Born in Jacksonville, Florida, as the tenth of fourteen children. Received Eagle Scout Award and graduated from early-morning seminary. Served a mission in the California South Mission, then returned to studies at Brigham Young University. Master's degree in American western history with an emphasis in Latter-day Saint pioneer history. Doctorate in educational leadership with emphasis in Latter-day Saint academies and Church education. Married to the former Mary Farnsworth of Beaver County, Utah, and had eight children.
Courses Taught: Doctrine and Covenants, Teachings of the Living Prophets, Latter-day Saint History, The International Church, Men and Women of Mormondom
Areas of Expertise: Church History in the Southeast and the Southwest; Church Colonization in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada; History of Church Education (Academies); Latter-day Saint Biography
Areas of Research: Arizona Territorial Prison at Yuma, Cane Creek Massacre in Tennessee, Southern States Mission, Persecution in the Southern States, Missionary Evacuation at Outbreak of World War II, International Church History and Latter-day Saint Military History
Teaching InterestsDoctrine and Covenants, Teachings of the Living Prophets, Church History, Missionary Preparation, International Church
- Guest Speaker, Missionary Work Symposium