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Healing journey leads to ‘Spiritually Healed’ conference at Weber State

By Janae Francis, Standard-Examiner Staff - | Apr 30, 2016

OGDEN — One woman’s losses and her journey to heal are the inspiration behind a ”Spiritually Healed” conference scheduled May 7 in the Shepherd Union Building Ballrooms at Weber State University, 3848 Harrison Blvd. in Ogden.

After her journey to recovery from losing both her husband and her house for a time, Brenda Mower-Lindsay of Taylor wanted to inspire others with stories of faith and courage to carry on.

The conference, now in its second year, will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged at the conference’s website  and the cost to attend is $15 with other options for lunch and discounts for couples.

“I came out with a fresh outlook on life,” said Virginia Molyneax of Riverdale, who attended the event in its first year last spring. “I came away feeling really good and very positive. It was a reminder that heaven is very close.”

Mower-Lindsay will speak at the conference. She tells of her father talking her out of her extreme emotions Sept. 4, 2002, when she was pregnant and her house was on fire.

“All of the sudden, I stopped screaming and was completely calmed,” she said. “I needed that from my dad. I needed to realize that my family and I had lived through it. He reached through my stunned shock and reminded me that my most important thing, my family, was safe.”

She tells of another miracle she experienced after the death of her husband, Brett Mower, before her baby, Courtney, was born. She said she experienced great depression until she dreamed of her late husband visiting her and telling her to live.

“Not only was I going to live but on my obituary, it was going to say that I really lived,” she said. “I went from wanting to die to wanting to live each day to the fullest. I wasn’t just living for my kids now, I was going to start living for me.”

Also speaking at his year’s conference will be Jason Hansen, the father of Kennedy Hansen, who died May 30, 2014, from complications of Juvenile Batten Disease. He will be speaking of his family’s journey with Kennedy as she faced her terminal illness.

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Kennedy’s story is told on the website Kennedy’s Hugs

Lori Conger will be speaking of her experience in Cokeville, Wyoming, in what has come to be known as ”The Cokeville Miracle” and has inspired a film by that name. She is one of the survivors of a man attempting to blow up a school with a bomb.

Also speaking will be Staci Sadler, who will speak about her mother and love of mothers, and Benjamin White, who will discuss the importance of each person in the world.

Country singer Kathi Deem will perform, as well as singer/songwriter Alison Chapman and pianist David Laws.

Laurie Walker of Riverdale said she was struggling when she attended last year. She said the conference helped her realize she was not alone in her trials.

“People talked about how they got over things and that helped me with healing,” she said. “I walked away feeling really good.”

The conference is open to the public. The cost is $15 either with pre-registration or at the door.

You may reach reporter JaNae Francis at 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or like her on Facebook. 

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