December 22, 2014

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Scot Facer Proctor

Scot Facer Proctor was raised in Rolla, Missouri, the son of Paul Dean and Martha Facer Proctor.  In his youth he was given the extraordinary opportunity to live in Ankara, Turkey for two different years.  During that time he traveled extensively,…

Maurine Proctor

Maurine Jensen Proctor is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Meridian Magazine.  With her husband, Scot, she has written several photographic books including Witness of the Light, a Photographic Journey in the Footsteps of the American Prophet, Joseph Smith; Source of…

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Mark Albright

Mark Albright is currently an Institute Teacher and Stake Mission Preparation Teacher.  He has been a mission president, temple ordinance worker, stake president, bishop, high councilman, and seminary teacher. He is a partner in the Las Vegas, Nevada, law firm…

Carolyn Allen

Carolyn Allen is the Author of 60 Seconds to Weight Loss Success - One Minute Inspirations to Change Your Thinking, Your Weight and Your Life. She has been providing mental and spiritual approaches for weight loss success both online and…

Philip Allred

A member of the BYU-Idaho Religion Department Faculty. 15 years as faculty member in the BYU-Idaho Religion Department at BYU-Idaho, 8 years teaching in Seminary and Institutes for the Church Educational System in Utah and south-eastern Idaho. Born in Ankara,…

Margaret Anderson

Margaret Anderson is the mother of four smart, boisterous children. Andy (8), Kate (6), Luke (4) and Dean (1) keep her on her toes and sure know how to push her buttons, but they also know how to make her…

Catherine Arveseth

Catherine Keddington Arveseth is a full-time mother to five young children, including two sets of twins. She has published articles at Meridian, Deseret News, Power of Moms, Segullah, Multiply Goodness, and Reader's Digest. She has co-authored two books with Power…

Michael Ash

Michael R. Ash is a veteran staff member of the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR), former weekly columnist for the Mormon Times and has presented several papers at LDS-related symposiums. Ash is the author of Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One's Testimony In the…

Warren Aston

Warren Aston is a writer currently based in Brisbane, Australia. He travels extensively pursuing research interests and trying to keep up with his six children and, so far, a dozen grandchildren. His work has been featured in the Ensign, New Era,…

Larry Barkdull

Larry Barkdull is the author of number of books, including a seven-book series called Pillars of Zion (www.pillarsofzion.com) and Rescuing Wayward Children, a subject that he teaches at BYU Education Week. He is a regular fireside speaker and loves to teach Gospel Doctrine…

Kevin Beckstrom

Kevin Beckstrom is a native of Salt Lake City, served a mission in Korea and is a graduate of BYU. Beckstrom has been publishing cartoons since he was 16, and his work has appeared in numerous newsletters, trade publications, newspapers…

Jane Birch

Jane Birch, PhD, is Assistant Director for Faculty Development at the Brigham Young University Faculty Center where she enjoys helping BYU faculty members become their best. She was born in Sacramento, California and now resides in Provo, Utah and happily…

Ashby D. Boyle

Prior to returning to academia this year, Ashby Boyle was an entrepreneur and attorney, beginning his career at the Washington, D.C. office of Sullivan & Cromwell.  He is currently a research fellow at Yale, at work on two books.  One is…

Jeffrey Bradshaw

Jeffrey M. Bradshaw (PhD in Cognitive Science, University of Washington) is a Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), where he leads the research group developing the KAoS policy services framework(www.ihmc.us/groups/jbradshaw). With Marco Carvalho,…

Laura M. Brotherson

 Laura M. Brotherson, MS, MFT, CFLELaura's Best-Selling Book is on SALE on Meridian today! Click to Order! Marriage and intimacy expert, Laura M. Brotherson, MS, MFT, is the author of the best-selling book, And They Were Not Ashamed - Strengthening…

S. Kent Brown

S. Kent Brown is a professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University and is the current director of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) on campus, which is a part of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute…

Carol Clark

Carol holds a Ph.D. from the University of Utah and currently manages the Family History Department Hosting and Research Services team.    She served on the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education and on a number of community boards.  She won…

Jon Clark

Jon Clark lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife and four children. He is an award-winning composer for TV, cartoonist and published children's book author. His cartoons have appeared in the New Era, Sunstone, Highlights, and Mormon Times online. Honest…

Susan Corpany

Susan Law Corpany grew up in Salt Lake City. She attended Utah State University and the University of Utah, and she is currently attending the University of Hawaii at Hilo, on the big island of Hawaii, where she now lives.…

Shelia Cosper

Shelia Cosper is a writer, cartoonist and illustrator (not necessarily in that order) that has distanced herself from doing any actual important or significant work.  She lives without a television and owns minimal electronic devices, although she does have a…

Jonathan Decker

Jonathan Decker is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a family life educator. He has a passion for film and performance, having written, directed, and starred in several independent films as well as writing for and acting in the popular…

William Duncan

William C. Duncan is director of the Marriage Law Foundation. He previously served as the director of the Marriage Law Project at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.

