Saturday, July 28, 2018

2017 details below, 2018 coming soon!
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Irvine Stake Center
23 Lake Rd
Irvine, CA 92604

See the Saturday Page for the entire Saturday schedule.

Mark Hobbins

Thy Friends Do Stand By Thee  (Keynote Address)

Lake Chapel, 9:30 am

How do you see the singles program? A way to just find a date, or perhaps it’s something a little bit more?  As singles, we need other singles for strength and support. The ways the Lord blesses us is often through the friendship of other singles. So, what is exactly a friend? And how can we truly stand by each other? Learn ways to be a true friend to strengthen, encourage, and support other singles, while also being open to receive that friendship from others.

Single Parenting the Mormon Way

Ocean Side Relief Society Room, 12:10 pm

Being a single parent is hard enough. In his merciful way, the Lord has provided principals, practices and resources to assist you. Participants will learn 3 key parenting principles, learn the pattern for changing behavior, and assess your access to resources you need to lighten your load.

Following Promptings: The Key to Happiness

River Side Relief Society Room, 2:00 pm

Promptings or spiritual nudges are part of everyday life.  Is it me or does it come from God?  Participants will: 1) Review the teachings about the influence of the spirit of God. 2) Learn the key to assess whether it comes from God. 3) Learn how to trust God in order to follow promptings more often.

Bio – Mark Hobbins is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Center For Discovery, the nation’s largest provider of eating disorder and behavioral health treatment programs in the US.  Mark is also the Chairman of the board of, a leading online resource for parenting and relationship education.   Mark has passionately pursued his mission of empowering individuals and strengthening families for over 30 years.  He has served on several boards in the behavioral health industry, including as a member of the Colleague Panel for the Council on Accreditation, and as a board member of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Industry Council, National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camps, Project Heal and has been a consulting expert for numerous media organizations; including CBS, NBC, People Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, LA Times, and the NY times.   Mark has consulted with and appeared on various television shows throughout the world, including BRAT CAMP, Britain’s youngest boozers, A&E Intervention, Tyra Banks and Dr. Phil.  Mark has authored and co-authored dozens of articles, courses and workbooks to help parents improve their parenting skills and strengthen their family.

Mark fulfilled a full time mission in the New York Rochester Mission and has served as a Bishop,  member of the Santa Margarita Stake Presidency and is currently serving as a counselor in the California Irvine Mission.

Of course, Mark feels his greatest blessing is his 36 year marriage to the former Diane Sasine.   Diane and Mark are the parents of seven children and 15 grandchildren.

Taylor Hartman

Color Code Personality Science: Which Hue Are You?

Woodbridge Chapel, 11:00 am, 12:10 pm, 2:00 pm

The Color Code Personality Assessment is the most accurate, comprehensive, ans easy-to-use personality test available. Unlike other personality tests, The Color Code not only identifies what you but why do it, allowing you to gain much deeper, and more useful insights into what makes you and those around you tick.

Take the Free Personality Test to find your color code personality.

Bio – Taylor Hartman heads his company, Taylor Hartman Enterprises, Inc. His corporation’s single purpose is to educate people from all walks of life about themselves and how they can most effectively enhance their personal and professional relationships through keynote speeches, training and workshops, coaching, and consulting.

Dr. Hartman’s first book, The Color Code (now titled The People Code), published by Simon and Schuster, is an international best seller and has been translated into nine languages. It has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

Dr. Hartman’s second book, Color Your Future, enriches and deepens the revolutionary theory initially expressed in The Color Code. His five subsequent books offer specific methods and a powerful system for developing a charactered life.

Dr. Howard Cohn, D.C.

The Ultimate Health Workshop

River Side Relief Society Room, 11:00 am, 12:10 pm

If you could change anything about your health no matter what anyone has ever told you is possible, what would that be? In this workshop you will not only get ALL your health questions answered, but you will see live demonstrations on a handful of workshop attendees to find and fix some of their so-called unfixable health issues.

