Val Chadwick Bagley has been self-employed as “THE CARTOONIST GUY” since 1990. (before that, he designed cheese labels and hot dog packages!) He has illustrated numerous learning books for children, as well as many books and card games. He is married to his wife, Ruth. They have five children and eight grandchildren.
TERRY BALL is a Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. He is a former Dean of the Religious Education and Chair of the Department of Ancient Scripture. Prior to teaching at BYU he spent 12 years as a Seminary and Institute teacher. He received his B.S. from BYU in Botany and Education. His M.A. is from BYU in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, and his Ph.D. is from BYU in Archaeobotany with emphasis in the ancient Near East. He has taught and traveled extensively in the Holy Land, including teaching at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies.
Michael Ballam performed in the major concert halls of America, Europe, Asia, Russia, and the Middle East, with command performances at the Vatican and the White House. His operatic repertoire includes more than 600 performances of over 70 major roles. Currently serves as the General Director of the Utah Festival Opera, a company he founded in 1993. Popular BYU Education Week speaker and CD artist. He will touch our hearts with his fascinating experiences and talented performaces.
Current professor of Church History and Doctrine, author of 100 books including Joseph Smith: Praise to the Man; Joseph, Exploring the Life and Ministry of the Prophet; The A to Z of Church History and Doctrine and Covenants, popular BYU Ed. Week speaker, and the only woman to have received the prestigious Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award.
David Bradford is known as the Human Internet. He has been a CEO, Board Member and Executive at Industry leaders in High Tech like Novell, Fusion-io, HireVue, and FluentWorlds. Two of the companies where he served as CEO – Fusion-io and HireVue – were both listed in Forbes as 2 of the 50 fastest growing tech companies in America. In 2013, he was inducted into the Utah Technology Hall of Fame. He has also been “CEO and Executive of the Year” for the state. Mr. Bradford is also a professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Utah and author of the highly popular book: “Up Your Game- 6 Timeless Principles for Networking Your Way to the Top.” He and has PhD wife, Dr. Linda Bradford, received the prestigious 2014 Couples of the Year awards for the United States. They are now in the process of revolutionizing online eLearning for language training with their 3D Technology called FluentWorlds.
S. KENT BROWN is an emeritus professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University and is the former director and associate director of the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. Dr. Brown taught at BYU from 1971 to 2008. In 1978–79, he and his family spent a year in Cairo where he was a fellow of the American Research Center in Egypt while he worked on the collection of ostraca at the Coptic Museum. In 2007 and 2008, Dr. Brown served as the principal investigator for an archaeological excavation in southern Oman. In the world of documentary films, he has served as the executive producer for Journey of Faith, Journey of Faith: The New World, and Messiah: Behold the Lamb of God, all productions of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Kent Brown is a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker and he will truly make this a life-changing experience.
Popular BYU Education Week speaker; in demand youth speaker; author of the What I wish I”d Known.. series and many other recordings and books; scholar of a variety of subjects. John Bytheway”s captivating teaching methods will leave you hanging on for every word as he expounds gospel topics using humor and amazing insights.
Al Carraway is a blogger, award winning speaker, and author to the best selling book, “More Than the Tattooed Mormon.” She was born and raised in New York, has been a member of the church for 6.5 years and has since moved to UT. She is married to her sweetheart Ben, and are welcoming their 2nd baby this June. Her passion it is to tell everyone that happiness exists, and it comes from this Gospel. That it is real. That it is the greatest thing we could ever be apart of! And that our efforts can and do make a difference.
Richard Draper grew up in Utah Valley and graduated from Pleasant Grove High School. Immediately thereafter he went into the armed services. After a year, he came home and served a mission to the Central Atlantic States. He attended BYU and, after graduation, was hired by the Church Education System where he worked as an institute instructor for the next twenty years. Upon completing his Ph.D. in Ancient History from BYU, he was hired by Religious Education. He is now a professor of Ancient Scripture specializing in prophecy, apocalyptic, and New Testament background.