Rodger Dean Duncan

Rodger Dean Duncan is a descendant of 19th century Baptist evangelists and a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has served as bishop of two wards, as a stake president, and as a stake mission…

Larry L. Eastland

Dr. Larry Eastland is a partner in an international business group with companies in the U.S., Asia, South America and the Middle East. He is a former Staff Assistant to the President of the United States. He received his doctorate from…

Susan Elzey

Susan Dean Elzey grew up as an Army brat, living all over the world, but found her home in Danville, Virginia, when she was 15. Soon after, she fell in love with poetry and writing. She raised seven children in…

Breck England

Breck England, product architect and consultant for FranklinCovey Company, earned a bachelor's degree in Medieval History and master's and PhD in English and literary theory from the University of Utah.An appointment in his college years as an assistant researcher to…

Richard and Linda Eyre

Richard and Linda Eyre are among the most popular speakers in the world on parenting and families. Their clients and audiences range from The Young President's Organization (YPO) and major corporations and associations to a wide array of school, civic,…

James Ferrell

James L. Ferrell was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Brigham Young University with degrees in economics and philosophy and went on to receive a law degree from Yale Law School. He serves as managing director of…

William Fortune

Bill Fortune is a cartoonist, artist, graphics designer, and history buff. After spending nearly 45 years in advertising as an Art Director/Creative Director, he spent the last 15 years on the corporate side of business. In March of 2014 he…

Stan M. Gardner

Dr. Stan is the medical director of the Keys to Healing Medical Center, located at 2332 West 12600 South, Suite 2B in Riverton, UT 84065.  You may reach him at 801-302-5397.  As an M.D., Dr. Gardner practiced conventional Western medicine…

Emily Geddes

Emily H. Geddes was born to two physicists, grew up as a Navy brat, and taught herself to read before she was four. She holds a BA in Theatre from Brigham Young University, which she attended on a Howard W.…

Ted Gibbons

Nathaniel Givens

Nathaniel Givens is a data scientist and entrepreneur with degrees in math, systems engineering, and economics. He is a Contributing Editor for Expand and has also written for Real Clear Religion, First Things, and Square Two. He also maintains his…

Wallace Goddard

Wally Goddard is a Professor of Family Life for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service where he develops programs on personal well-being, marriage, and parenting. He is well known for his many creative family programs, including The Marriage Garden…

Paul Grundberg

Born in the North Chicago suburbs, Mom was from Salt Lake, Dad from the South Side of Chicago, started drawing cartoons in 8th grade with my best friend. I drew cartoons on the back of my letters to the President…

Ralph Hancock

Jennie Hansen

Jennie Hansen graduated from Ricks College in Idaho, then Westminster College in Utah. She has been a freelance magazine writer, newspaper reporter, editor, and librarian. Her published novels fall in several genre categories, including romantic suspense, mystery, historical, and western.…

Colleen Harrison

Colleen C. Harrison is the author of He Did Deliver Me from Bondage , the LDS 12 Step study guide that was used by LDS Family Services for 10 years from 1995 to 2005, during the A pilot program @…

Cassandra Showell Hedelius

Cassandra S. Hedelius studied political science and mathematics at the University of Oklahoma and law at the University of Colorado. She has practiced domestic and business law for profit, and researches and writes about Mormonism for pleasure. Her main focus…

Joni Hilton

Joni Hilton is an award-winning playwright and the author of 23 books.  Her latest book, “FUNERAL POTATOES-THE NOVEL” (Covenant Communications) is in LDS bookstores everywhere.  “LDS NURSERY RHYMES” is available at the BYU Bookstore. She’s also the author of the…

Daris Howard

Daris Howard, an award winning author and playwright, grew up on an Idaho farm.  He was a state champion athlete, competed in college athletics, and served a mission to Rochester, New York.   He has worked as a cowboy, a mechanic,…

Darla Isackson

Darla Isackson believes that writing is part of her "heavenly assignment" and has been a professional writer for four decades. In her twenties she found great joy and success serving in the California Mission, where she was asked to write…

Gary Lawrence

Gary Lawrence is a public opinion pollster with a variety of clients from Fortune 500 corporations to public office holders, and is the author of How Americans View Mormonism; Seven Steps to Improve Our Image.He received a B.A. from BYU…

