This past Sunday, September 11, Fred and Marilyn Matis spoke to a large group of 60+ in an LDS Chapel in South Jordan, Utah. Fred and Marilyn reflected on their years of organizing the Matis Firesides in Lehi at their home and at their ward chapel.
With Fred and Marilyn stepping back, a new committee has been formed with June and Tom Kerby as Chairs and the Firesides are going forward in the Kerby’s stake in South Jordan. This new committee honored Fred and Marilyn for their years of service and laid out plans for the continuation of the firesides in this new venue.
The Mission Statement for the firesides is as follows:
“Outreach Firesides seek to uplift and encourage Latter-day Saints who are attracted to the same gender or who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, or transgender. Friends and family are also welcome.”
In addition to the Matis speakers, Brent Kerby (on the piano) and Jared Ripplinger (on the viola) played a beautiful original arrangement of “If You Could Hie to Kolob.” Refreshments were potluck in the cultural hall and there was socializing at the conclusion of the meeting.
The Outreach Firesides will continue on the second Sunday of each month.
The next one will be Oct 9th. Speakers have been arranged for Oct and Nov and in December the Fireside will return to Lehi for the traditional music fireside as held in years past with the Matis Firesides.
The Oct and Nov firesides will be held at the chapel located at 1988 West 11400 South,
South Jordan, UT on the second Sunday of each month. Sunday dress is encouraged and all are welcome.