Current sealer at the Mt. Timpanogos Temple; author of more than 50 books including the popular Love at Home—Starring Father and Don’t Forget the Star; has taught religion at BYU; worked in many capacities for the Church Education System; and also served as director of Priesthood Genealogy. He served as president of the Kentucky Tennessee Mission, president of the Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT and recently in the Nauvoo Illinois Temple.
Received his BA in Communications from Southern Utah University and then his MA in Communications from Ball State University. Has been conducting tours of LDS sites for over 17 years around the UK. He specializes in finding unique gems off the beaten path frequently missed by the average traveler. He is not only a knowledgeable and educated tour guide he is also a delightful story teller and his groups have a lot of fun traveling with him.
Kimberly Giles is the CEO and Founder of the Claritypoint Coaching Academy and LDSlifecoaching.com. She is a sought after life coach, speaker and a proud mother of seven. She writes a weekly syndicated column published locally on KSL.COM. She is the author of the book Choosing Clarity: The Path to Fearlessness which is packed with useful tips on building better relationships, improving self-esteem and getting along with difficult people. She is a regular contributor on the Matt Townsend show and in 2010 Good Morning America named her one of the top 20 advice gurus in the country. She is an entertaining speaker who will change the way you see your value forever.
Marvin Goldstein is one of the world’s most traveled pianists and entertainers. Beginning his musical training as a 9-year-old child, he was awarded a music scholarship to Tel Aviv University School of Music in Israel nine years later. He continued his studies at the famed “Mozarteum” of Salzburg, Austria and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State University in French horn performance. Goldstein has been a guest lecturer at Education Week seminars at the Brigham Young University campuses in Provo, Utah, Hawaii and Rexburg, Idaho, where total participant numbers exceeded 30,000. Though formal awards are difficult to find in LDS music, the pianist has garnered honors wherever he performs. He won the Listeners Choice Award from the LDS Booksellers Association as the favorite instrumentalist three consecutive years. Additional honors include being listed in Who’s Who in Music in Europe and being named a National Keyboard Artist with the Kawai America Corporation. A workhorse in the studio, he has over 50 professional recordings to his name.
MARILYN GRACE, President of Story Teller Productions, is the first person in history to solve the BUTCH CASSIDY & SUNDANCE KID mystery. With photo transparencies, DNA from the remains of the Sundance Kid, she proves, with science, that both Butch and Sundance came back to the United States and lived long lives. Her book, FINDING BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID by Marilyn Grace and Dr. John McCullough can be purchased on Amazon. Marilyn Grace is most proud of her family of 3 children and 4 grandchildren and her membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She enjoys living in sunny St. George, Utah and is an author and filmmaker.
Taylor is a BYU Teaching and Learning Consultant, member of the Book of Mormon Central executive committee, a columnist for the Deseret News, founder of the Creativity, Innovation, and Design group, a travel leader to Mesoamerica and the Holy Land, and the Chief Innovation Officer at Vereo Training. At BYU Taylor has taught Book of Mormon, Old Testament, History of Creativity, Innovation Boot Camp, Basic Entrepreneurship Skills, and an interdisciplinary design course called “Illuminating the Scriptures: Designing Innovative Study Tools.” His education includes: BA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (BYU), MA in Biblical Studies (Yale), MS in Instructional Systems Technology (Indiana University), PhD in Instructional Systems Technology (Indiana University), PhD in Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity (Indiana University). Taylor has published and presented widely on scripture, technology, teaching, and learning (more at taylorhalverson.com). Taylor is married to Lisa Maren Rampton Halverson (who completed PhD coursework at Stanford in Middle East Studies and often co-leaders tours with Taylor). Their children are David & Rachel.
Robert Hatch is a film director, producer, and writer. Hatch produced 56 television programs for the Church. He directed seven productions for the BBC, including one about the Church broadcast during the Olympics. A series of films on peace issues and archaeology have taken him to the Middle East many times, interviewing the Prime Ministers of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, and many other key peace negotiators and ambassadors in Jerusalem, Cairo, Ramallah, and Amman.