Gary and Joy Lundberg

Gary and Joy Lundberg live in Provo, Utah and are parents of five children and have thirteen grandchildren. Gary is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice, and is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage…

Erin McBride

Erin Ann McBride is a writer, dreamer, and blogger. Don't miss her newest novel, "You Heard It Here First!" published in August 2012. Erin Ann is the author of the novella "The Agency," and co-author of "Beyond Perfection." She is…

Ron McMillan

About Ron McMillanRon McMillan is the four-time New York Times best-selling co-author of Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations, Influencer, and Change Anything. For more than 25 years, he has served as an expert in behavior change, interpersonal communication, and corporate training. A…

Ronald Millett

Ron Millett and his wife Rhonda live in Cedar Hills, Utah.  They have six energetic children and three wonderful grandchildren. Ron has BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from BYU and also a MA degree in Linguistics from BYU. …

Wm Monahan

William Monahan is a 1980 graduate of BYU Law School. He practices law in Gilbert, Arizona. A former Phoenix Stake president, he serves on the High Council for the Queen Creek Chandler Heights Stake. He is active in Arizona Interfaith…

Heather Moore

Heather B. Moore is the author of Women of the Book of Mormon: Insights & Inspirations as well as the award-winning historical novels: Abinadi and Alma.

Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry received his B.S. from BYU in Psychology with a Hebrew minor. As an undergraduate he spent time at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies in the intensive Hebrew program. He received an M.A. in Ancient Near Eastern…

Holly Newton

Holly Evans Newton has taught kindergarten through 7th grades for 25 years and writes a weekly children's book review column for the largest distributed newspaper throughout mid-Missouri.  She appeared weekly on the NBC affiliate in Missouri and Phoenix for 8…

Carolyn Nicolaysen

Carolyn Nicolaysen grew up in New Jersey where she loved baking with her grandfather, swimming, singing in school choirs, and visiting the Jersey Shore. Carolyn joined the LDS Church while attending Central College in Pella, Iowa where she earned a…

D. Kelly Ogden

D. Kelly Ogden is professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He 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…

Rynna Ollivier

Rynna Ollivier is a life long member of the Church who has served as a Stake Young Women’s President for 15 years, Ward Relief Society Presidency, Stake Missionary, Church Public Affairs for the South Bay area of Southern California, and…

Rosemary Palmer

Rosemary Palmer is a wife, mother of two children, and a grandmother of four.  After teaching elementary and secondary school, Rosemary was a professor in the College of Education, Department of Literacy, at Boise State University . She has published articles…

Marvin Payne

Marvin Payne is a professional actor, wordcrafter, songwriter, and recording artist.

Nicholeen Peck

Nicholeen Peck is a popular public speaker around North America who most often addresses the subject of parenting. Her parenting methods clam tantrum toddlers to tough teens while creating a family structure which invites the spirit of love and good…

Anne Perry

Anne Perry's publishing career began with The Cater Street Hangman. Published in 1979, this was the first book in the series to feature the Victorian policeman Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte. This is arguably the longest sustained crime…

Steven Perry

Steven Kapp Perry is a Pearl Award-winning songwriter, playwright, and broadcaster - the host of "Soft Sunday Sounds" on FM100 in Salt Lake City. Steve loves music, cream cheese on bagels, his wife Johanne, and whichever of their 4 children…

Janice Kapp Perry

Janice Kapp Perry was born in Ogden, Utah, raised in Vale, Oregon, and currently lives in Provo, Utah. She and her husband, Douglas, have five children and 13 grandchildren. Through the years, they have also had many foster children. Janice…

Daniel Peterson

Daniel C. Peterson is a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University, and editor-in-chief of BYU's Middle Eastern Texts Initiative.

Janet Peterson

Janet Peterson has served on the Church Correlation Committee (Materials Evaluation) for the past decade. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in English from BYU. A free-lance writer, she has published over 100 articles in Church magazines, including "Friend to…

Carol Petranek

Carol Kostakos Petranek has been hooked on non-fiction writing since childhood, and on family history research for the past 30 years. Melding the two has been a joyous adventure which has led her to journeys of discovery and introspection, and…

James W. Petty

James W. Petty, AG, CG is the Board-Certified and Accredited Professional Genealogist, "Climbing the Family Tree Professionally Since 1969". He is President of HEIRLINES Family History & Genealogy, Inc. (www.Heirlines.com), a professional genealogy research services firm, providing professionally-standardized and verified…

John P. Pratt

John P. Pratt writes a monthly column for Meridian Magazine giving one LDS perspective on current science.  He has a Ph.D. in astronomy and specializes in religious chronology and ancient calendars. He has authored several articles in the Ensign and…