Bio – Since 1990, Dr. Howard Cohn has been President and Founder of the Cohn Health Institute. Dr. Cohn has lectured and taught internationally on the subjects of diet, nutrition, and natural and alternative health care for over two decades. During that time, he has acted as a product trainer with-in the Direct Sales and Network Marketing industry, and has been intimately involved in product development and the testing of thousands of nutritional and health products since 1990.

His professional training and education spans more than two decades. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1986 from State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in 1989 from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. His post-graduate work is extensive, and he has spent nearly a decade as a Board Member of the International College of Applied Kinesiology.

Dr Cohn believes the body was designed to heal itself as long as it’s given the correct basic building blocks in order to do so, and is allowed to function free of interference.

Stan Crippen

Success, Priorities, and Happiness

Ocean Side Primary Room, 11:00 am, 12:10 pm

Joseph Smith is quoted as saying that “Happiness is the object and design of our existence”.  It is the ultimate goal of all of us, and is greatly influenced by our life experience, and how that has affected the priorities we select. We will explore definitions of success and what prophets have taught us about obtaining happiness in our life. 

Bio – Stan Crippen has been a high school teacher for over 30 years, in addition to being a Marriage, Family, and Child therapist.  He and his wife Mary live in Wildomar, California and are the parents of six children and the grandparents of thirty-three.  They met on the ferry boat in Balboa Island, California, during college and were introduced to the church two months after they met.  They joined the church in 1972, and were married in the Los Angeles temple one year later.  Stan has served as a Seminary and Institute teacher, Young Men’s President, Bishop, stake presidency counselor, and is currently serving as a counselor in the Riverside California mission presidency.

He has taught for the Church Educational System’s Especially for Youth, Education Days, and Campus Education Week programs for both youth and adults.  One of his most unique teaching experiences occurred when he was an early morning seminary instructor for the church at the same time he was a teacher for Mater Dei Catholic High School.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Chapman College in Orange, California and his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Baptist College in Riverside, California

Henry Ammar

The Truth Will Set You Free

Social Hall, 11:00 am, 12:10 pm

Dive into the truth about yourself, and about life in a loving way, that can create a deep internal freedom. Learn ways to discern and get to the truth that will powerfully serve you and those around you.

Understanding and Tapping Into Your Power: Gain Confidence & Clarity

Social Hall, 2:00 pm

Has the world left you leaving feeling done and alone? Are you just going through the motions in your life? Come and understand who you are on a deeper level, and learn to tap into the power you have inside.

Bio – Henry Ammar, founder and CEO of MakeItHappen.Life, is an award-winning empowerment coach, an impact entrepreneur, a creative, and a visionary leader with in-depth experience in the personal development, business leadership, entertainment, real estate, and education industries.

As a keynote speaker and empowerment coach, he has positively impacted hundreds of thousands of lives internationally. In his professional career, Henry has performed on a Grammy Award-winning album and traveled the world sharing the stage with legends. Henry went from creating music to creating businesses growing them locally from Los Angeles to international successes in just one year.

He went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. Upon graduating, he put his knowledge to use by overseeing the investment and management of over $2 billion dollars in real estate in just three years.

Henry’s true passion lies in the privilege to use his leadership, strengths, and successes to positively impact individuals, businesses, and community.

His most recent brainchild, MakeItHappen.Life, was created to inspire and give energetic and real-world strategies that lead to an exhilarating, authentic life full of empowerment and success.

Henry is a Certified Life Transformation Coach, Neuro-Linguistic Life Coach, TimeLine Coach & Trauma Release Specialist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Reiki I & II, and a recipient of top leadership and life coaching awards. Henry is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and has been published in Forbes.

Brother Ammar currently serves as a Second Counselor in the Bishopric of the Sherman Oaks Ward, Granada Hills California Stake.

Sy Kimball

Personal Recollections of BYU Sports Giants

Lake Chapel, 12:10 pm

View historic highlights, of BYU’s greatest sports moments from an insider. As one of the largest school’s donors, Sy frequently travels with the team and was best friends with LaVell Edwards for years before Coach Edwards’ death in 2016.

Bio – Sy Kimball’s love for BYU began in 1941 after he received a scholarship to play quarterback for the football team. However, shortly after the season started, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, which ended Sy’s football career.  He enlisted in the navy and proudly defended our country in World War II.

