Bio: Born and reared in Southern California. Joined the church just before 18th birthday. Served two missions to Bangkok Thailand; one a year after joining the church and the other from 1997 to 2000 as a mission president. Married to Tiina Anita Goodman from Lahti Finland since 1985. Son: Mika and Daughter Kaisa. Bachelors degree in Journalism: Public Relations, Masters degree in Information Technology and a Ph.D. in Marriage, Family and Human Development.Worked for the Church Educational System since 1989. The first 9 years teaching seminary and institute in Oregon. After returning from serving as a mission president, taught at BYU while completing a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family. After completing doctorate, was Manager of the Church Educational System’s College Curriculum for three years. Have taught eight different courses in both the Church History and Doctrine and Ancient Scriptures departments at BYU. Co-Investigator on the Family Foundations of Youth Development longitudinal research project. Focus on adolescent and family faith development and mental health outcomes. Special emphasis on suicidality.Languages: Thai
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Courses Taught: The Eternal Family, Missionary Preparation, The Living Prophets and Doctrine and Covenants in the Church History and Doctrine Department; Book of Mormon, New Testament, Old Testament and Pearl of Great Price in the Ancient Scriptures Department
Areas of Research: Marriage and Family / LDS Doctrine / Missionary Work and the International Church / Adolescent Development / Suicidality with a special emphasis on LGBTQ adolescents.
- Committee/Council Chair, National Council on Family Relations (2017 - Present)
- Committee/Council Member, National Council on Family Relations (2017 - Present)
- Officer, National Council on Family Relations (2016 - 2017)