RICHARD NEITZEL HOLZAPFEL is a professor at BYU and with his wife, has written several articles and books focusing on the New Testament and LDS history. Richard and Jeni attended Brigham Young University as undergraduates. Later, Richard attended Hebrew Union College, and University of California Irvine. After coming to BYU (1993), they lived in Israel where Richard taught at the BYU Jerusalem Center. Later, Richard and Jeni directed the BYU Study Abroad program in Rome and Athens (2009) before taking a leave of absence from the university to preside in the Alabama Birmingham Mission (2010-13).
Eric Huntsman is currently the Director of Ancient Near Eastern Studies Program and Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture at BYU. Author of God So Loved the World: The Final Days of the Savior’s Life and Good tidings of Great Joy: An Advent Celebration of the Savior’s Birth. Together with colleagues Richard Holzafpel and Thomas Wayment, he has co-authored Jesus Christ and the World of the New Testament: An Illustrated Reference for Latter-day Saints. He has also written countless articles and chapters in other publications such as 3 chapters in The Life and Teachings of the New Testament Apostles: From the Day of Pentecost to the Apocalypse (Deseret Book, 2010). Among other callings, he has served as an ordinance worker in the Provo Temple since 2002 and is currently a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Kent Jackson is a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He has a B.A. in ancient studies from BYU and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in ancient Near Eastern studies from the University of Michigan. His research interests include Latter-day Saint scripture, doctrine, and history, with emphasis on the intersection of Mormonism and the Bible. He has authored or edited Joseph Smith’s Commentary on the Bible, Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible: Original Manuscripts, and The King James Bible and the Restoration. Professor Jackson is a former chair of Near Eastern Studies at BYU, former associate dean of Religion, and former associate director of the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies.
Curtis Jacobs was born in Ogden, Utah. He received his bachelor’s degree from Utah State University. He served a mission to Alaska. He returned to USU where he met his wife Jolene and they have four children and four grandchildren. He received his Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University. He loves racquetball and has been an advisor to the USU racquetball team. He loves old movies, great musicals and traveling. He has spoken in more than half of the States in the USA, Canada and New Zealand. He received a “Who’s Who Among American Teacher’s” award in 2002 and 2008. He is an author and has several talks on CD. He has spoken at BYU Education Week, Know Your Religion and EFY. He has been a Bishop of a Student Ward at Utah State, and served in the USU 1st Stake Presidency. Brother Jacobs started teaching for the Church Education System in Arizona and then in Utah, both at UVU (formerly UVSC) and Utah State.
Merrill Jenson is an award-wining composer, conductor, arranger and music producer. Jenson’s professional accomplishments range from compositions for films, TV, radio, theater and the concert hall. As a composer his credits include many feature-length scores, large-screen IMAX films, several symphonic works, etc. As a composer Mr. Jenson has scored the music for thirty feature-length films including the critically acclaimed feature Windwalker where he was on the voting list for an Academy Award for best musical score, LDS Church films including Legacy, The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd, and co-composed the music for Joseph Smith, Prophet of the Restoration. He has composed music for many of the Church’s Homefront Spots (commercials), and scores for the Oakland, Mesa, Manti and Martin Harris LDS temple pageants. Most recently he received the John Williams Award for Film Scoring from the Long Island Film Festival in 2012 for the film “Masque”.
Darren Johansen, A Relationships and Money Specialist, is the owner of Johansen Counseling Services. Darren chose to license as a marriage and family counselor as well as a financial advisor. He has worked in this capacity for 20 years. This gives him a unique ability to cover the top 3, most sited, reasons for relationship strife. Darren served in the England London South Mission. He has served in church leadership for 22 years and currently serves as a bishop of a BYU married student ward. He and his wife Heather have 2 children.