Sy met his lovely wife, Bette, at BYU.  Their union resulted in 4 children, 21 grandchildren and 75 great grandchildren (anticipated as of July).

Sy came from humble beginnings in Kanosh, Utah, but became quite successful in real estate development.  Sy donated a prime piece of real estate in Malibu, overlooking the pacific ocean, to the BYU sports program.  The Church sold the property and used the money to build one of America’s best collegiate sporting facilities.  Since this first donation, Sy Kimball has been actively involved in fund raising efforts for the BYU athletics programs,

Sy recommended to President Bateman that 71 individuals be asked to donate one million dollars each.  President Batement agreed so long as Sy donated the first million.  Later, in 2007, Sy, sitting behind BYU President Cecil Samuelson at the Mountain West Basketball Tournament, proposed a plan which included asking 400 people to donate $25,000, each. President Samuelson said, “Okay, Sy, you’ve got to put in the first  $100,000.”  Sy agreed and the Coaches Circle was born.

Sy Kimball has been honored on many occasions by BYU for his decades of service and generosity to BYU athletics, including during the 2008 homecoming game. He has being awarded a Presidential Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award and was acknowledged by Elder Holland as being the largest donor in the history of the school.

Sy Kimball’s fund raising activities have kept him in close contact with BYU’s sports greats.  He frequently travels with the team and was best friends with Lavelle Edwards for years before Coach Edwards’ death in 2016.

Kevin Monson

Workshops in English

A God Who Makes, Remembers, and Keeps His Promises  

Ocean Side Relief Society Room, 2:00 pm

Knowing that God makes, remembers, and keeps His promises is the foundation of the confidence that we need to act on His commandments and counsel.

Goals That Work

Ocean Side Relief Society Room, 3:10 pm

We make lots of goals.  We achieve few of them.  Perhaps we can do better by making better goals.

Workshops in Spanish/ Clases en español

Un Dios Quien Hace, Recuerda, y Cumple Con Sus Promesas

Ocean Side Young Women Room, 11:00 am

Saber que Dios hace, recuerda, y cumple con sus promesas es la base de la confianza que necesitamos para guardar Sus mandamientos y consejo.

Metas Que Funcionan

Ocean Side Young Women Room, 12:10 pm

Hacemos muchas metas.  Alcanzamos pocas de ellas.  Quizas podemos hacer mejor por hacer metas mejores.

Bio – Kevin Monson currently and happily serves as a seminary and gospel doctrine teacher in the Cordata Park Ward, Huntington Beach California Stake.  Brother Monson has served twice as bishop, a counselor in the stake presidency, and mission president of the Uruguay Montevideo West Mission.  Brother Monson is married to his wife, Susie, and has four children, and nine grandchildren.  He would rather be eating cheeseburgers at TK’s in Huntington Beach, shrimp tacos at Baja Fish in Costa Mesa, or fried chicken at the Plaza Inn in Disneyland.

Judy Wells


Room 20 (Ocean Side), 11:00 am, 12:10 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:10 pm

“Lifeline” is a brief, introspective, hands on and tightly contained exercise that allows participants to become more conscious of the patterns and attitudes that permeate their lives. Improved understanding of who we are gives us brighter hope that our role in life is meaningful. Lifeline challenges us to see our role in life in a new light.

Bio – Judy Wells is an educational and motivational speaker who has addressed adults, young adults and youth for over 20 years. Judy specializes in helping adults and youth find their “way of being” by addressing interpersonal relationships, self-confidence, image, and spiritual core. One of Judy’s specialties is an interactive experience known as “Life Line” that helps participants identify some of their core thought processes and that helps them to see for themselves how they treat others. Judy has inspired countless youth and adults to change their behavior and stop bullying, teasing and hazing through her speeches and workshops. She has been a child educational advocate, helping children with learning differences, including ADD, ADHD, Autism, dyslexia and other differences, to negotiate appropriate accommodations in the school system that will help them to succeed academically. Judy’s natural warmth, experiences and stories naturally draw listeners and help shaper their perspectives.

