Dennis Horne Interview – Episode 2.40

Dennis B. Horne was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and grew up in Bountiful, Utah. Dennis was a previous guest, episode 3 I believe…

Dennis worked for a number of years in television broadcasting before accepting a position with the Materials Management Department of the LDS Church, where he works as a technical writer.

Dennis is the author of several doctrinally and historically oriented books, including the biography Bruce R. McConkie: Highlights from His Life and Teachings; Called of God by Prophecy; An Apostles Record: The Journals of Abraham H. Cannon; Determining Doctrine; and Faith to Heal and Be Healed, as well as Latter Leaves in the Life of Lorenzo Snow both issued by Cedar Fort, Inc. His latest book is a Biography on Orson F. Whitney.

To purchase a copy of The Orson F. Whitney Biography, click here.

Ty Mansfield Interview – Episode 2.5

Ty Mansfield is a marriage and family therapist currently living in Provo, Utah, with his wife and their two kids. He chronicled his own spiritual journey with same-sex attraction as co-author of In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-Gender Attraction (released by Deseret Book, in 2004) and later compiled Voices of Hope: Latter-day Saint Perspectives on Same-Gender Attraction—An Anthology of Gospel Teachings and Personal Essays (also released by Deseret Book in 2011). He also co-directs the Voices of Hope Project, a website extension of the book, and has been featured in the May/June 2013 issue of LDS Living magazine and on the Church website Ty is a co-founder and the current president of the nonprofit organization North Star, a faith-affirming support organization for LDS individuals and families affected by homosexuality and who desire to live within the framework of the doctrines and teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Visit Voices of Hope here.

For more on the NorthStar organization click here.

Russell Stevenson Interview – Episode 153

Russell Stevenson is an independent researcher who also moonlights as an instructor at Salt Lake Community College. He has been studying Mormon history online and in the archives for nearly twenty years. He learned his first lesson of historical analysis from his father: if you’re going to drink water from a river, drink it from the source, not after all the cows have waded in it. Russell Stevenson is the author of the book Black Mormon: The Story of Elijah Ables.

To purchase Black Mormon: The Story of Elijah Ables click here.


Gwen McGarry Interview – Episode 146

Gwen Anderson Jacobson McGarry was born and raised in central Utah. Gwen was active in community affairs and was the first woman elected to the Ephraim City Council where she served 12 years.  She was a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician and rode the ambulance for 12 years, co-coordinated and taught the EMT Courses for 7 years and served on the Board of Trustees for 12 years at Snow College. Gwen has written three published works,” A History of the Bank of Ephraim,”  a short story of her pioneer great-grand parents entitled, “Another New Day “and her latest book, “I Am Coming Home.” She lives in Ephraim, Utah, where she writes family histories, and enjoys visits from children, grand-children and great-grand-children.

To purchase a copy of Gwen McGarry’s book, I Am Coming Home, click here!

Bill Betenson Interview – Episode 137

Some wish they were related to a famous person. Our guest today, Bill Betenson is actually related to a famous person—he is related to Butch Cassidy who is his great-uncle. Bill’s interest in Butch Cassidy was sparked when he was four years old and attended a private screening of the Paul Newman and Robert Redford movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” He watched this movie with his great-grandmother, Lula Betenson, who wrote the book, Butch Cassidy, My Brother.

Since that time, and for over two decades, Betenson researched and studied the life and times of Butch Cassidy. Betenson had access to privileged family information and memorabilia, he traveled to South America to Butch Cassidy’s ranch to conduct personal interviews with those close to the story, and he spent hours in dusty archives. Betenson offers up new information about this infamous outlaw’s life and controversial death in his book, Butch Cassidy: My Uncle.

To buy Butch Cassidy: My Uncle from Eborn Books click here.

Brian C. Hales Interview – Episode 134

Brian C. Hales is a board-certified anesthesiologist in Layton, Utah. He graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in biology and from the University of Utah, College of Medicine.

He authored Setting the Record Straight: Mormon Fundamentalism (2008) and The Priesthood of Modern Polygamy: An LDS Perspective (1992). Hales has published articles in Mormon Historical Studies, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and the Journal of Mormon History. Brian Hales is also webmaster of and

In addition to a fulltime LDS mission in Venezuela (1976-78). He is the father of four adult children and author of the book Joseph Smith’s Polygamy.

To purchase Joseph Smith’s Polygamy, click here.

Episode 126 – Interview with Kent Miles

The old saying goes, a picture is worth 1,000 words. If that saying is true, then Kent Miles has probably composed more “words” than most. Kent Miles has been doing documentary photography for over 35 years. His mission is to invest the photographs I create with gracious honesty, enduring beauty, and significance that increases with the passage of time.


Kent is the co-author and contributor to the book Mormon Women: Portraits and Conversations. Visit Kent’s Website here. 

Episode 121 – Interview with Stephen G. Schwendiman

Stephen Schwendiman was born and raised in Freeport, Illinois. Steve attended Brigham Young University where he graduated in 1972 with a BA in Political Science, a Masters of Public Administration program, and went to Law School at the University of Utah.

After graduating, Steve worked as an Assistant Utah Attorney General with the State of Utah. In 2003 Steve accepted an assignment representing the Department of Natural Resources including general counsel for the Board of Oil, Gas and Mining and the Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands. Steve retired in January 2010 after 35 years with the State of Utah.

Steve has had a love of Church history and doctrine for many years amassing a library of over 3,100 church books and pamphlets, 40,000 church periodicals, and other church related material. Steve is currently President of the South German Mission Foundation, a private foundation of former missionaries who served in the South German Mission. This foundation translated the entire Encyclopedia of Mormonism and other church related material into the German language providing it free of charge on the internet to German speaking people everywhere.

To buy Stephen’s series on the Mendon Saints visit Eborn Books online store.

Episode 110 – Interview with Kim Smith

Born in Maryville Tennessee in 1962, to Joseph and Sue Smith, Kimberly Jo Smith has used her love of writing music and stories to expound upon the importance of family. After learning at the age of 12 that she had a great-great grandfather named Joseph Smith, Jr. who built a church, Kimberly began a journey that would reveal to her an ancestry she had never known, and a family that had been sorely broken. Kimberly travels with her son throughout the United States telling the story of her line of the Smith posterity, the importance of the Atonement of the Savior, and healing and uniting families.

Kimberly and her son, Bryan, have been touring the United States since 2000 doing firesides about the Smith posterity and are active as Ambassadors for the Joseph Smith Jr. and Emma Hale Smith Historical Society. Kim is the author of the book Rising Hills and Sinking Valley’s.

Kim Smith will be doing a book and CD signing at Eborn Book’s downtown location on April 19th at 10:00 a.m.

Visit Kim Smith’s Website.

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Episode 103 – Interview with Dennis Horne

In part two of our shows featuring the works on the writings and life of President Lorenzo Snow, Nick Galieti interviews Dennis Horne. Dennis is a well respected biographer, gospel doctrine and devotional writer. His latest work is a biography entitled “Latter Leaves in the Life of Lorenzo Snow.” Co-written and compiled from the writings of Orson F. Whitney, this volume provides some valuable supplemental material and history that will aid in augment one’s study of the Priesthood and Relief Society Manual for 2013.

To purchase a copy of “Latter Leaves in the Life of Lorenzo Snow” click here.