International singer Vanessa Joy had the distinct honor of singing for the USO at the Wounded Warriors Center in Ramstein, Germany. She also sang for the US Ambassador in Cairo, Egypt. She soloed with “Ensemble Vocale and Orchestra” in Nesselwang, Germany in St. Andres Catholic Cathedral and was the featured soloist with the “Concierto de Navidad” in Santiago Concepcion, Chile. Vanessa was only 13 when she starred in her first Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta. Vanessa went on to receive a scholarship and graduated with a degree in Music from Brigham Young University. She is in her sixth year as a guest faculty presenter at BYU Education Week. She has won several awards and competitions including the National Federation of Music Festival. Vanessa Joy has released 4 solo albums to her credit in various genres.
President of Cruise Lady. Diane has been leading groups for over 12 years and travels over 6 months of the year helping ensure each group has an unforgettable journey. She and her husband Larry, will add their expertise and excitement to make this a MUST-DO experience.
Victor L. Ludlow is a scholar of Isaiah and Judaism. He graduated with high honors from BYU and was a Danforth Fellow at Harvard and Brandeis Universities, where he received a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Professor Ludlow”s scholarship explores the areas of Bible studies, the Middle East, Jewish history, and theology, and comparative Latter-day Saint theology. He has authored numerous articles and the books: Unlocking the Old Testament; Isaiah:Prophet, Seer, and Poet; Principles and Practices of the Restored Gospel; and Unlocking Isaiah in the Book of Mormon. His most recent audio lecture is “Latter-day Insights: The Middle East.”
John Lund author of Mesoamerica and the Book of Mormon is this the place?, Avoiding Emotional Divorce, Art of Giving and Receiving Criticism, How to Hug A Porcupine; and many others; has served for more than thirty years as a marriage and family mediator; relationship expert; BYU Education Week speaker, Retired Institute Director; avid Book of Mormon scholar; and he has served in various church callings including twice as a bishop and as a member of a stake presidency. He and his wife, Bonnie, are the parents of eight children.
Scott and Becky Mackintosh inspire, motivate and move audiences, creating an experience that touches hearts for a lifetime. They are the parents of 7 children (5 were teens at the same time) and 7 grandchildren. Becky fills her time teaching seminary, writing, blogging, speaking and doing humanitarian work, but her favorite moments are time spent with her family. She was a featured speaker at the 2011 and 2013 BYU Women’s Conference. Scott has a diverse background in sales, concrete construction, hunting, wrestling, horses and more hunting. He currently serves as Bishop of a YSA ward. Scott became known worldwide, when a photograph of him wearing short-shorts to show his daughter that “short-shorts aren’t that cute” went viral! He has appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, CNN, Fox and Friends, Rachael Ray, The Matt Townsend Show, Jimmy Fallon and many others.
Jack Marshall taught for the LDS Church Educational System for forty years. He is an author, and has had audio CD”s produced. Jack has taught at religious and family conferences such as Especially for Youth, Know Your Religion, Education Week, Especially for Parents, BYU Family Conference and for BYU-TV programming. He has lectured at educational conferences and on educational tours in Russia, China, Africa, Europe, Central and South America, Canada, the Middle East, and throughout the United States. He and his wife Liz live in Bountiful, Utah. His knowledge on numerous diverse subjects is sure to enlighten us.
G. Sheldon Martin is a seminary teacher and a clinical mental health counselor. Sheldon completed a doctorate degree in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University. He is a favorite speaker at Education Week, EFY, Best of EFY, and at youth conferences around the country. He specializes in the areas of parenting, marriage, anxiety, depression, pornography addiction, and struggling teens. He and his wife, Nicole, are the parents of five children.
