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Paul Rolly: Holistic conference is LDS in name only

Published May 23, 2013 9:36 pm

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Note to faithful Mormons: If you miss the LDS Holistic Living Conference & Expo next month, it won't affect your standing for a temple recommend. It's not like missing church.

In fact, despite its name, it has nothing to do with the LDS Church.

But the name of the conference, and its description on the LDS Holistic Living website, probably helps boost sales for the two-day event, which costs $70 a pop.

"Since 2010, the LDS Holistic Living Conference has provided a venue for like-minded LDS members (and non-members) to come together for a day of learning and enlightenment," says the blurb.

The conference is in its fourth year. Its founders, Amy Jones and Becca Price, say on the website that the mission is to "help all people draw closer to Christ by discovering His hidden treasures of knowledge for the health and healing of the mind, body and spirit."

The conference touts healthy diets, herbs and yoga. One speaker is dubbed "the Green Smoothie Girls." Organizers also offered free admission to physicians who agreed to promote the event in their offices.

The keynote speaker is Camille Frank Olson, author of Mary, Martha and Me: Seeking the One Thing That Is Needful.

There is a disclaimer at the bottom that "it is not an official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" and that "the LDS Church does not endorse the conference or content."

LDS Church spokeswoman Ruth Todd said church officials know nothing about the conference or the organization putting it on.

The conference is June 22 at the Paradigm Charter High School in South Jordan. The keynote address is the night before at Noah's in Lindon.

Try, try again • The State Office of Recovery Services spent about $1.5 million three years ago for a new telephone system that involved hours of online training for its employees.

Now, the office is looking for a new telephone vendor.

Intervoice, the company that supplied the new system, has been sold to Convergence, which does not provide the technical support ORS needs for the system that relies on virtual communication through computers rather than telephones and involves an intricate security program.

Kathryn Taylor, legislative and constituent services director for ORS, says the state Department of Technology Services has awarded a contract through the bidding process to Interactive Intelligence for a new communications system for the Department of Workforce Services, and ORS is in negotiations to adopt that system as well.

She said while there will be initial startup costs, the actual maintenance expenses will be less than before.

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