Family Retreat: Youth - 2022, Morristown, Tennessee

We are so excited for you to join us this year at the LDSHE East Family Retreat! There will be plenty of opportunities throughout the two days to meet new friends, get reacquainted with old ones, and increase your family unity!

We’ll start things off with an ice cream social Wednesday evening. Come eat ice cream, socialize, and get to know this year’s YCT.

Speakers like Paul Clegg, Ian Cox, Chris Jones and many others will be there to inspire, teach, and help you be excited about your future!

Games, laughter, and friendship will fill the park! Enjoy the lunchtime family activities and as requested, SNACKS, guidebooks, and backpacks are back! 

The family dance will be AMAZING! Come learn some new ones and dance the night away!

If you are finishing your homeschool career, sign up for our LDSHE Graduation ceremony. It will be unforgettable! 

We can’t wait to see you there!

***All youth must have a parent who is registered for the LDSHE conference and is present at all times at the conference while their youth are there. No exceptions***

  • Date: 12 May 2022 – 13 May 2022
  • Time: 9:00 am – 09:00 pm (EST)
  • Registration Deadlines:
    • 19 April 2022: Guaranteed bag, guidebook, and t-shirt
    • 4 May 2022: online
    • No at the door registration
  • Venue: Cherokee Park, Morristown, Tennessee
  • Youth must be 12 by the start of conference to attend

Registration Closed

9:00 am - 9:50 am Large Pavilion

Opening Keynote (Adelin and Sariah Bates)

At first glance, the adult theme, "Anchored in Christ", seems to be the opposite of the youth theme, "Rise to Your Challenge", but are they really opposites?

Sariah Bates Sariah Bates
Adelin Bates Adelin Bates
10:00 am - 10:50 am

Games

11:00 am - 11:50 am Small Pavilion

Making Friends in Micro Minutes (Miriam Palmer and Amos Clegg)

Let’s find some new, cool friends at LDSHE! Through some personality quizzes and speed friending time, you’ll have new friends in no time.

Miriam Palmer Miriam Palmer
Amos Clegg Amos Clegg
11:00 am - 11:50 am Youth Tent

Becoming a Winning Warrior (Tina Aiton)

Have you ever wondered what the purpose is of all the war chapters in the Book of Mormon? If so, it’s time to learn! In this class you will learn strategies of the winning warrior, tactics of the enemy, how to successfully fight your daily battles, and how to get back in the battle when you’ve been injured!

Tina Aiton Tina Aiton
11:00 am - 11:50 am Amphitheater

The Challenge Only the Youth Today Can Solve: Heroes, Dogs, and Changing the World! (Ian Cox)

Every new era is started by adults, but the lasting effects are determined by the youth. Ian Cox will build on his previous talk, “The People, The Mindset, and The System” to dig into what you--today’s youth--are directly facing and what you can do about it today and ten years from now.

Ian Cox Ian Cox
12:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Lunch and Family Activities

Ready to have fun with your family? Come and enjoy activities for every age!

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Small Pavilion

Boy Class - Hey Boy, Who Are You Going to Be? (Sammie and Paul Clegg)

Hey friend! Let's sit down and discuss some things the Lord wants you to know, so you can become exactly who He's envisioned you would be.

Sammie Clegg Sammie Clegg
Paul Clegg Paul Clegg
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Youth Tent

Girl Class- Hey Girl, Who Are You Going to Be? (Jess and Bill Snyder)

Hey friend! Let's sit down and discuss some things the Lord wants you to know, so you can become exactly who He's envisioned you would be.

Jess Snyder Jess Snyder
Bill Snyder Bill Snyder
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Games

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Amphitheater

Dance Class (YCT)

You wanna bust out some awesome dance moves when you get to the family dance? Come to this dance class to learn line dances and have a blast!

YCT YCT
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Youth Tent

Tips and Tools for Time Management for Home and School (Jen Altman)

As humans we wear so many hats which can be hard to juggle at times. Come learn some tips and tools to better manage our time and accomplish more throughout the day.

Jen Altman Jen Altman
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Small Pavilion

The Joy of Failure (Chris Jones)

We're all aware of the great failures in history--Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Darth Vader--but is a failure really a failure if he gets his own six-movie arc? What about the real failures--like us? We can't even get the kids to read Little Women, let alone take out the trash. What hope is there of a "well done, thou good and faithful servant" when we haven't seen our ministering families in church since the Benson Administration? Well, good news. Our failures are a feature, not a bug. And remember, we voted for this. We knew something then that we've forgotten. Let's remember it together.

Chris Jones Chris Jones
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm

How the Old Testament Made Me an Optimist: From Doom and Gloom to Looking Forward with Hope (Ian Cox)

“I used to be a full blown pessimist. However, the more I’ve studied about freedom and the worse the crisis has become, the more of an optimist I’ve become. We are in hard times and facing great struggles, there are definitely more to come. I don’t believe optimism means hard things won’t happen. It means we keep a proper focus, maintain a proper mindset, and continue proper actions.”

Come and dig into the definitive steps of a crisis. Discuss the nature of humanity and learn the indomitable power of personal mission and purpose.

Ian Cox Ian Cox
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm

The Importance of Family History and Temple Work in the Last Days (Cordell and Miriam Crawford)

As we see the world swirling with confusion and people living in chaos, we find ourselves searching for peace and ways to bring our families closer together.

As we take time to step away from the world and enter the doors of the temple, we find the peace we are searching for.

