2019 Regional Conference Workshops

Do You See What I See:  Strengthening relationships in and out of the Church

Brady Keller is a father of 6 and has been married for 19 years.  He owns a very successful pediatric dental practice in Billings, MT with over 20 employees, has served in various church callings, and enjoys trying to understand the world through the eyes of other people.

Description: We all experience the world through different lenses. The country we were born in, our religious beliefs or lack of, our experiences and even our genetic code.  This makes us unique, but also creates barriers.  In this class we will discuss how to overcome these barriers and love others for their differences.  

Fire of the Lord:  Turning down the volume in a noisy world

Janine Olsen was born in CA, raised in UT, educated in IA, refined in IN and blessed in MT. A connoisseur of music, laughter, and all things creative. Brave enough to serve in YSA, Primary, YW, Relief Society, Sunday School, and Early Morning Seminary- and lived to tell about it.  The world is a busy, loud, and distracting place. 

Description: In this breakout session we will discuss how to find ways to “turn down the volume,” reduce distractions, and reconnect with our heavenly father.

10% Happier.  Temporal and spiritual principles of financial security.

Lyle Knight currently serves as Service Mission Leader for Southern Montana and Northern Wyoming.  He also is a member of the bishopric of the Young Single Adult Ward.  Prior to retiring he served as President/CEO of First Interstate Bank.  He has also served as an advisor to Chairman Bernanke and the Federal Reserve System.  In Montana he has served as Chairman of the Montana Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Montana Bankers Association and Chairman of the Billings Clinic and Hospital.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustee at Rocky Mountain College and is a member of the National Executive Board of Boy Scouts of America. He and Toril have been married for 51 years with 5 children and 23 grandchildren.  He holds a BS degree from the University of Utah in Banking and Finance and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Description: How to be better stewards of the temporal assets the Lord has given us.  How to rely on the spirit for guidance in family financial matters.

Between Two Goods:  Taking the long view when choosing how to use our time.

Josh Muir is a dentist and board certified dental implantologist in Billings, MT. He is co-founder of Rubicon Dental Associates, the largest group of dental practices in Montana. Along with his dental degree from the Ohio State University, Josh has completed dental and surgical residencies in Georgia and Puerto Rico, and is a graduate of BYU-Idaho where he received a BS in business management.  He loves being a dad and looks forward to any time he can spend with his family. He enjoys the outdoors, dreams of extreme sports, and recently completed a Spartan race.

Description: Life is often lived minute to minute.  Running errands, working, church callings and on and on.  How do we find the balance, what should we do in our free time and how do we know that what we are doing is spiritually healthy?  In this class we’ll discuss how adopting an eternal perspective when using our time can lead to a happier more meaningful life.

Walking in the Spirit: Remaining chaste when single (and beyond)

Jeron is originally from Alberta, Canada and Lisa is from Mesa, AZ. They met at BYU where they were in the same singles ward. If you’ve seen the movie “Single’s Ward”, you know exactly how that went. They lived in AZ for 5 summers before they were able to escape to the Garden of Eden (Billings). They have been in the Blue Creek Ward, Billings South Stake for 7 years. They have been married 15 years and have 4 children: ages 12, 10, 7, and 4. Lisa is a Civil Engineer and Piano Teacher and Jeron works for Yellowstone Bank. They enjoy rock climbing and are in the process of building a home.

Description: How to live your life in a way that curbs temptations and makes keeping the commandments a joy.

Commandment Therapy:  Learning to Love ourselves through loving God and our neighbor 

Russ and Kaylene Hall have lived in Billings for over 14 years. In his 20-year career, Russ has worked with leaders at all levels in designing training and leadership programs for large corporations. His passion is building others personally and professionally. Kaylene is a School 

Counselor who specializes in social and emotional therapy for children ages 5-12. She loves helping others at school, home, and church.  They have been married for 23 years and have four children. Each of their children were born in a different state (UT, ID, MO, MT). Russ and Kaylene have served in various callings in every auxiliary. Their favorite calling was Sunday School teacher for youth 14+. 

Description: In this class we will discuss why we need to love ourselves and how to increase that love. As we serve others, we build our self-esteem and stronger relationships with those around us. You will take away practical advice on how following the spirit helps you focus on loving and serving God and others.  

Repent, Refine, Repeat 

Russ Cherry has been a trainer for some of the largest companies in the world, including ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Wells Fargo. He’s now working to spread his message around the globe. A two-time cancer survivor, Russ knows that every day is a good day, that without risk there are no rewards, and that people and companies can do more than merely survive—they can thrive. He knows that failure can be as much of a learning experience as success, and that asking the right question is more important than already knowing the answer. Russ served a mission in Arkansas and has been married to Colleen Duncan for 26 years.  Learn more at RussCherrySpeaks.com. 

Description: Failing your way to perfection via successive approximations to Christ.  (Embracing failure and applying the atonement)

Author: Billings South