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What Unites Us is Greater Than What Divides Us

Date: Saturday June 23, 2018
Location: Boise Idaho

To all Restoration Branches:

We are delighted to invite all churches, branches, and groups everywhere, with ties to the original restoration of the gospel through Joseph Smith, to participate in a gathering to promote understanding and fellowship.

It is indeed an exciting time for us as great light is available and increasing, but darkness is also answering in kind. It is our hope that after 175 years of incongruity and separation, we can come together in love and unity, and celebrate our similarities. We hope that we can meet together, bringing open hearts and minds, and learn from one another. We see no reason to fear different ideas, traditions, or beliefs, but desire to celebrate our common roots and hopes for Zion.

This conference is open to all people who rejoice in the Gospel of Jesus Christ restored through Joseph Smith. We, a group of fellow believers in Boise, are hosting this one-day conference, and inviting speakers from all the various groups who wish to participate. The purpose is not to evangelize or convert one another, but rather to understand one another and seek common ground. We will also worship through hymns and music, and a fellowshipping potluck dinner after the meeting at a local park.

We look forward to increased understanding and friendship between the various groups, based on our shared beliefs.

Please see the rest of this website for more detailed information.

Location

The conference meetings will be held at the Student Union building at Boise State University. Boise State’s campus is situated in the heart of Boise, Idaho, across the river from a beautiful downtown area, and nestled amidst a forest of trees.

Boise’s Downtown is voted one of the best downtowns in the nation and  features a strikingly clean environment filled with pubs, great restaurants, and other cool entrepreneurial endeavors. With Boise’s beautiful setting—bounded by the Rocky Mountains, wooded Boise River and Western high desert—we’re certain your trip to Boise will be enjoyable and relaxing.

If you are looking for a centralized area for your stay, anywhere in the Boise City area will give you close access to BSU.

Conference Address: 1700 W. University Drive, Boise, Idaho

Directly after the conference, we will host a potluck at Julia Davis Boise Pavillion at Julia Davis Park.

Schedule and Speakers

Conference Schedule:

Boise State University, Student Union Building
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Part 1: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Lunch: 12:30-1:45 PM (Lunch on your own)
Part 2: 1:45-5:30 PM

Potluck Dinner at Julia Davis Park: 5:45 PM

Conference events will include speakers from the various restoration branches, worship through music, and opportunities to know one another better in love and fellowship.

A more detailed outline of the meeting schedule and speakers will be provided as we finalize the conference program.

Directly after the conference, we will host a potluck in a nearby city park:

Location:  Julia Davis Boise Pavillion at Julia Davis Park.

Julia Davis Park is located along the Boise River just south of downtown. The park may be accessed from S. Capitol Blvd on the west and from 3rd Street, south of Myrtle.

Please bring a veggie platter, fruit tray, or dessert to the potluck. The main dishes will be provided.

The potluck will begin at 5:30 PM.

Additional Information

We really hope to fill all the seats in the conference room at Boise State. There are up to 140 seats available, so please invite all who may be interested.

If you would like to speak at the conference, please contact us on the contact form provided. If you are interested in attending the conference, please use the registration link on the menu. We will provide further updates as they become available.

As the signs in the heavens are testifying of God’s latter-day work, and prophecies are being fulfilled, we feel the need to unite in the hope that Zion will come, and that the work Joseph Smith started can finally come to fruition. We believe that God is still working through the restoration to fulfill His promises, gather Israel, and bring together the group of gentiles who will assist the remnant in building a city, which shall be called the New Jerusalem. (3 Nephi 21: 23-25)

It is our hope that many people will heed this call to come together in love and fellowship and that we can get to know more of our restoration brothers and sisters.

Cost:

Conference activities and events will be free of charge. Any who wish to donate to offset the facility rental are welcome to contact us.

Attendees should be prepared to pay for normal expenses, such as traveling costs, housing costs, and meal costs, however, there will be no charge for admission to the conference or potluck.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the organizers of this conference?

We are a group of people living in the Boise area who are passionate about the Gospel restored through Joseph Smith. Many of us are former LDS who saw inconsistencies with the LDS church and the original church restored through Joseph. We believe that the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel, and that no man should become between us and God. It is our belief that God is still working to bring about the fulness of the restoration, fulfill His covenants, and bring forth the promised last days Zion.

Are the rumors true?

As is too often the case, some groups and individuals tend to view any honest effort by others with suspicion. This is certainly understandable, given the too-often competitive nature of the various branches of the restoration. We hope the spirit of competition will be laid aside for this conference, and that we can all come together as equal believers and seekers. Here are some important points to know:

1. The only official source of information about this conference is this website. Any other information, obtained from any other person or group, is not reliable. Don’t believe fear-based rumors.

2. Various people have reached out to groups and individuals in the spirit of inviting them to participate. These should be understood as personal invitations, rather than official pronouncements by the conference organizers.

3. Likewise, we’re aware of at least one organization who, based on false information, has warned their members not to attend. This is unfortunate. As seekers of truth, we need to lay aside fear and mistrust of one another.

4. This conference is being organized by a group of level-headed, scripturally knowledgable, seekers of truth, who desire fellowship with all who believe in the restoration of the Gospel.

What is the purpose of this conference?

The point of the conference is for people to have an opportunity to come together on “neutral ground” and celebrate the things that unite, rather than divide, all of us who look to Joseph Smith as our founding prophet. We hope to have a day filled with gathering truth, learning from each other, and making new friends.

Is there a hidden agenda?

There is no hidden agenda. The purpose is not to evangelize or convert one another, but rather to understand one another and seek common ground. There is nothing to fear. The conference organizers will not tolerate behavior contrary to what is listed here.

Who will be speaking?

We will have a variety of speakers from the various branches of the restoration. Speakers are not expected to speak in any official capacity, or act as official representatives of any restoration branch. The focus will be on Jesus Christ and the work He started through Joseph Smith.

Who should attend?

Anyone who has ties to the original church restored through Joseph Smith, believes in the Book of Mormon, or who desires to get to know and understand others with similar beliefs should attend! We don’t particularly care what branch you come from, who you worship with, or whether we all agree on everything. There is more than enough basis in the restored gospel for us to fellowship with each other.

What should I expect the day of the conference?

We have reserved a beautiful meeting room in the Student Union Building at Boise State University. We will have the room setup classroom style with tables and chairs. Snacks will be provided throughout the day (free of charge) as well as coffee and tea service. The meeting will consist of carefully chosen speakers, amazing music, and worship through prayer. There will be small breaks during the day to stand up and stretch and get to know others. A potluck picnic is scheduled at a nearby park directly following the conference meeting. The main dish and water will be provided. Conference attendees are encouraged to bring a simple side dish and are welcome to stay until dark. We look forward to a wonderful day!

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