SPEAKERS

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BRAD WILCOX

Thursday Devotional

Brad Wilcox is a professor in the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University where he also enjoys working with such programs as Especially for Youth, Women’s Conference, and Campus Education Week. He is the author of the book, The Continuous Atonement, and the BYU devotional, “His Grace is Sufficient.”

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GARY C. LAWRENCE

Saturday Workshop Speaker

Gary Lawrence is a public opinion pollster who received a B.A. from BYU and a Ph.D. from Stanford. He is the author of three books: How Americans View Mormonism, Mormons Believe … What?!, and The War in Heaven Continues. 

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ELYSE PETERSON HALES

Saturday Workshop Speaker

Elyse graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism, where her passion for sports led her to apply for ESPN's DREAM JOB.

She then began her full time TV broadcasting career at the NBC affiliate in Idaho as the morning anchor. Recruited by KJZZ, the flagship station for the NBA’s

Utah Jazz, Elyse became the face of the Jazz reporting on and off the basketball court as their television sideline reporter and producer.

MATT BALL

Saturday Workshop Speaker

Matt’s responsibilities as Director of Public Affairs (for the North America

West Area) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints involve developing

relationships and building bridges with significant voices in business, government,

academia, entertainment, interfaith and other opinion leaders, and working to forge

key partnerships in areas such as religious freedom and humanitarian efforts.

DIANA HOELSCHER

Saturday Workshop Speaker

Diana is a published author who has spoken for over 20 years in hundreds of stakes and wards throughout the church. She would say, "She doesn't have any fancy titles or big degrees. She is a homemaker, a wife and a mother of four,... same kind of person as her listeners in many ways. She has a burning desire to share the gospel and the spiritual gift to bare testimony."

BRUCE M. RICHARDSON

Saturday Workshop Speaker

Bruce M. Richardson is a native Californian, was raised in Salt Lake City and Los Altos, California. He received a JD from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley and worked in the Office of General Counsel for the California State University where he served as Deputy General Counsel the latter half of his career. He is an ordained Patriarch, teaches a stake scripture class each week and serves as an ordinance worker and sealer in the Newport Beach Temple. 

SUSAN EASTON BLACK

Saturday Keynote Speaker

Susan Easton Black joined the faculty of Brigham Young University in 1978 after receiving a doctorate from BYU in educational psychology. She served as a professor of Church history and doctrine and an associate dean of General Education and Honors.
Dr. Black received the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991. She has authored, edited, and compiled over 90 books and as many articles.

ELDER KEVIN W. PEARSON

Sunday Devotional

Elder Pearson is currently serving at Church headquarters as the President of the North America West Area and as an Assistant Executive Director in the Family History Department.

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