Russell Ricks will be our speaker for February 23, 2018. Russell Ricks is a professional artist by his chosen profession and recently published author of the book Remember. Between the late summer and early fall of 1966, Russell had an Out of Body experience triggered by the trauma he suffered from abusive treatment outside of his loving home environment. Little did Russell know at the time, the real cause of his peer troubles was due to a neurological birth defect, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, resulting in being severely socially delayed.
When school bullying became more than he could bear after an abusive first year in school, Russell, began searching for a way to put an end to his suffering. As a frightened eight year old boy, he couldn’t bear the thought of returning to school and asked his Heavenly Father for permission to be taken to heaven. Instead, he was given a miraculous Out of Body experience with life beyond the veil. He describes being held and comforted in the loving arms of the Savior and given a promise upon his return to mortality that he would often feel the Savior’s love and companionship throughout his life. This promise would provide the comfort he needed to get through his many life’s challenges.
Russell plans to share the details of how that event shaped his life. He also will share a few “beyond coincidence” examples illustrating how the Savior keeps His promises. Russell’s fascinating story will remind you that no matter how hard life can get, our Savior is always there for us.
Katie Buhler will be our speaker for January 26, 2018. In September 2015, Katie had a procedure done and while being put under anesthesia, she had an “Out of Body” experience. When she woke up she remembered it all and husband was able to capture her talking about her experience on video. She will be sharing some of it with us.
One of the most transformational parts of the message she received was that we only have one chance to live and most people are playing it too safe. She was told people need to follow their heart and live their dreams so that they don’t go to their death bed with any regrets. Katie’s life is completely different now as she listens to her own heart.
Katie’s greatest fear was, and still is public speaking, but she no longer lets this fear stop from living her life’s purpose. Her message will inspire others to face their greatest fears, follow their own hearts, and live their purpose in this life!
The January 26th 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.
Bringing in the new year, IANDS of Utah will be initiating a project to index the archives of past presenters/experiences on our website, and we would like your help.
We have over 100 speakers there who have shared a wealth of valuable insights into the near-death experience, the afterlife, as well as the meaning and purpose of this life, Gods intentions for us, spiritual experiences, and ways in which we can draw on the powers of heaven to improve the quality of our lives.
This material, however, has never been indexed, so it’s hard to know where to go to find the answers and insights individuals might seek from such experiences. That’s were we need your help. If you think you might have some time over the holidays to help with this project please email David Larsen at
DavidRJL@aol.com, with this or “IANDS index” in the subject line. Note you would like to help, and how many sessions (1-4) you would be willing to commit to listen to and index, and he will send you your assignment with additional instructions on what to listen for and note down.
If you have any questions feel free to call Dave at 801-529-8238.
Thank you in advance! We hope you had a Merry Christmas, and that you have a prosperous New Year!
IANDS Utah Board
We are pleased to announce our speaker this Friday, November 24, 2017, will be Jeff O’Driscoll, MD FACEP. Dr. O’Driscoll is an emergency physician who often comes into contact with patients who are seriously injured. Many die or are close to death. Dr. O’Driscoll has had a series of shared-death experiences with some of his patients, as he helps them through their difficult recovery. Dr. O’Driscoll had such an experience with our IANDS Board member Jeff Olsen, whose experience was partially shared in our last meeting. Dr. O’Driscoll has just completed a book about his experiences with shared death experiences and near-death experience, entitled “Not Yet” from the words often heard by those who have just gone to the other side and are told it is not yet your time, you must go back. Dr. O’Driscoll will be a fascinating speaker sharing his experiences acquired over 25 years an an ER physician.
The inspiring documentary, Glimpses Beyond Death’s Door, available on DVD, was filmed by Utah IANDS member and film-maker Brandon Smith. This documentary includes statements of experts and the near-death experiences of individuals from Utah and Idaho. The included near-death experiences are from people of differing cultural and religious backgrounds. They describe peace in death, first-hand descriptions from the other side of the veil, a being of light, meeting deceased loved ones; communication by thought transference; travel at phenomenal speeds; expanded comprehension and memory powers; and all-encompassing, overwhelming light and love.
The October 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.
The speaker for Friday September 22, 2017 will be Janet Crawford. Janet Crawford is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing. She first spoke to IANDS of Utah in the early 1990’s when she was a critical care nurse at the University of Utah Hospital, often on LifeFlight helicopter efforts to save severely injured people. In those roles, she frequently heard amazing near-death experiences from patients.
Since Janet last spoke at IANDS, she has been a nurse at major hospitals in the mid-West and southern U.S. where she has continued to interact with and provide care to those suffering from critical illnesses and injuries. She has first-hand heard and seen some extraordinary near-death and related experiences. You will enjoy her presentation of a few of the experiences she has witnessed!
The September 22nd 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.
The speaker for Friday August 25, 2017 will be Russ Horman. On the evening of October 8, 2001 Russ’s life changed profoundly after being targeted in a home invasion robbery. Russ had been setup by the girl he was dating at that time for the home invasion. During the robbery Russ was shot four times by the two intruders, two times after confronting one of the intruders and attempting to wrestle gun from him, shot two more times by the second intruder as Russ was struggling with the first intruder.
After the intruders fled Russ’s home police medical personnel responded, Russ was transported to the hospital where he was immediately prepped and taken into surgery. As his life was slipping away due to the multiple gunshots, Russ experienced a profound near-death experience which completely changed the course of his life and provided answers. Being shot and the subsequent NDE in his words was “the best thing that ever happened to me”.
There will be a limited number of Russ’ book, “Phases of Existence and Things I Learned When I was Dead” available for sale at the end of the meeting. Copies may also be purchased from Amazon.
The August 25th 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.