For the conference, planned under the direction of Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Seventy, Asia North Area president, Japanese-speaking singles ages 30 and up traveled from all over Japan, as well as from cities in the United States and Europe.
Brother Takao Miyazawa from Belle Island, Mich., commented that the conference was "full of wonderful direction for the single adults and also for the leadership. "
Having both experienced periods of their adult life without a companion, Elder and Sister Oaks were uniquely qualified to counsel with the single adults in this conference. Elder Oaks' first wife, June, died in 1998. He married Kristen Meredith McMain in 2000. She had never been married.