2022 Speakers & Talks

Restoration Torah Conference
Shavuot 2022 (June 3-4)

Nathan Dilts is a disciple of Jesus Christ, striving to walk in His way and keep His commandments. His life long passion for teaching the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, particularly to youth, has been expressed over the past 25 years as a missionary, Sunday School teacher, Aaronic Priesthood advisor and Seminary teacher. Nathan’s greatest education comes from raising his seven children with his beautiful wife in their red desert home. Nathan is one of the founders of the Zarahemla Foundation and is the facilitator on the Red Rock Seminary Podcast.

    His presentation is titled:
The Law, The Whole Law, So Help Me Christ

Rhonda Pickering has taught seminary and administrated private school for over 30 years and is a passionate student of Isaiah, the ancient Feasts of Israel, and Biblical Astronomy. Through her studies she has developed a profound love and appreciation for the perfection of God’s Plan of Exaltation—past, present, and future. Many of these findings are profoundly intertwined in types and shadows in the Book of Mormon and the Hebrew calendar. It is her passion to share her on-going discoveries with others, and to shine the light of hope for future generations.

   Her presentation is titled:
The Seven “I Am” Statements Of John

Jonathan Felt was born in Jackson County Missouri, in the urban city of Kansas in the late 1950s, his yearnings for Zion have never abated from that day until today. He can remember the nursery and his own circumcision, can’t you? Little did he know just how strong that desire for the Gathering of Israel would become as time progressed. He and his wife Melody have seven children.
   This accompanying portrait and selfie of the late and grand Rabbi Menachem Schnersohn is a representation of his deep friendship and genuine love for his professional boss who is, a devoted member of the Chabad community in Brooklyn, New York. The painting behind him was hanging inside the Bombay, India synagogue that was attacked by Pakistani terrorists in 2008. He and his boss program software systems for Amazon Sellers, especially those of the Jewish brotherhood. Jonathan’s career in computer programming started when he was a young married general contractor in 1987. At the time he maintained apartments and managed them for his well-to-do bosses and the Salt Lake County Housing Authority. As his skills increased on the computer, his places of domicile and employment included Salt Lake City, Utah; Monroe, Louisiana; Keene, New Hampshire; St. Petersburg, Florida; San Diego, California; Ahmedabad, India, and Brooklyn, New York. He served a fulfilling 2 years for his church in Sendai, Japan.
   He currently resides in Utah, in the little old hamlet of Leland, which is the same ward precinct as the famous Bishop John Hyrum Koyle. The name Felt has migrated from the Celtic name (probably) Failte (fel-chiah) to Felse (fel-che) to Feltch to Felt in 1601 when his ancestors mostly inhabited the region around Salem, Massachusetts (and have for the last 400 years or so). His family’s more recent advent to Mormonism was in 1843 when Brigham Young sized up his great (and grand) 2nd great grandfather Nathaniel. Since he wasn’t the best student of his era, no greatness will be found there, but he briefly studied “business” at the University of Utah before dropping out to get to work!

    His presentation is titled:
Dejudaizing The Church Had Unintended Consequences

Joshua Jessop was taught the gospel of Jesus Christ from his youth by a very knowledgeable father, and so he is familiar with the functions of the church, priesthood, and Kingdom of God, and has been introduced to the way the Lord operates.  Often simple things have profound implications in the gospel, and he is a studier of these things.  He learns by both study and faith, and often pairs study and faith together in his learning to produce astounding results.  While he doesn’t have much experience in sharing the things he has learned, he has a deep desire to share the wondrous simplicities of the gospel.

