March 4, 2011
Writer: Writer: Brady Davies

Brigham Young University-Idaho will host its annual Home and Family Conference from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and the "I Stand All Amazed" Flower and Bridal Open House from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 12.

Heidi Swinton, author of To the Rescue, a biography of Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the keynote speaker at the Home and Family Conference in the John Taylor Building. BYU-Idaho President Kim B. Clark and his wife, Sue, will participate in a panel about grandparenting, and Ronald J. Hammond, emeritus member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy of the Mormon Church, will discuss how to live a balanced life. The conference will also include breakout sessions on topics such as home decoration, menu planning and money management.

"We want students and community members to have all the information they need to be successful with their own families," said Steve Dennis, Department of Home and Family chair.

In addition to attending the Home and Family Conference, all are invited to the Flower and Bridal Open House. Held in the Ezra Taft Benson Building, it will feature an array of bridal bouquets created by floral students and four themed rooms - desert, jungle, mountain and sunset. Members from the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), leaders in the floral industry, will be present to judge the students' work. "Anyone who likes bright colors and is tired of winter will enjoy the open house," said horticulture instructor Ben Romney.

The cost for the Home and Family Conference will be $12 for the general public. Those who purchase tickets for the conference can receive discounted admission through Community Connections to the Flower and Bridal Open House, which costs $5 otherwise.

For more information about either event or for tickets, please call (208) 496-1200, or visit or