Mainstage Presentation - Stories at the Foot of the Bed
Stories as are old as time and cover the globe. But the most powerful stories are the ones told in your own home. Join us for this main stage presentation where we’ll hear from Karen about how you can connect with your children by telling stories at the foot of their bed; Steve will share how we can use story to influence our families; Syd will perform one of his favorite family tales; and Scot and Maurine will discuss their experiences of how family stories can impact generations. It will be an hour you won’t want to miss!
Steve works FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world and is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Steve interacts with people around the world and enjoys the opportunity to help others connect with their family. His professional experience includes 20 years of strategic business development. Steve and his wife Marisa live in Highland, Utah and are the parents of two wonderful children.
Karen worked as a full-time homemaker, and as her children grew, she developed a tremendous love for gardens and children’s education. Karen shared her love of gardens in a major way when she and her husband founded Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah, a 52-acre garden for families. Karen serves as a Young Women general board member and has served as a mission president’s wife in the Toronto Canada Mission and on the Primary general board for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Karen is a lover of the arts and a good story is the founder of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.
Maurine Proctor is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Meridian Magazine (www.ldsmag.com), an Internet magazine for Latter-day Saints, updated daily. With her husband, Scot, she has written several photographic books, including Witness of the Light: A Photographic Journey in the Footsteps of the American Prophet Joseph Smith and The Revised and Enhanced History of Joseph Smith by His Mother. She has taught Institute, wrote “The Spoken Word” for 15 years and is the mother of eleven children.
Syd is an internationally acclaimed storyteller, an award-winning teacher, and an author. He has appeared at major storytelling festivals across the country, including eight featured appearances at the National Festival in Jonesborough, TN; at the Glistening Waters Storytelling Festival in New Zealand; and on American Public Radio’s “Good Evening” as a guest storyteller and host. The Kennedy Center has invited him to Washington to teach in its professional development program for educators He also co-directed an annual institute at the Chicago History Museum, helping teachers use storytelling to teach Mexican history and culture. Syd was one of eight storytellers sent by the National Storytelling Network to work with Disney World’s writers and directors.