“Lifeline” is a brief, introspective, hands on and tightly contained exercise that allows participants to become more conscious of the patterns and attitudes that permeate their lives. Improved understanding of who we are gives us brighter hope that our role in life is meaningful. Lifeline challenges us to see our role in life in a new light.

Dawn L. Armstrong

From Broken to Beautiful

Lake Chapel, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm

Come and Listen to some of the most powerful life lessons and begin to see your value in God’s plan more than you ever have before. “From Broken to Beautiful” outlines how to heal from the wounds of this world, and go on to live an extraordinary life.

Bio – Dawn L. Armstrong is a humanitarian, speaker, blogger, and lover of all people. Dawn came from very humble beginnings, yet managed to fight her way out of abuse, extreme poverty and statistics. Throughout her career, Dawn served as a Director at St. Mark’s Hospital for 13 years, where she specialized in addiction recovery, motivational workshops, clinical care & sensitivity training. Dawn was the first person in the State of Utah to achieve several National Awards for Excellence, and has served as a consultant for several hospitals throughout the Intermountain West.

Although she very much enjoyed her career, Dawn’s heart has always lied in service. She enjoys her work within various homeless foundations, women’s prisons and juvenile detentions centers. Dawn has served as a mentor for the People Helping People Foundation, who’s mission is to create opportunity and aid for young single mothers, leading them back on the road to success. She currently works with youth, women and men throughout the world, and treasures any opportunity to help others realize their potential, their power and God given divinity.

Dawn’s crowing glory is her husband Craig, and 8 beautiful children Anthony, Tre, Drew, Ethan, Julian, Ava, Sophie and Payton. They are her world and the loves of her life.

Dawn recently started a blog called where she tackles life, love and the pursuit of joyful living. She is currently writing her autobiography, “A New Dawn” which highlights the struggle to break the chains of abuse, neglect, and poverty. In it she provides insight on how to heal from the wounds of this world, and go on to have an extraordinary life.

Alex Taka

The Jungle Cruise Survival Guide

River Side Primary Room, 11:00 am, 12:10 pm

Wave goodbye to the folks on the dock! You are about to take a virtual voyage aboard this “world famous cruise” into the jungles of the world and learn important skills and tips that will help you survive the perils of singledom. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you may even make it back to civilization. 

The Universe and You

River Side Primary Room, 2:00 pm

From the infinitely large to the infinitesimally small, lets take a journey through God’s awesome and wondrous universe. Then using the scriptures and the testimony of church members and leaders lets find out where and how you fit in the vastness of His Creation.

Bio – Single. Mormon. Dad. Brother Takahashi is a divorce survivor and father to four great kids, three of which he raised on his own after becoming single. The youngest is now a sophomore in college. He has a masters degree in International Business Administration and once worked for a Japanese company in Mexico. He is a huge fan of Disney music, movies, and the theme parks. He lives in San Diego and enjoys going to the zoo to talk with the animals.

He loves to serve the members of the church and among his many callings, he has served as an Elders Quorum President, Stake High Council member, Gospel Doctrine Teacher and is currently serving as a counselor in the bishopric of his ward. He served a full-time mission in Japan Sapporo and still speaks Japanese somewhat fluently. Yoroshiku.

Michael G. Wallace

Miracles Really Do Happen Today  – Setting and Achieving Your Dreams!

High Council Room (River Side), 11:00 am, 3:10 pm

Start living a powerful life – the life you dreamed of! It is never to late to achieve what your heart desires. We all have dreams, so start making the miracles happen by setting and achieving your goals!

Bio – Michael G. Wallace was living life as he thought everyone else was living life and didn’t want to burden others with all the things which were going on in his life, simple because he thought this was what life was all about, striving to become better and working through all the issues which come up in life. After certain events that took place 20 years ago he ended up going into a deep depression and turned to food to fill the void. Fast forward 16 years Michael found himself weighting 420 pounds.

Many months before finding himself at this weight he gave up dreaming of ever living a life where he was at an average weight, or even an above average weight. Through different events which started taking place in October 2013 Michael started on a journey to lose weight. Michael had successfully lost 45 pounds from being 420 pounds but started to gain all his weight back.  It wasn’t till September 2, 2014 where Michael really started to on his journey for losing weight by eating clean. This is where Michael’s life changed forever.