Anne Pratt

Anne Hinton Pratt is a composer and writer. After doing graduate work at BYU, she says she married the “perfect man,” had five children in three different countries, (Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and Mexico), and she is now living “happily…

Mariah Proctor

Mariah Proctor is a current student at Oxford University pursuing a Masters in creative writing. She is a graduate of BYU with a Bachelors in Theater and German. She considers herself a citizen of the world and particularly loves writing…

Scot and Maurine Proctor

After receiving her education from University of Utah and Harvard, Maurine Jensen Proctor, the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Meridian Magazine, began her writing career with McGraw Hill Magazines and the Chicago Sun-Times. She has created award-winning television documentaries, has written…

Andy Proctor

After his last semester at the BYU Jerusalem Center, Andy Proctor graduated from BYU in 2009, with a Bachelors in psychology. Since his graduation, he has become an internet entrepreneur starting an SEO business, building and marketing an iPhone app,…

Joanne Rich

Joanne Patterson Rich has lived in Salt Lake City most of her life, attending Olympus High School and graduating with a BA in Communications from BYU!  She married the most wonderful man on earth, Jim Rich, who passed away valiantly in…

Larry Richman

Larry Richman writes daily articles at www.LDSMediaTalk.com to help Latter-day Saints become more aware of helpful resources from the Church and from others. He regularly encourages people to hasten the work of the Lord by sharing the goodness of the…

Bruce Satterfield

Bruce K. Satterfield Bruce Satterfield is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Brigham Young University - Idaho where he teaches Old and New Testament. He also teaches Biblical Hebrew in the Honors Program. Bro.Satterfield did his undergraduate…

Franz Sidney

Franz Sidney is originally from Italy and lives in England, UK, with her husband, two children and two Guinea pigs. A returned missionary from Athens, Greece, she is a part-time language teacher and illustrator, author of the book Back to…

JeaNette Smith

JeaNette G. Smith is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (L.M.F.T.) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (L.M.H.C.) in private practice in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She is the author of the recently released book, Unsteady: What Every Parent Absolutely Must…

Seth Smith

Seth Adam Smith was born in Alaska and raised in Utah. He has edited and produced many short LDS films for the internet and runs several popular blogs and YouTube channels. He enjoys gardening, politics, writing, film, running marathons and…

Don Staheli

 Don H. Staheli holds a bachelor's degree in history and master's degrees in international management and social work.  He has lovingly assisted thousands of people in his work as a licensed clinical social worker and trainer. He has served for…

Geoff Steurer

Geoff Steurer is a licensed marriage and family therapist in St. George, UT. He is the founding director of LifeStar of St. George, a treatment program for couples and individuals impacted by pornography and sexual addiction. He is also the…

James Summerhays

Before his position as an editor at BYU Studies, James T. Summerhays was New Media Editor at Deseret Book and most recently an administrator in the Continuing Education department at BYU. Having been involved in the publishing world in some…

Vickey Taylor

Vickey is a songwriter/producer, vocalist, and professional speaker, who has spoken for more than two decades Church Education Systems, including BYU Education Week and Best of Especially for Youth.  She is a Billboard award winning songwriter, with hundreds of songs…

M. Catherine Thomas

M. Catherine Thomas was converted to the Church at age 19. Soon after her baptism she went to the Church College of Hawaii (now BYU-HC), where she married her English Literature professor, Gordon K. Thomas at semester break in the…

Dian Thomas

During the past 25 years, Dian Thomas has delivered more than 5000 media appearances. She is the author of 18 books, including the New York Times Best Seller Roughing it Easy, which has sold more than a million copies. She…

Devin Thorpe

Devin D. Thorpe, author of Building Wealth for Building the Kingdom: A Financial Planning Guide for Latter-day Saint Families and other books, recently served as a business professor at South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China for BYU's Kennedy…

Arie Van De Graaff

Arie Van De Graaff’s art is featured regularly in both The Friend and The New Era.  He has also published four books: Mormon Life, The Puzzle Book for LDS Kids, The A-MAZE-ing Book of Mormon, and Now That I am…

G.G. Vandagriff

G.G. Vandagriff is the full-time writer of eleven books, including the Whitney Award Winner The Last Waltz: A Novel of Love and War. A Meridian columnist for ten years, she is a survivor of bi-polar disorder and has written, with…

Dennis Weaver

Dennis has been in love with food since he was given a cookbook for his eighth birthday.  Since then, he has burnt food from Miami, Florida to Point Barrow, Alaska.  He is the general manager of The Prepared Pantry in…

Pamela Whitmore

Pamela Whitmore is editor at Sutherland Institute.