McLean is a storyteller, songwriter, filmmaker, playwright, and sought after speaker. Some of his film credits include: Together Forever, The Prodigal Son, and Mr. Krueger’s Christmas starring Jimmy Stewart and Nora’s Christmas Gift starring Celeste Holm. His Forgotten Carols musical has become a Christmas tradition since 1991 selling over 3/4 of a million tickets. His other musicals include Celebrating the Light, The Garden (an allegorical oratorio written with Bryce Neubert and orchestrated by Merrill Jenson), The Ark (written with Kevin Kelly and premiering Off Broadway 2005) and Threads (Featuring McKenzie Turley) He has written and produced more than 30 albums including a song collection he co-wrote with John Batdorf to help recovering addicts (Soundtrax 2 Recovery. www.2Recovery.org) and he is the author of books with accompanying soundtracks: Distant Serenade, Hold on the Light Will Come: And Other Lessons My Songs Have Taught Me, From God’s Arms to My Arms to Yours, Mission to be Happy, The Forgotten Carols, and Fairy Tale Christmas (also in development as a musical). McLean and his wife Lynne have three children and live in the Heber Valley, Utah.
Robert Millet is a professor of ancient scripture and former dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University; worked for LDS Social Services and the Church Educational System; author of Lost and Found, More Holiness Give Me, Alive in Chirst, Life After Death, When a Child Wanders, and Within Reach.
Kathy Headlee Miner, wife to Phillip Miner, is the mother of 5 children, stepmother to 2 sons; and grandmother of 10. She has involved her family in service adventures at home and around the world since 1980; including projects in Taiwan, Romania, Mexico, Haiti, Bolivia, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Indonesia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. She is the founder of Mothers Without Borders, (1992) whose mission is to: • Nurture and care for orphaned and vulnerable children • Strengthen families and communities caring for orphans • Empower women in developing countries • Provide life changing experiences for volunteers through service and cultural exchange Kathy’s professional pursuits include CEO of Mothers Without Borders, Motivational Speaker and Transformation Life Coaching Services for individuals and businesses throughout the US and Africa. In addition, Kathy has provided volunteer experiences for more than 950 men, women and children to countries around the world since 1992. These experiences are designed for individuals looking to better understand our diverse, and rapidly changing world, and discover the vital role each of us can play in making the world a better place. Kathy has been teaching at BYU Education Week since 2004, and serves as a Primary Teacher in the Edgemont 4th Ward, and a Young Women’s teacher in the Lusaka Zambia Ward.
Dr. Steven Lloyd Neal is a plastic surgeon; popular speaker; artist & sculptor. His paintings and sculptures are found in many church visitor centers. His two most recent creations, “Duty Calls” & “Duty Triumphs” honoring the Mormon Battalion were unveiled August 21, 2010 at This Is The Place Heritage Park in Utah. This incredible artist and fascinating speaker will be autographing FREE PRINTS for our group!
Clay Neves was blessed with a mother who expanded his mind from a very young age to the grand arc of the gospel, thus preventing any need for drugs or alcohol. His passion ever since has been gospel learning and sharing his unique perspective based on his life journey. He grew up in Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Boise before serving a mission in southern Japan and Okinawa. Clay has served in many leadership and teaching positions, and currently serves in the Oquirrh Mountain temple and as a ward missionary, both callings with his sweetheart, best friend, and wife of 31 years, JaNae Holt Neves. He has 3 adult children and a cat named Yoda. Though he would rather be making a living writing and performing his poetry, he is president of Personal Sales Dynamics, a small business consultancy firm, taking advantages of more than 35 years of sales management experience. He has spoken throughout the USA and Canada on business startup, growth, and development. As much as he loves small business, there is no topic he is more passionate about presenting than the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
D. Kelly Ogden has taught courses in Hebrew, Old and New Testament, writings of Isaiah, the Bible as literature, history of the ancient Near East, biblical and modern geography of the Holy Land, Pearl of Great Price, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants. He is the author or co-author of several books, including “The Holy Land – A Geographical, Historical, and Archaeological Guide to the Land of the Bible”, “Where Jesus Walked – The Land and Culture of New Testament Times”; “Jerusalem, The Eternal City”; “Discovering the World of the Bible”;and “The President and the Preacher – Memoirs of a Mission President and Companion”. He has served as President of the Jerusalem Branch in Israel, President of the Chile Santiago East Mission, and President of the Guatemala Missionary Training Center.
