Archive 2017

January 2017 – Vern Swanson
The speaker for Friday January 27, 2017 will be Vern Swanson.  Vern Swanson fell into a deep depression when his wife and young son were killed in a horrible car accident.  Vern felt an unshakable sense of loss and grief and that life was not worth living.  Then, one night, Vern’s wife and young son appeared to him. . . .   Come hear the rest of Vern’s story, this Friday.
Vern has had a wonderfully varied and storied career.  In college he played football for BYU and for a year coached semi-pro football.  The rest of his story involves his love of art.  He retired in 2012 as the director of the Springville Museum of Art and is now a trustee and representative of the prestigious Art Renewal Center, New Jersey, the world’s largest visual fine art website.  He has a master’s degree in art history from the University of Utah and a doctorate from the University of London.  He has held many prestigious positions before arriving at the Springville Museum.  His impressive bio can be read at http://www.smofa.org/museum.html?content_id=272.
The January 27th IANDS meeting will begin at 7PM in the Salt Lake County Commission hearing room in the north building of the County Government Center located at 2001 South State, SLC.   We meet the fourth Friday of each month except December.  Bring a friend as meetings are free of charge.

February 2017 – Sarah Hinze
Sarah Hinze will be the speaker at the February 24th meeting of Utah IANDS in Salt Lake City.  The meetings will be held at the Salt Lake County Complex, Mayor Counsel Auditorium, 2001 South State Street 7-9PM.
Sarah looks forward to meeting with her wonderful friends of Utah IANDS and will have her books available for special discount purchases. She also has prepared a few surprises to be premiered at this meeting of Utah IANDS, so please make a special effort to attend!
Sarah has dedicated her life to researching and sharing our connection to Heaven– before birth, during our life journey, and after we pass.
Sarah has spoken in a variety of settings in several countries, including many colleges and universities, several international IANDS conferences, and in 2016 Sarah spoke at the United Nations in New York City with Big Ocean Women under the banner of “Women Who Are Changing the World.”
In her numerous books, speaking and coaching, Sarah brings to light a unique, full-spectrum picture of human existence. Her work has helped many people to expand their understanding of the spiritual origin of man. Some of her books have been translated into Spanish, German, and Portuguese.
What she teaches is not a new concept. In fact, in her lectures and her writings she quotes ancient texts from many cultures and presents anecdotal evidence she has gathered from hundreds of interviews of those who have had a near death experience.
Her message is healing and uplifting, bringing peace and imparting hope.  One of Sarah’s most touching endorsements is from the very distinguished and kind friend of the near death community, Dr. Kenneth Ring:
“Sarah Hinze deserves our recognition for drawing our attention to life before life in much the same way that Dr. Raymond Moody did for the near- death experience in his groundbreaking book Life After Life.  And just as Dr. Moody’s work launched a revolution in our thinking about possible postmortem experiences, Mrs. Hinze’s research may do the same for the study of those antedating birth.”
Sarah is married to Dr. Brent Hinze and they are the parents of nine children and a growing cluster of grandchildren. They reside in Mesa, Arizona.
Sarah’s books include:  The Castaways (2016) The Memory Catcher (201)2 The Announcing Dream (2016) and Memories of Home (2017) All on Amazon, Paperback and Kindle.She has appeared in several documentaries, TV and radio shows.

March 2017 – Marlena Tumlin
Marlena Tumlin will be our speaker for March 24,2017. At the age of 23 pregnant with her second child, Marlena had traveled to Boulder Colorado to be with her mother during the period her husband was traveling for work.
Marlena unexpectedly went into labor and was admitted to the small Community Hospital in Boulder Colorado. Once in her room, she was examined by the Nurse who felt that it was unnecessary to call the doctor, as it was late evening and she did not feel Marlena would be delivering before morning. Marlena was then left alone in a room. Soon she was experiencing coldness, pain and spasms.
As time passed Marlena’s pain, uncontrollable spasms and fear grew; alone and unable to contact anyone. Soon Marlena was at a point that the pain and fear consumed her. She was pleading for relief from the pain and the fear of being alone. Suddenly Marlena found herself separated from her body, initially thinking she had died. Then Marlena had an experience that transformed her Life forever.
Marlena was given a gift that helped her overcome not only the pain and fear she was enduring, but has helped her confront her fears, and many losses throughout her life.
The experience was transformative in all areas of her life. Providing her with a strong and unwavering faith, strength, comfort, and the ability to share these gifts with others.
Earning a MS degree in education and counseling, Marlena’s life has been devoted to the service of others. Working as an educator, counselor and trainer in both formal education and hospice care. She has provided Love, Comfort and understanding to both dying children and adults, as well as invaluable training to other educators and counselors.

April 2017 – Debra Martin and Sheri Getten
We are pleased to announce that our speakers for Friday, April 28th will be Debra Martin and Sheri Getten.  In 1997, Debra Martin was in a horrific car accident where divine intervention saved her life. This was her first door opened to the Other Side. In 2000 she was in another tragic automobile accident where she crossed over and witnessed everything that was happening to her here on earth from above. On January 21, 2012 Debra was laying in her bed dying from an unknown illness where she crossed over into the arms of God. Debra signed a life span contract that day with God. Sheri Getten played a role in all three of Debra’s NDEs. On 1-21-12 she came to Debra’s house to do a healing. She witnessed Debra’s transitioning into the arms of God, she could listen to Debra describe in detail what she saw and what was being said with God. This is a profound and powerful NDE and healing miracle. This story gives hope, healing and awareness that with God all things are possible. Today because of these NDEs they perform spiritual, physical and mental healing. Together they have discovered a unique healing technique and are currently doing healings around the world.

May 2017 – Heather Smith Woolsey
Heather Smith Woolsey will be our speaker for May 26, 2017. Heather’s husband wanted to kill her.  He succeeded.  But then Heather came back, and with what she had learned in the darkness of death, she began to change her life.
Some of the decisions she made were shocking to him and to her family. But she had learned she could turn to a higher source of wisdom and she learned to trust that source of wisdom completely.
Come and share her amazing journey.

June 2017 – Sally Firmage
We are pleased to announce that our speaker for June is Sally Firmage.  In September of 2013 Sally, while hiking, experienced a life-threatening electrolyte imbalance and ended up in the hospital very near death.  As she came close to death, she witnessed her Light Body unravel from her physical body. She found herself in a formless black spaciousness and later observed as the same chords of light re-weaved themselves back into her body.
The most transformational aspects of her experience are the insights gained from the deeper meaning of coming so close to death. The experience is a blessing which can raise intuition, perception and unleash hidden gifts and understanding. She now understands how deeply the world’s healing traditions complement one another and that self-love and forgiveness are forces which can heal the world.
Sally is an acupuncturist, massage school instructor and aspiring author. She also teaches yoga to cognitively impaired adults.  She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Sant Cruz, CA.