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This Year's Conference Highlights

  • Pre-Conference Activity hosted by Anoka


  • Group Mixers

  • Speakers

  • Pizza/Salad Lunch

  • Preparedness Workshops

  • Information Fair

  • Service Opportunity

  • Free Time Choices

  • Temple Session

  • Picnic BBQ on the Grill

  • Dancing, & Board Games

Pre-Conference Gathering
Friday Evening

The Anoka Stake is hosting a Pre-Conference gathering at The St Paul Stake Center in New Brighton.

We will be grilling. Brats will be provided.  You are welcome to bring a meat of your choice.  Please bring something to share.


LOCATION:  100 Silver Lake Rd NW, New Brighton, MN  55112

Check-in / Gathering Games
9:00am - 9:25am

Check -in on the Northwest side of the building (by the library).  Then engage in gathering games, led by President Speak, in the gym.

Saturday Welcome /Opening 
9:30am - 9:45am

Conference welcome! OS, OP, Announcements and explain conference flow.


Large Group Workshop
9:45am - 10:30am

Susan Hill, LP- BIO

Emotional Resilience- 

We will have a conversation about emotional resilience in the context of gospel principles and the atonement.


Break Out Sessions- CHOOSE 2 of the 3 to attend
     Session 1:  10:40am - 11:25am
     Session 2:  11:35am - 12:20pm

Line Upon Line- The 4 Steps of Preparedness

Donna Sibbald- BIO

Preparedness can look like an overwhelming goal, but it is easy and natural if you break it down into logical steps.  Will it cost a lot of money?  Actually, it can SAVE you money, and it can bring the peace of mind that is beyond price.  You can choose how much you will do, and set your own pace in becoming prepared.  This class emphasizes local and church resources and a step by step approach, here a little and there a little.


Building a Strong Financial Foundation to Withstand the Storms of Life

Rob Ostler-BIO

The scriptures tell us that the wise man built his house upon the rock, and when the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, it fell not. Like the wise man's house, our financial foundations need to be built on a solid ground. To that end, we will discuss how we can apply the church's practices of "living within a budget, avoiding debt, and saving against a time of need" to prepare for life's financial storms.

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Gardening in Small Spaces

Jared Peterson-BIO

Come roll up your sleeves, and join us in this workshop, as we will examine creative ways to maximize gardening space by using ideas such as patio containers, vertical gardening, raised beds and  .  Learn about soil prep, choosing plants suited for your growing space, succession planting, crop rotation, and how to keep potential problems under control. With some dedication and hard work, we can all make the most of the small spaces that we have to garden. 

Information Fair
11:20am - 1:20pm

Chat with reps and gather information on the various programs the church offers
Pathways, Senior (25+) Service Missions, Just Serve, Addiction Recovery, Employment Center/Specialist, Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Location:  Gym

12:20pm - 1:20pm
Pizza and Caesar Salad from The Little Oven
Location:  Gym
Pepperoni, Sausage and Cheese Options, along with a Gluten Free Option will be available
Keynote Address
Be of Good Cheer and Do Not Fear
Nicole Kummala-BIO

Most of us have thought about how to prepare for storms, blizzards, and tornadoes.  We have seen and felt the suffering of men, women, and children, and of the aged and of the weak, caught in hurricanes, wars and droughts.  One reaction is to ask, “How can I be prepared?”  And there is a rush to buy water and the basic necessities and whatever people think they might need for the day they might face such calamities.  

But there is a a far more important preparation we must make for tests that will come to each of us.  What we will need during these disasters can’t be bought.  It can’t be borrowed.  It doesn’t store well.  And it has to have been used regulary and recently.  What we need in our day of calamity is a spiritual preparation.  “Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you. D&C 68:6.

Free Time 
Location:  Various Locations

2:30pm - 6:00pm

OPTION 1:  Service Project for Nursing Home



Description:  Help put together a craft to deliver to nursing home residents.

OPTION 2: Oakdale Nature Center

LOCATION:  444 Hadley Ave. N.

Description:  The Oakdale Nature Preserve, a 200-acre passive outdoor recreation area surrounds the Discovery Center. The park offers a 28-acre lake and an abundance of prairie land and mature trees. The park also includes paved hiking and biking trails, boardwalk, tennis, playground area, picnic areas, forest garden, and a large parking area at the Discovery Center.


OPTION 3: Temple Session

3PM Endowment Session

Description:  Sign up on the Temple Website if you would like to participate in the 3pm temple session, or do other ordinances during free time!

OPTION 4: Group Games

TIME: 4pm - 6pm

The Duluth Stake will lead us in some fun, interactive group games.

6:15pm - 7:15pm

Brats and Burgers on the Grill

with Chef Masters-- The Oakdale Stake Presidency

Game Room, Dessert, & Dance
7:30pm - 10:00pm
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