CAMILLE FRONK OLSON is a professor of ancient scripture and current chair of the Department of Ancient Scripture at BYU. Her PhD dissertation and subsequent journal articles focused on Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She has taught at the BYU Jerusalem Center and is the author of several books and articles on women in scripture including Women of the Old Testament and Women of the New Testament. For over a decade she was a member of the LDS-Evangelical Interfaith dialogues. She is a former member of the Young Women General Board. Her husband, Paul, is an ophthalmologist in Provo and has served in a variety of Church callings including bishop, MTC branch president, and his current calling as stake high councilor.
Jay Osmond is a member of the famous performing Osmond family. He has been performing with them since the age 2 1/2. Jay is the drummer of the group and was voted one of the top drummers of the country in the 70’s. The brothers were discovered by Walt Disney which led to nine years as regulars on the Andy Williams show. They were guest stars on many shows, such as Jerry Lewis, Glen Campbell, Sonny & Cher, and the list goes on and on. He was also the executive producer of the Donny & Marie Show. With over 50 gold and platinum records to their credit, Jay sang lead on hits Crazy Horses and One Way Ticket to Anywhere. Some of Jay’s favorite memories are performing for several United States presidents and twice before the Queen of England. When celebrating the Osmonds 50 years of show business, Jay along with his brothers and sister, was honored to be able to sing along with the Mormon Tabernacle choir. Jay just recently graduated from BYU with a degree in communications. When not performing with the brothers, he enjoys speaking and motivating others and helping them along their way however he can. His faith in the gospel and positive outlook on life are what he shares as his strengths in life. Jay was single until the age of 32, then after a difficult 23 year marriage was divorced. His heart goes out to the many LDS singles and he understands their struggles. Jay and his wife, Karen Randall Osmond were sealed by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in the Salt Lake City Temple. They currently live in St. George Utah, and have been married two years, but consider themselves to be newlyweds.
Nathan Osmond is an accomplished singer, songwriter and producer and has had much success internationally as well as in the United States. He and his brothers, The Osmonds 2nd Generation, had 3 songs in the top 40 in the UK and worked with some of the top bands of the 90s. Nathan has since gone on to create quite a successful solo career in the Country music world with four consecutive #1 hit singles on several Country charts. His music videos have been seen on CMT and GAC and he has recently opened for Country’s finest performers such as Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Lonestar, Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin, Martina McBride, Alabama and others. He played Gordon B. Hinckley’s mission companion in the TC Christensen film, “Gordon B. Hinckley – A Giant Among Men.” He is an Eagle Scout and served a two-year Spanish-speaking mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Chile, Santiago North Mission. Even though he spends a great deal of his time in Nashville, TN, he is proud to call American Fork, UT his home. He is married to Sarah Eileen Osmond.
Steven Kapp Perry is an award-winning songwriter, playwright, and broadcaster—the son of Douglas C. and Janice Kapp Perry. Steve has released 14 CDs of original music including From Cumorah’s Hill. He is the host of “Soft Sunday Sounds” on FM100.3, Utah’s most listened-to radio program, and you can hear him every weekday morning from 9-Noon on KBYU FM’s Classical 89. He is married to Johanne Frechette Perry. Johanne Fréchette Perry is originally from Montréal, Canada, but grew up in the Los Angeles area where she joined the LDS church as a teenager. She graduated with honors from BYU in Music Dance Theater and toured world-wide with the Young Ambassadors. She is a member of the four-woman vocal group, One Clear Voice. Johanne is the featured actress in “Polly—A One-Woman Musical,” which she has performed hundreds of times across the US. She teaches drama part-time at American Heritage, a private school in American Fork. Steve & Johanne have volunteered with ReachTheChildren.org in Kenya, Uganda, and Ghana. Steve currently serves as gospel doctrine teacher and Johanne is ward choir director in their home ward in Cedar Hills, Utah. The Perrys love music, the gospel of Jesus Christ, each other, and their four children.
