Chad P. Conrad grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, and served a mission in Mexico City. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from Boston University, both in philosophy. Chad taught philosophy at Brigham Young University for seven years and has taught full time for LDS Seminaries and Institutes of Religion for twenty years. He married Stacy in the Manti Temple and they are now being raised by eight children in Orem, Utah!
Brock Booher grew up on a farm in rural Kentucky, the fourth of ten children, where he learned to work hard, use his imagination, and believe in himself. He left the farm to pursue the friendly skies as a pilot, and currently flies for a major US carrier. A dedicated husband and father of six children, he began writing out of sheer arrogance, but the writing craft quickly humbled him. During that process, he discovered that he enjoyed writing because it is an endeavor that can never quite be mastered. He still gladly struggles everyday to improve his writing and storytelling skills. Brock is the author of Healing Stone from Sweetwater Books, and is here today to talk about his book, sort of book, we’ll define it a little later, Return and Continue with Honor: A Guide for Returning Missionaries.
Randal A. Wright obtained a PhD in Family Studies from Brigham Young University. His dissertation addressed the impact of electronic media (TV, movies, music and he internet) on the attitudes and behaviors of adolescents. He worked with the church educational System for many years as an institute Director and taught in the religion department at BYU. He is the founder of lifemission4u.com.
He is the author of several boo(s including-25 Mistakes LDS Parents Make and How to Avoid Them; Families in Danger: Protecting your Family in an x-rated world; The case forChastity: Helping Youth Stay Morally Clean and Achieving Your Life Mission)
He has written chapters in several other books and articles in magazines as well. He has been a frequent speaker to adults at Know Your Religion and has spoken regularly to the youth to the youth at especially for Youth and youth conferences throughout the United States, Canada and England. He and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of five married children and have sixteen grandchildren. Randal A. Wright is a fifth generation Texan. Randal Wright is the author of Book of Mormon Miracle, 25 reasons to Believe.
Nicole Carpenter is a mother of four, a communication consultant, columnist, and owner and operator of the popular blog MOMentity. She has a degree in Communications and Public relations and has now joined the ranks of the published author with her title 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family.
Darla Isackson learned about adversity at an early age. She received life-threatening third degree burns as a child and has had health challenges all her life as a result. She served a full-time mission to Southern California, graduated as a valedictorian from Utah State University, married a returned missionary in the temple, gave birth to five healthy sons, and has been a professional writer, editor, and speaker for decades.
For Darla, life didn’t turn out as she planned. Divorce, remarriage, a blended family that didn’t blend well, serious car accidents, 7 preemie grandchildren, and ongoing health challenges were only prelude to her biggest heartbreak: losing a son to depression, alcohol, and drugs, then, to suicide.
In 2001 she became a regular columnist for Meridian Magazine online, and has posted close to 300 articles. In 2009 she released her book titled, Trust God No Matter What! and in 2010, the book called After My Son’s Suicide: An LDS Mother Finds Comfort in Christ and Strength to Go On. You can learn more about them on her web site: darlaisackson.com.
Terryl Givens holds the James A. Bostwick chair of English and is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond and the author of several books. His writing has been praised by the new York Times as “provocative reading” and includes the most recent title, When Souls Had Wings, a history of the idea of pre-mortal life in Western Thought.
Fiona Givens is a retired modern language teacher with undergraduate degree’s in French and German and a graduate degree in European History. She is now an independent scholar who has published in several journals and reviews in Mormon studies, including the Journal of Mormon History, Exponent II, and LDS Living.
Terryl and Fiona are the grandparents of five, and parents of six.
Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He and his wife, Gwen, have three children. He is the author of five books, including Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology and Letters to a Young Mormon. He is here today to talk about an upcoming title that he contributed to and edited for the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at BYU entitled An Experiment on the Word: A Reading of Alma 32.
Jane Birch graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors in History and a PhD in Instructional Science. She currently serves as Assistant Director for Faculty Development at the BYU Faculty Center. Her accomplishments include creating BYU’s premiere faculty development program for new faculty, which she directed for 15 years. Her current work includes assisting BYU faculty in combining religious faith with academic discipline. Her academic publications and presentations cover a variety of topics, primarily related to faculty development. Jane Birch is the author of Discovering the Word of Wisdom: Surprising Insights from a Whole Food, Plant-based Perspective (2013).
Robert K. McIntosh and his wife Susan live in Santa Barbara, California. They are the parents of five children and are fortunate to have twenty-four grandchildren and one great grandson. Robert received a bachelors and masters degree from Brigham Young University. For thirty-five years he was employed by Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. He left teaching for eight years and traveled around the U.S. and Canada giving seminars on managing entry-level workers. He is the author of two religious books, “The Teachings of George Albert Smith,” and “”How do You Know When You’re Really in Love?”; and two business books, “Minimum Wage, Maximum Results,” and “Where Did I Put That Cattle Prod?”
His articles have appeared in the Ensign, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Forbes. Robert is the author of “How do You Know When You’re Really in Love? And is with us by phone today to talk about his latest book, Choosing Your Eternal Companion.
Karen W. John was born in the middle of a sibling group of nine children. During her childhood, she and her family performed singing, dancing and playing instruments as they traveled across numerous states and into several countries. This is where she believes she developed a great love for diversity and people. Although she loves to perform, her ultimate passion next to her husband of thirty-seven years and her five sons and their families, is using what she has learned to help others progress and grow.
She earned her Masters Degree in Social Work at Walla Walla University and is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has years of counseling experience including but not limited to individuals, marriage and family, and all forms of addiction. She has taught Social Work classes part-time at BYU-I and speaks often at the university and at ward and stake functions. She currently resides in the Rexburg, Idaho area. Karen is the author of Guilt Free: Using Remorse to Escape the Adversary’s Tool.