearts and lives in order, Mindy has been inspiring others through one on one mentoring, group programs and public speaking for 7 years. Personally she has dealt with and overcome health, financial, self worth, relationship and other struggles. Through her personal learning and healing she has learned how to live joyfully every single day no matter what challenges arise. Her passion is showing others to do the same. Discover Your Worth, Live Your Truth is her motto! Mindy is the creator of and with her dear husband

Nicholeen Peck
The Key to Building Youth, Instead of Teens

Through most of a child’s young years, the mother plays a crucial role in development.  As children get older, they begin to look to their fathers as role models for their lives.  Learn the best strategies to prepare yourself and your children for that journey.  These strategies will inspire you and transform your children into youth, not teenagers.  Come and see why.

Nicholeen Peck is the mother of four and previous foster parent of many difficult and troubled teens.   The Peck family’s success with these difficult children was based upon calmness, the principles of self government, and good communication.  She has been teaching people around the world the principles of Self-Government since 1999.  She recently returned from a Self-Government teaching tour in China. In 2009, Nicholeen and her family were featured in a one hour BBC documentary about parenting.  She has appeared on various news shows and radio programs to discuss effective parenting.   She is a popular public speaker, author of the books, Parenting a House United, Londyn LaRae Says Okay, Timeless Principles of Raising Great Kids, many magazine articles, and a parenting blog called .

Michelle Stone (pictured with her mom, Janeen Brady, of Brite Music fame)
Celestial Education:  the 4th Stage
Why are we here?  As believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ, this question has some profound and significant answers that should not be ignored.  Come prepared for an intense, eye-opening, and fun journey through the scriptures to discover why we are really here and how that should shape our education.

Michelle Stone is the happy wife of Shane, and mother of their (soon to be) nine children.  Ever since her baptism by fire into motherhood (four children under three) she has sought truth and direction for their, and her own, education. She is always happy to share what she has learned so far.

Audrey Rindlisbacher
Harmonizing ‘Religious’ and ‘Secular’ Study

In a world where the religious and the secular are intentionally separated, it can be difficult to know how to harmonize them. The Lord tells us that all things are spiritual to Him. He also teaches us that all truth is connected. What, then, are the mental and spiritual tools for discovering truth, connecting it to all areas of life and applying it to ourselves? Come learn how simple this process is and how it will revolutionize your education! 

Audrey Rindlisbacher has a liberal arts degree from George Wythe University where she has taught government, economics, literature and study skills. She is co-founder of the Ten Boom Institute where she teaches men and women of all ages the skills of lifelong learning. She is the author of a popular set of articles on the skills necessary for classical or liberal education. She and her husband Blaine are the homeschooling parents of 6 children.

Reed Hansen
Book of Mormon Geography

Explore the Book of Mormon geography in a relative geography setting.  All locations will be given in relation to each other without trying to pin down the actual location.  Various theories will be explored. Using the Book of Mormon, the locations of cities, hills, rivers, and major geographical locations will be examined.  The location of battles (not for cities), major migrations of peoples, missionary journeys, cities with walls, temples, synagogues, and prisons will be explored.  We will be using Scripture Creations Book of Mormon Study map as the basis for the class.


Reed Hansen is the owner of Scripture Creations which produces maps, charts, study aids, and games for the LDS market.  He has an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelors Degree in Computer Information Systems from Weber State University.  Scripture Creations’ Book of Mormon Study Map may be the best selling Book of Mormon Map in the Church having sold over 20,000 copies.
Donna Goff (and her husband)
First Steps: Laying a Solid Foundation in the Pre-School Years

What do preschoolers (and older children just coming to home education) need to prepare them to succeed in life and learning? Where is a good place to start?  How do I put in place a solid foundation?  What is family work and why is it vital? What is Homeculture?  What is Momculture?  How do I track progress? What are commonplace books and how can I use them to simplify my life? Join me to discover the answers, resources, and more…

Using the scriptures, prophets, resources from the church distribution center I will offer answers to the above questions.

1 Prayerfully decide and record

2 Check the Pulse and Create Vision 

3 MAP the Journey

4 Lay the Foundation- Scriptures, Prophets, LDS Family Guide Book, Teach a Child to Read Using the Book of Mormon, The Door to My Father’s Study is Always Open (aka nature studies)

5 Momculture- Mom’s continuing education- the 15 minute Solution

6 Records- Journals, Book of Remembrance, Commonplace Books

Donna Goff  and her husband Roger have seven children 13-33 and ten grandchildren under eight! She converted to the church at seventeen. Donna has home educated since 1983. She has a BA in Fine Art and Design, BYU ’80/ MA Ed., GWU ‘08. Donna has been a keynote speaker and has presented at dozens of conferences in CA, NV, UT , VA, and online since 1995. She created Momculture and Mentoring Our Own  yahoo groups; founded  (2002) and  co-owns (2009) with her daughter Julia Groves. Both websites were created to assist mothers in rearing, raising, and educating their children.

Sounds fun doesn’t it? There’s also a youth track full of classes for youth, which includes a simulation! The best part of all is the price. Only $55 for you and your spouse, and $15 for youth. The Family Ball is $30 for each family, or $15 per individual.
Remember to enter for a chance to win a ticket below by putting your name in the comment box, why you want to come and then go “Like” Tree of Life Mothering on Facebook.
We are not focusing on any one type of curriculum or methodology, as  the gospel of Jesus Christ can be taught
in all things, at all times and in all places.

Please join us at the LDS Homeschool Conference on Saturday

August 11th with a bonus evening session, Fathers panel and youth panel, on Friday August 10th at American Heritage School, 
736 N. 1100 E.     American Fork, Utah.

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