Successfully losing 255 pounds since September 2, 2014, Michael continues the journey today by setting goals to improve his life even more. He invites you to come listen to his story because he believes in you. Whatever you set your mind to you can and will achieve!

Michael J. Lavery

Sharpen the Pen to Sharpen the Mind: Your Hands Grow Your Brain

Ocean Side Primary Room, 2:00 pm, 3:10 pm

Come learn how the art of communicating through symbols written with the human hand, fosters brain health and development.  Discover your creativity, reawaken your imagination, and activate your healing through the power of penmanship.

Bio – Michael J. Lavery is a pioneer in the field of applied neuroscience and brain function. He is an internationally renowned brain coach and trainer to athletes from all walks of life. He has over 29 years experience in research in the plasticity of the human brain and how overall whole brain power potential can be harnessed.

Coach Lavery has been featured on the front cover of the Orange County Register and has been twice interviewed by The BBC radio program. Michael has appeared on the David Letterman Show, and made ESPN Sport’s Center Top Ten Plays of the Day.  He also has been featured in prominent newspaper and magazine articles about his pioneering ambidexterity skills in the sports of tennis and golf. Coach Lavery also holds eight hand to eye coordination world records from Universal Records Data Base.

Michael J. Lavery was one of the first men to describe direct relationships to brain growth in the central nervous system and how it relates to across the board ambidexterity training, memory enhancement and dual handed fine motor controls of penmanship skills.

This breakthrough is now being connected to the theory that the hands actually grow the brain and that this growth is due in major part to the myelination process. This in turn now changes the brain and body chemistry resulting in increased muscle mass and muscle density.

Coach Michael Lavery’s clients report major strides and improvements in endeavors such as improved academic performance, golf, tennis, baseball, playing musical instruments, communications skills and enhanced short term memory processing,

Other benefits include mood elevation, greater capacity to focus, enhanced sleep, less stress, faster reaction time in sports and greater control and steadiness in the hands, Michael is a proud father of four boys and currently practices in Laguna Beach, California.

Bernice Andersen

Self Improvement Projects on a Budget

High Council Room (River Side), 12:10 pm, 2:00 pm

An interactive workshop offering tips on how to look and be your best self, and attract the perfect mate on a budget.

Stem Cell Health: How Positive Thinking Creates Healthy Cells

River Side Young Women Room, 3:10 pm

With an overwhelming amount of research coming out how negative emotions can damage our body’s cells, this lends much credibility to the belief, that our mind does create all matter. What one regularly thinks becomes our reality, causing poisonous thoughts to manifest itself as diseases, unfortunate events, and other negativity in our life. Positive energy expands our body’s cells, while negative energy contracts them. 

Bio – A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Bernice draws much of her organic approach to skincare from its rich Spanish culture and the South American influence. Her clients experience an intensive, results driven approach congruent with her understanding of their needs and matching the value and investment with optimal outcomes. Bernice travels the United States and South America as a well sought after educator teaching organic cosmetic facial and body procedures, the newest alternate to invasive surgical and clinical optima.

Dating Panel Discussion

River Side Relief Society Room, 3:10 pm

Come enjoy to an enlightening Panel Discussion discussing topics related to LDS Singles, which can include: LDS Dating Culture, social scene, singles program, LDS Singles church culture, divorce recovery, single parenting, being single in a family oriented church, etc.

Building tip: Irvine Stake Center is a double chapel building with two chapels in the same building.  “Lake Chapel” faces Lake Rd and “Woodbridge Chapel” is in the back facing the bigger parking lot and Woodbridge High School. The Cultural Hall, connected to the Lake Chapel, has wood floors, while the Social Hall, adjacent to Woodbridge Chapel, is carpeted. There are also two Relief Society Rooms, and two Primary Rooms, so two of everything.  Rooms towards the river are “River Side” Rooms, while rooms towards the ocean are “Ocean Side” Rooms. No worries…we will have maps and signs to lead the way.