The Schlenskers

The Mothers Retreat at Southern Virginia University is an event for mothers and women of all ages and stages. Sister Sheri L. Dew beautifully stated, “As daughters of our Heavenly Father, and as daughters of Eve, we are all mothers and we have always been mothers. And we each have the responsibility to love and help lead the rising generation.”

Join us for a day of inspirational speakers, delicious food, amazing music, and unparalleled sisterhood, as we celebrate our role as women, mothers, and daughters of God.

Megan Knight Schlensker


Saturday, May 16, 2020
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Morning Session
Bethany Brady Spalding
Marilee Killpack

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Afternoon Session
Morgan Jones
Robert Line
Barbara Gardner

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner (boxed to go available)


Barbara Morgan Gardner

Professor & Author

Barbara Morgan Gardner is an associate professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University and the author of The Priesthood Power of Women. Her research interests focus primarily on women in religious leadership, international education, and religious pedagogy. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and foundations and a Ph.D. in instructional psychology and did post-doctoral work at Harvard University.

Barbara was institute director in Boston, Massachusetts, serving more than 100 universities and colleges in the area and acting as chaplain at Harvard and MIT. She continues to serve as the chaplain-at-large in higher education for the Church, and on the BYU Interfaith Outreach Council. She and her husband, Dustin Gardner, live in Highland, Utah.

Morgan Jones

Writer & Podcaster

Morgan Jones is the host of LDS Living’s All In podcast, a weekly interview-style podcast which garnered more than one million downloads in its first year of publication. Jones came to LDS Living in August 2018 after four years working for the Deseret News where she published more than 480 stories and served as Senior Web Producer. Jones is a passionate storyteller and feels blessed to have the opportunity to share stories that deserve to be told.

In addition to her “day job,” Jones volunteers with Multiply Goodness, a Bible study non-profit that seeks to “empower women to love God’s word and build bridges across different faith traditions.” She also currently serves in her stake’s Relief Society presidency.

Originally from North Carolina, Jones is a graduate of Brigham Young University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. Prior to her time at BYU, Jones attended Southern Virginia University, where she was a member of the women’s basketball team.

In her spare time that is seemingly non-existent, she enjoys doing anything active (especially yoga despite being the most inflexible person she knows). She loves chocolate but also salad and while she doesn’t have any children of her own yet, she is the oldest of six children who are her pride and joy.

Marilee Killpack

Founder of Gathre

Marilee Killpack is a Utah native. First up in her life are God and family – they are the center of her orbit. She is married to Devin Killpack, and they have four children. She considers herself a has-been dancer, dancing at the Juilliard School in New York City, and at BYU where she graduated. Now she can barely touch her toes and is mostly good at going to bed late. Five years ago, she started a business called Gathre that sells leather goods and she’d consider her biggest professional accomplishment convincing her husband to join her team. She gets a thrill out of eating good food, and the color white. But her greatest work and fulfillment will always be her family. One day she dreams of becoming half the woman her mother is. She is grateful and humbled to be here.

C. Robert Line

Institute Director & Instructor

C. Robert Line has worked full-time with religious education for the past twenty-seven years. In addition to teaching with the BYU Religious Education faculty, he has been a presenter at BYU Education Week, Women’s Conference, Especially For Youth, and has worked for CES programs as an instructor and director for Institutes of Religion.

Brother Line has both a bachelors and master’s degree from BYU and also holds a Doctoral degree from Purdue University in Sociology of Religion. He has authored various books and articles and has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Century Magazine. His book, Endowed with Power: How Temple Symbols Guide Us to Christ’s Atonement, was recently nominated for the John Whitmer Historical Association’s LDS theological book of the year.

Brother Line has served in the Church as a Bishop, Stake High Councilor, Elders Quorum President, and various other callings. He played on the BYU Men’s Basketball team from 1984 to 1985. He and his wife, Tamera Wright Line, have five children and six grandchildren. Their family resides in Cedar Hills, Utah.

Bethany Brady Spalding


Bethany Brady Spalding is the co-author of the Desert Book best-selling series, Girls Who Choose God. She never intended to become a writer, but felt compelled to create stories that shine a light on strong, spiritual women. And now she is a believer that you can change the world through good books! Her most recent book, A Girl’s Guide to Heavenly Mother, was written to celebrate the change in the Young Women’s theme.

As the mother of three daughters, Bethany devotes her energies to developing magnificent girls by loving and leading her family, directing programs in her local community of Richmond, VA, and by supporting women’s literacy initiatives around the globe. Bethany has a Master’s Degree from the University of London. She recently returned from an 8 month trip around the world, but the place she most loves to be is snuggling a kiddo in bed with a beautiful book.