As we purposefully search out our ancestors and bind them to us eternally, we strengthen our faith and build our family relationships with those we see and love everyday and extend that strength to our family that has gone before us and those who are yet to come.

Join us as we discuss the Importance of Family History and Temple Work in the Last Days.

Cordell and Miriam Crawford Cordell and Miriam Crawford
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dinner

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Amphitheater

Family Dance

No gathering is complete without a dance. And ours is even better because it's with your family. Come for the party of a lifetime! We wish it would last a lifetime, but it's only two and a half hours... sorry. Don't forget to bring your cowboy boots and hat!

9:00 am - 9:50 am Youth Tent

Creating More Meaningful Photographs (Melanie Mauer)

Let's have fun unlocking the magic of photography together so your images are infused with more care and intention. We'll walk through dozens of tips that will help your photographs sing!

Melanie Mauer Melanie Mauer
9:00 am - 9:50 am Small Pavilion

Debate: Arguing About Your Beliefs, or Defending Them With Style? (Jess Snyder)

Come one, come all! Together we will cover the in’s and out’s of Parliamentary Debate. We will discuss the debate rules, how to prepare for a debate, what to expect during a debate, hold a mock debate to show you how it’s done, and then turn the floor over to you. Watch out mom, your kid just might mop the floor with you!

Jess Snyder Jess Snyder
9:00 am - 9:50 am Amphitheater

Choose Your Own Adventure (Chris Jones)

Stories from history are fun to listen to. Know what's more fun? Playing one. Wanna play?

Chris Jones Chris Jones
9:00 am - 9:50 am

The People, The Mindset, and the System: American Heroes (Ian Cox)

Why did the American Experiment work? What made the difference? How did it produce one of the most prosperous and free eras the world has ever seen? Can this legacy be continued today? There are three key aspects we must understand to fully answer these questions:
1) The culture of the general people
2) The mindset and education of the people
3) The systems that are for and by the people
Join Ian Cox as we explore the fundamental aspects of American Heroes that have produced more freedom and prosperity for more people than ever before in world history.

Ian Cox Ian Cox
9:00 am - 9:50 am

Lights, Camera, Testimony (Cristin Tillinghast)

We all have moments when we feel we have to "perform." This class looks at finding our hot spot, looking straight into the camera and declaring who we are, no script needed.

Cristin Tillinghast Cristin Tillinghast
10:00 am - 10:50 am

Games

11:00 am - 11:50 am Amphitheater

Standing in Holy Places: Bringing Yourself Into Every Room (Cristin Tillinghast)

A fun, highly interactive audition class that will have your spirit lighting up every room.

Cristin Tillinghast Cristin Tillinghast
11:00 am - 11:50 am Small Pavilion

Drawing (Rachel Scoresby)

Bust out the paper and pencil and come draw your very own, original character—start to finish. Want to draw a Ninja? A Pirate? A Soccer Player? A thief with a mechanical eye that allows him to see one minute into the future? You got it! We’ll be talking faces, noses, eyes, hair, and the secret sauce that makes every character concept pop off the paper.

Rachel Scoresby Rachel Scoresby
11:00 am - 11:50 am Youth Tent

Test? Trials? Bring It On!! (Sara Price)

You were divinely created to do hard things. It’s a good thing that you are Amazing…or Fantastic…or Awesome…you get to choose what you are! We have all heard that life is a test but have you ever heard that God himself prepared you for your test? What’s even cooler is that you have an amazing big brother who will help you through your test. You have more strength than you know. Life is hard, but guess what? It’s supposed to be. Thank heavens that you can do hard things!

Sara Price Sara Price
12:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Lunch and Family Activities

Ready to have fun with your family? Come and enjoy activities for every age!

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Youth Tent

Make Your Mark (Chris Jones)

A Viking knew he had lived a good life if, at the end of it, the bards made a song out of it. Today, we'd probably be happy with a YouTube video, or maybe a three-part limited series on Netflix. But do we have to wait until we're dead for that? (The answer is more complicated than you might think.) And how do we live that kind of life? (That's a little less complicated than you might think.) With advice from Plato, Parley Pratt, and Phineas (and Ferb), let's figure out together how to make a mark that lasts--and might be worth a song or two.

Chris Jones Chris Jones
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Amphitheater

Water, Rats, Faith (Paul Clegg)

In this class, we will be building our personal strength and faith in a world that thrives on failure and schadenfreude. We will focus on how simple things create big actions, either good or bad, how to watch out for pitfalls of life, and how to prepare now for trials later.

Paul Clegg Paul Clegg
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Small Pavilion

Writing Characters Who Become Favorites (Rachel Scoresby)

Whether your main character is a runaway space cadet, a seventh grader with a portal in their laundry basket, or a crime-fighting hamster, they have what it takes to become your reader’s new favorite character. And YOU have what it takes to create that favorite character. Get ready to step into the fantastical land of Oatlore, home to some of the most diverse, most memorable characters this side of the O’Creamy Sea. Get ready to meet some of those characters and create a few of your own as you learn how to make the main character in your story your reader’s new favorite.

Rachel Scoresby Rachel Scoresby
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Games

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Large Adult Pavilion

Closing Keynote

Obedience is not a four-letter word. Striving to understand the light of Christ in our lives leads us to the path of our genuine self, a magnification of our gifts that comes from obedience. The Lord blesses us at all times, even in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Cristin Tillinghast Cristin Tillinghast
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dinner

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Amphitheater

Graduation