The wife of one of the Mormon church’s highest general authorities is coming to Gilbert Oct. 20 to help the Val Vista Stake address some of the knottiest problems facing families and society.
Kristen Oaks, wife of Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the keynote speaker for the Family Resource Expo on the theme “Strengthening Individuals, Marriage and Families.” Church members may choose from among 31 one-hour classes spread across four time periods, starting at 9:10 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m. at the center, 1005 N. Voyager Drive.
Oaks, who holds a doctorate in education from Brigham Young University and has worked in book publishing for 15 years, married her husband, a member of the Quorum for 23 years, in 2000. She will speak at 8:30 a.m. She also will lead a class at 10:10 a.m. on “Being Single in a Family Church.”
The stake has enlisted leaders from the church with professional expertise. Seven classes will run concurrently each hour.
Among the topics are “The Importance of Finding Forgiveness in Marriage,” “Surviving and Thriving in Remarriage,” “Helping Elderly Parents,” “Protecting Your Home From Destructive Media and the Internet” and “Helping Loved Ones to Overcome Addiction to Pornography.” Other class topics include “Help in Dealing With Anxiety and Panic Attacks,” “Prevention and Treatment of Eating Disorders,” “Gospel Perspective in Dealing With Wayward Youth” and “Helping Children Deal With Divorce.” Sessions are also planned in wills and estate planning, substance abuse recognition and treatment, disciplining children and teens, same-sex attraction, attention-deficit disorder, trust and intimacy, and family finance.
There will also be a preparedness fair with booths and presentations. Information will be provided on food and water storage, medical preparedness and using the stake building as an emergency site. A PowerPoint presentation will begin at 11 a.m.
The event is limited to those 18 and older. For more information, visit family