His presentation is titled:
The Laws of Servitude, Our Relationship With Jesus Christ

Joshua Erickson was raised in an LDS home in Utah, by a father who was a scholar and lover of the Restoration and all things Israelite. His father has now passed away, but planted a loving seed in Joshua for those things. The seed grew slowly in earlier years, but has now blossomed and is continually growing. He is hoping to plant similar seeds in his own children (he has seven). Born in Provo, UT, and the eldest of seven siblings, Joshua served a proselyting mission for the LDS Church in Atlanta, GA. There his love of the Restored Gospel was strengthened as he learned to sort out errors from both friends and foes. He is still sorting things out.
Joshua was in the first graduating class of chemistry students from Utah Valley State College (now UVU), where he was one of two graduates. He attended graduate school at UCLA, and now works at Dugway Proving Ground. He is a chemist by training and profession, and loves his job.
Joshua is the secretary of the Zarahemla Foundation, editor of the RTC Journal, and Author of, Wine of Your Own Make. He and his family currently live in Lehi, UT.

    His presentation is titled:
The Mystery Of The Marriage Of Messiah And The New Covenant

Tracy Roberts is a sixth generation Mormon who served a 25 month mission which was a 7 month extension of his original 18 month mission call. He served in the New Zealand Christchurch Mission from September 1984-October 1986 under the leadership of Grant L. Spackman and Dean D. Baxter.  His church service over the years includes Sunday School President, Elders Quorum President, Ward Mission Leader, Scout Master, and Stake Young Men’s Presidency.  Tracy is a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek and has genealogy taking him to the bloodlines of Aaron the first Priest and King David.  Of the 78 named Kohen Gadol, High Priest of the Temple at Jerusalem 59 of them are in his bloodline.  
Tracy and his wife LaVieve are the parents of five children and six angel babies.  They were married in the Manti Temple on December 16, 1994.  He retired from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office and was awarded the rank of Colonel of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and Colonel of the Sheriff’s Posse.  After his retirement he was recalled for two different funerals which changed the rank from honorary rank to a rank with time in service.
Tracy has preached in many different churches and denominations through the years.  When asked which church he belonged to the response is, “I am a Bu-Hin-Jew-Funda-Morma-Bapta-Costal (Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Fundamentalist Mormon, LDS-Mormon, Baptist, Pentecostal); a man who seeks the truth wherever it can be found. Tracy loves to preach teach and expound the gospel of Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach) whenever a pulpit is given in any church and at any time.  
He has a BA in Political Science from Brigham Young University. 

    His presentation is titled:
The Two, The Ten, & The Torah

Gene Hagloch is a sixth generation Latter-Day Saint. He served an LDS mission to Canada, married in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple, and has served on five bishoprics. He graduated from Utah State University in Business and Accounting, and is currently an Accountant and Process/Information Analyst. Gene came to Torah in 2014, and is in his fifth year of Hebrew.  He is the owner and founder of the Albuquerque Institute of Biblical Law website, which can be found here, and has published his book based on his blog – Torah Friendly Teaching and Davidic Kingship.

   His presentation is titled:
Isaiah’s Hebrew Gospel In The New Testament

Zoe Erickson is Joshua Erickson’s oldest child and, while she has helped to run the RTC for the last two years, this is her first time speaking. She may or may not be moderately terrified. The story of how this came about is actually rather funny. Last year, after the last talk was over, the last people gone, and all that was left was the cleanup, she opened her mouth on a whim and said “I’ll talk next year.” Almost instantly, she was yelling at herself internally, wondering how she could have been so impulsive, but it was too late. The bridge was burned, the die was cast. She had said she’d speak and wouldn’t let herself back out of it, and the rest, they say, is history.
Aside from speaking at conferences, she has many other things which keep her busy. She sews costumes and other things (she worked for six months sewing the Austrian drapes that go in LDS temples), takes care of her six younger siblings, paints, sings and plays several instruments (at the time of this conference she is in the cast for the musical, Cries of Freedom, which is a part of the Independence Day Freedom Festival in Orem/Provo). She reads voraciously, and writes equally voraciously (she is currently working on the second and a half draft of her novel, In Culver’s Camp).
Soli Deo Gloria.

    Her presentation is titled:
The Law And The Prophets In The Mouth Of The Messiah

David Patrick lives in Utah where he has raised his family.  He has 20 years of experience marketing and operating a financial services business and holds multiple licenses to practice in securities and insurance. His interest in Mormon studies extents through all movements, organizations, and churches within the restoration. He is an active member of Christ’s Church, The Branch. David can be reached for positive discussion or speaking engagements via email at: david.patrick@latterdayzion.org. 

