SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Evergreen International, the leading organization for Latter-day Saints dealing with unwanted homosexuality, will be holding its sixteenth annual conference at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City on September 15 and 16, 2006.

Elder Rex D. Pinegar will offer the keynote address at a special Saturday morning session aimed at reaching hundreds of local unit leaders with information about the Church’s resources for same-sex attracted members.  On Friday morning the keynote speaker will be Alan Chambers, the president of Exodus International — the largest information and referral ministry in the world addressing homosexual issues.

The two-day conference will offer workshops by leading clinical experts, respected Latter-day Saint teachers, and individuals who have been successful in living the doctrines and standards of the Church while confronting difficult same-sex feelings in their own personal lives.

“Homosexual feelings affect thousands of Latter-day Saints,“ notes David Pruden the Executive Director of Evergreen International. “The Church is committed to assisting those who wish to live gospel standards, and Evergreen International is here to offer resources and information to families, local unit leaders, and interested individuals.

“Each year Church leaders, experienced therapists, and outstanding national leaders in the field of homosexuality gather in Salt Lake City for this conference. In a time when there is so much interest in the issues surrounding same-sex attraction, this is a wonderful opportunity to accurately represent the hope and help that are available to members of our faith community.”

Alan Chambers is one of the nation’s leading speakers and authors on gender issues. His personal story as a gay teen and young adult who overcame unwanted homosexuality has inspired audiences throughout the world. He is a frequent guest on media outlets and in public forums across the United States.