Daniel C. Peterson is a religious educator and professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages. He received a bachelor”s degree in Greek and Philosophy from BYU and, after several years of study in Jerusalem and Cairo, earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Tom Pettit is the founder and owner of Living Heritage Tours. Tom’s unique focus on these tours is not to just teach the history, but to help you draw closer to the Savior by applying the lessons learned from the Church’s historical events to your own daily life. His love of the gospel, his passion for history, and his unique way of teaching has attracted people anxious to visit the sacred sites of the Restoration. Tom has authored two LDS Church History books which are scheduled to be released later this year. He served his mission in Australia. He has served in numerous teaching and church leadership positions. He and his wife Lesa have four children and live in Lehi, UT.
President and CEO, Next Phase Leadership International (India, Singapore, UK, EU, Japan). Brett is has taught in the seminary & institute program, at BYU Education Week for 18 years, at Know Your Religion series, and was a BYU faculty member in Department of Ancient Scripture, Department of Psychology, and Department of Family, Home & Social Science. Brett has various publications including two books on marriage and family relationships published by Deseret Book and several business books on leadership available on Amazon.com. Brett is married to Lisa P. Savage. He enjoys snowboarding, motocross, water skiing, mountain biking, scuba diving, and antiques.
Daniel Smith is a Biblical history enthusiast whose dream in life is to help visually teach about the scriptures in a way never done before. To achieve this, he has created the YouTube channel Messages of Christ (with 100 videos and over half a million views), has created numerous ancient artifacts (including the clothing of the High Priest), hosted over 20 Jewish Feasts (including 10 Passovers), and blogged on numerous subjects.
Hank Smith grew up in St. George, Utah. He served a mission to California, has an MBA from Utah State University, and a PhD from Brigham Young University where he is now an instructor in the Religion Department. Brother Smith, his wife Sara, and their 5 children, live in Mapleton, Utah. Brother Smith says, “Sara is incredible, she knows everything about me and still loves me.” Brother Smith enjoys running marathons and eating lots of ice cream, which is why he runs marathons. Brother Smith has spoken throughout the country in school assemblies, business seminars, and with programs such as The Best of Especially for Youth and Time Out for Women. Brother Smith has published 12 “Talks on CD”, 3 books, and a DVD with Deseret Book and Seagull Book. Please do not drive while listening to Brother Smith’s CDs. Studies show that sleeping while driving has a tendency to irritate other drivers. Listen and drive at your own risk!
Dr. John Stoker is a communications expert and trainer to many Fortune 500 companies. He is president of DialogueWORKS, and author of “Overcoming Fake Talk: How to Create REAL Conversations that Get Respect, Build Relationships, and Get Results.” Dr. Stoker has degrees in Organizational Behavior and Law. He was a faculty member in the BYU Department of Ancient Scripture for 13 years. We met him at Education Week where he had people laughing and writing down notes as fast as they could.
Curtis is a relationship coach called to heal families. He has a psychology degree from BYU, is a certified Louise Hay teacher and coach and has over 18 years of coaching experience. He currently works for Outlook Development where he trains people to take any area of their life to the next level using proven systems that create real, lasting change. He’s been married to the most beautiful woman on the planet, for 26 years, and they have four wonderful children.
Brent L. Top is the Dean of Religious Education at BYU and a professor of Church History & Doctrine. He has authored or co-authored 20 books and numerous articles on doctrinal, historical, scriptural and sociological subjects. He and his family lived in the Holy Land when Dr. Top taught at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near-Eastern Studies. He has traveled extensively in the Holy Land and has led several tours. From 2004-2007, he served as president of the Illinois Peoria Mission. Brent currently serves as president of the Pleasant Grove Utah East Stake. He and his wife, Wendy, have four children and 17 grandchildren.
Heidi Tucker was born and raised in the beautiful desert of Arizona. Following her graduation from Arizona State University she raised her family and found a strong connection working with the youth in seminary and as a Stake Young Women President. Her favorite getaway is a good long hike in the mountainous regions of Arizona and Utah. Her passion for hiking paves the way for quiet reflection of life’s journey and compliments an eagerness to write and speak about it. When she’s not at the top of a mountain solving life’s problems, you’ll find her with friends and family at the bottom of the ocean scuba diving. Between Mount Timpanogos and the Caribbean Ocean, Heidi will always find a way to tell a story and teach a principle. Her book Finding Hope in the Journey has inspired many to rise up and position their hearts to recognize God’s hand in their life.