    His presentation is titled:
The Law And The Heart

Pamela Laurion has taught Hebrew studies and ancient Hebrew script for the past 10 years to various congregations throughout Delaware, having studied the ancient script for the past 12 years. Because of her fascination with the Mount Sinai and Split Rock archeological sites in Saudi Arabia, Pam was chosen as a member of the second exhibition team to visit the sites in 2020.  There she was able to help photograph those inscriptions.  As a result, she has collaborated with the Doubting Thomas Research Foundation in their efforts to record, photograph and GPS those inscriptions.   Her travels throughout the Middle East: Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and Saudi Arabia give her a wide knowledge base for the archeological sites in the Exodus story.  The Saudi Arabian sites for Mount Sinai [Jabel Al Lawz] and the Split Rock at Horeb, are arguably some of the most important archeological sites in the world.
Currently Pam is engaged with the Benai Emunah team on transcribing the New Testament from the original Hebrew. Pam has her degree in education from Alderson Broaddus College and is retired from the judicial system in State of Delaware. She enjoys her 5 grandchildren and teaches frequently at her messianic fellowship in Delaware.

    Her presentation is titled:
Exodus to Mount Sinai

Jason Bradford Melton was born the tenth of thirteen siblings to his parents in Los Angeles, California. Jason has lost both parents and a brother to mortality. Jason was raised in a Latter Day Saint household and served a mission in Cleveland Ohio after graduating high school. Jason got married in Utah and had four children. After Jason remarried, he had another daughter, and he would have loved to have many children. Jason has always loved being a father and adores his children and spouses. Jason started a law enforcement career in Utah, and continued it when he and his family moved to Missouri. Jason bought a 30 acre farm with goats, sheep, and chickens in Daviess County, Missouri, in the City of Seth, which was dedicated as a city of Zion by Joseph Smith, Jr. Jason has been ordained a Patriarch and believes in and practices plural marriage as he currently has three wives. Jason and his family aren’t members of any church, but consider themselves to be Hebrew Christians.

    His presentation is titled:
Follow Thou Me

Farrell Pickering attended SUSC (Southern Utah State College, now SUU) in the field of Engineering and excels in spatial skills and the logic of the building. He has combined a love of the scriptures, numbers, and science to explore fascinating relationships about the treasures left for us in the heavens, in the earth, and in His Word. Along with his wife, Rhonda, who is a passionate student of Isaiah and Biblical Astronomy, Farrell is the founder of Prophetic Appointments. Their website can be found here.
   Through their studies, the Pickerings have developed a profound love and appreciation for the perfection of God’s Plan of Salvation. It is their dream to share their on-going discoveries with others, and to shine the light of hope for future generations.

   His presentation is titled:
I Am That I Am

Eric Jessen was raised agnostic, but believes the Biblical Scriptures and the Scriptures given by Joseph Smith to be the inspired Word of God.  Eric and his wife are approaching 24 years of marriage and have seven beautiful children together.
Eric is a retired Marine Fighter Pilot, a graduate of TOPGUN, avidly studies the Word of God, and works diligently with his wife to follow the Commandments of God in their family’s daily life. (The spot on the ground in the picture to the left is where Marines raised the flag on Iwo Jima.)

    His presentation is titled:
The Second Great Commandment, What Is It?

Eugene Richardson has been married to his wife, Shirley for 40 years. They live in Beryl Utah. Eugene is a scholar of the scriptures and is the author of the book, Finding Power in the Priesthood, Obtaining Knowledge to Enter into the Presence of God & Create Zion.

    His presentation is titled:
The Presence Of Yehovah, “The Pattern Of One Eternal Round”, Being The Same Yesterday Today And Forever


The opinions of the conference presenters are their own.
The Restoration Torah Conference, and The Zarahemla Foundation, make no claims to represent the Community of Christ, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or any other entity.

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