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Renee Hansen

Renee Hansen is looking forward to the second Single Adult Conference this weekend.

She attended last year's event, which she said was outstanding because of the good classes and fulfilling humanitarian project.

This year's conference for single adults 31 and older, titled "O Remember, Remember," is being sponsored by the Holladay Region of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The big events at the conference will be an appearance by actor Rick Schroder and his wife, Andrea, at Saturday morning's keynote session at 9 and the fireside with Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The Schroders, who are members of the LDS Church, will speak at the Salt Lake University institute east cultural hall, and the fireside with Elder Ballard will be at the Salt Lake Tabernacle.

Hansen, who was executive secretary of the conference and works in the church's member location department, said one of the highlights for her will be Endless Summer's concert at 7 p.m. Saturday. The group plays '60s music, including songs from the Beach Boys and the Beatles.

"I'm stoked," she said.

Scott Brown, a Holladay Stake high councilor with a special assignment as chairman of the conference, said about 2,200 single adults attended last year's conference, including people from 30 states and several other countries.

"We're hoping for at least that many this year," he said. Potential conferencegoers include the more than 100,000 single adults in Utah alone.

Other activities at the conference will include a semiformal dinner on Friday night and Education Week-like seminars, plus a dance and speed-dating, on Saturday.

"We've had as many as 800 people (participate) in speed-dating at other events," Brown said, adding that it's a good chance for people to meet a lot of potential dates. But "if they're not compatible, they don't have to see each other again."

"The field is white for Mormon men. We always need more men" at these events, he said.

Duane Millard, co-chair with his wife, Glenda, of the Holladay Region Single Adult Council under the direction of Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy, said this conference will build on the success of last year's event, which featured radio and television talk-show host Glenn Beck.

The aim is to have a "first-class, safe" event where single adults can meet many others in similar circumstances, Millard said, where "the purpose is leading people to the Savior."

"By the time people are 31, they're married to something," and many forget to get married, he said. And the church activity level of single males older than 31 is very low, he added.

Brown said, "This conference ... provides something for all LDS single adults to meet others they have something in common with."

Hansen said she hopes people will get past the point of just trying to meet someone at the conference. "If that happens, that's fine," but she said she hopes single adults will realize that "so much effort has gone into this (conference) on their behalf.

"There are so many (single adults) in the valley. There's a little bit for everybody" at the conference, she said.

"This is one of the activities I will always support."

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