John W. (Jack) Welch is well-known and highly regarded in LDS circles for his insightful studies of the Bible and Book of Mormon, including numerous works on Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, temple studies, the Gospel of Matthew, the parable of the Good Samaritan, the trial of Jesus, and the legal and cultural backgrounds of the New Testament. While serving in 1967 as a missionary in Regensburg, Germany, Jack discovered the remarkable literary form called chiasmus in the Book of the Mormon. In 1970, Jack received a master’s degree in Greek and Latin from BYU, where he studied under Hugh Nibley, Truman Madsen, and Terry Warner. He then spent two years at Oxford Studying Greek philosophy. From there, Jack went to law school at Duke where he an editor of the Duke Law Journal, and also studied with the eminent New Testament scholar, James Charlesworth. He practiced law in Southern California, where he founded the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) in 1979. He joined the faculty of the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1980, where he still teaches courses on tax, ancient laws, and Joseph Smith and the law. He has served as the general editor of the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, and as co-director of the Masada and Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition at BYU. Since 1991 he has been the editor-in-chief of BYU Studies Quarterly. He has been a bishop twice and has served in a stake presidency. He and his wife Jeannie have traveled widely. They have four children and seventeen grandchildren.
Elder and Sister Wells have seven children. Elder Wells feels that the Lord’s guidance in his life not only has helped him and his wife to choose the right path at the “spiritual crossroads” of their life, but also has helped his children to realize that their father acts, not by whim, but by the word of the Lord. From 1968 to 1971, Wells was president of the LDS Church’s Mexico Monterrey Mission. From 1971 to 1976 he worked for the church’s central purchasing department. Prior to his call as a general authority, Wells had served as a regional representative in several Latin American countries. In 1976, he became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, and held this position until 1997, when he designated an emeritus general authority. In February 1977, Wells took up residence in Santiago, Chile, as the church’s area representative for Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. From 1998 to 2001, Wells was president of the church’s Santiago Chile Temple.
Brad Wilcox was born and raised in Provo, Utah. He served a mission to Chile and married Debi Gunnell who served her mission in Guatemala. They have four children. Brad is a professor at BYU and has participated in programs such as Especially for Youth, Education Week, and Know Your Religion. He wrote his first book when he was 18 years old and has written many others since; including his bestseller The Continuous Atonement, The Continuous Conversion, Straight Talk for Parents: What Teenagers Wish They Could Tell You, Growing Up: Gospel Answers About Maturation and Sex, and many others. Brad was a mission president in the Chile Santiago East Mission.
Lynne has been an adjunct professor at BYU and is now the stake director and teacher at Stanford-Menlo Park Stake Institute in Californian. She has written three books and published several papers. Her latest brainchild is the new Book of Mormon Central web site which opened January 1, 2016, under the supervision of John W. Welch. She is a popular speaker at BYU Women’s Conference, Education week, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Mormon History Association, Sperry Symposiums, and many others. She received a PhD in Theology and American History at Marquette University. Lynne lives in Palo Alto, California with her husband Dow R. Wilson. She is mother to seven children—all with red hair.
Randal Wright has a Ph.D. from BYU in Family studies and has been a CES Coordinator, Instructor in the Religion Department at BYU and an Institute Director at the University of Texas. He is currently a life coach working with business executives, entertainers, educators and other highly motivated individuals. He speaks yearly at BYU Ed. Week and at various events held throughout the United States, Canada and England. He is the founder of the National Family Institute and www.lifemission4u.com. Randal is the author of 12 books including, Protecting Your Family in an X-Rated World; Achieving Your Life Mission; Power Parenting in the LDS Home; Making Every Day Meaningful; The Book of Mormon Miracle: 25 Reasons to Believe.