2008 San Diego Labor Day Weekend
LDS Single Adult Conference

Thursday, August 28 through Monday, September 1


Temple and Fireside Speakers

President David Sorenson   President David and Sister Verla Sorenson
David Eugene Sorenson (born 29 June 1933) was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) who served in the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy and a member of the Presidency of the Seventy. Brother Sorensen was born in Aurora, Sevier County, Utah. As a young man he served as a Mormon missionary in the Central Atlantic States Mission. He was a business owner prior to his call as a general authority. Prior to becoming a general authority, he was a bishop and a stake president. He also served as president of the Canada Halifax Mission. Brother Sorensen was called as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy in June 1992. He was then called as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 1995. He served as Executive Director of the church's Temple Department while he was a general authority. Brother Sorensen also served as president of the North America West and the Asia North Areas of the church at various times as well as serving as counselor in other area presidencies. From 1998 to 2005, Brother Sorensen was a member of the Presidency of the Seventy. After being made an emeritus general authority in 2005, Sorensen became the president of the San Diego California Temple. President Sorensen and his wife Verla Anderson have seven children.

Keynote Speaker

Karen Davidson   Karen Davidson, Ph.D.
Sister Davidson is a popular inspirational speaker and author. She is the author of Our Latter-day Hymns: The Stories and the Messages (Deseret Book, 1988). In addition to working on a volume of Eliza R. Snow’s poetry, she also serves as co-editor of one of the volumes of the Joseph Smith Papers. More...

She earned a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Southern California. She is currently on the English faculty at Mayfield Senior School and has formerly taught in the English Department of Brigham Young University.

Sacrament Meeting Speakers

Richard Brady   President Richard and Sister Janice Brady
Richard B. Brady is the President of the California Carlsbad Mission. He now claims he is from Carlsbad, but prior to his current assignment, he and his family lived in Orem, Utah. President Brady is a former stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, bishop (twice), high counselor, ward young single adult advisor, and assistant scoutmaster. He especially loved being the assistant scoutmaster, because it meant all he had to do was be a friend to the scouts and go camping. As a young man, President Brady served a mission in Bolivia.

Professionally, President Brady has been an executive with technology companies and a management consultant to utilities. He received a BS in civil engineering and an MBA from Brigham Young University.

Janice M. Brady is currently serving as companion to her husband in the California Carlsbad Mission. She is a former ward young single adult advisor, Relief Society humanitarian aid coordinator, compassionate service leader, enrichment leader, ward Young Women president, counselor in ward Relief Society and Primary presidencies, and a Primary teacher.

Sister Brady attended Weber State University and Brigham Young University. She has been a full-time mother and has devoted many of her talents to special education programs, as the Brady's youngest daughter has Down syndrome. Sister Brady has been actively involved in the community and was serving on the Timpanogos Story Telling Festival Committee prior to her mission call.

President and Sister Brady have three children, two of whom are married. They are also the grateful grandparents of two grandchildren.

Workshop Speakers

David Cohen   David Cohen, MD.  
Dr. David B. Cohen is the son of "Mormon Rabbi", Irving H. Cohen. Over the past several years Dr. Cohen has taken many parts of the "Torah" (the Jewish Bible) and translated it back into the original Hebrew. What began as a casual research endeavor turned into a major project which resulted in a 400 page manuscript -- insights and discoveries that Dr. Cohen will share in his workshops.

Dr. Cohen is a practicing physician and the founder of Zion Eye Institute in Saint George, Utah and Las Vegas, Nevada. He received his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University, attended medical school at the University of Utah, and did his internship at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). See www.zioneyeinstitute.com for more information.