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“One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly”

Better Understanding Our Relationship to God Through Telling Our Story


DATE: September 15 (Fullerton) and 16 (La Canada – Flintridge).

TIME: 7:30 p.m.

We are pleased to have as our September 2017 Miller Eccles speaker, Ashley Mae Hoiland, author and illustrator of One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly, the latest book in the Maxwell Institute Living Faith Series. A distinguished author and artist, Ashley will discuss writing our life stories, whether in episodes, journals or complete memoirs, and will explain how this process can provide spiritual growth and fulfillment and bring us closer to God.

THE TOPIC: Mormons are a record-keeping people. But while much of our writing has been focused on the product of that writing and the impact it may have on future generations (e.g. “we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” 2 Nephi 25:26), there is much more to be said about the value of the process of writing itself.

In her recent book, One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly, Ashley Mae Hoiland explores how writing can be both an act of devotion and a process whereby we seek the spiritual and sacred in our own lives. In this presentation, Ashmae will share some of the original poetry, essays, and artwork included in the book, and she will encourage those in attendance to consider how the expectations of our writing imposed by pre-conceived notions of orthodoxy may interfere with the process of honest writing, and how honest, complex and nuanced representations of our personal faith can help us find a deeper relationship with the divine. 

THE SPEAKER: Ashley Mae Hoiland received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She is the author and illustrator of One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly, the latest book in the Maxwell Institute Living Faith Series and the first book written by a woman in the series. She has written and illustrated several children’s books, founded “We Brave Women,” an initiative to educate people about brave women around the world, and run two successful Kickstarter campaigns. She served a mission in Uruguay.  She was the recent keynote speaker for her Stake Women’s Conference. She has three small children and currently lives in Palo Alto, California where her husband, Carl is pursuing a PhD in geology at Stanford University.

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