Allan Gunnerson

Allan Gunnerson was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He completed a Bachelors degree in cultural geography and international relations at the University of Utah, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in college and university administration at Brigham Young University.

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Anthony Sweat

Anthony Sweat is an Assistant Professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University. He is the author of several books such as: Mormons, An Open Book and Why? Powerful Answers and Practical Reasons for Living LDS Standards. He received his PhD in education from Utah State University and is a regular speaker at various LDS conferences, including BYU Education Week and Especially For Youth. He and his lovely wife, Cindy, are the parents of seven children.

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Bill Schaefermeyer

Bill was born in San Diego, California, but grew up in Vernal, Utah and Seward, Alaska. He served as a missionary in the Northeast British Mission. He received a BA (English/History) and MEd (International Education) from BYU and taught seminary for 8 years. For 8 years he wrote and published Old Testament and Church History curriculum for the Church Educational System. Prior to his retirement in 2008, Bill was employed for 22 years as a manager and director for the Churchs Audiovisual Department the last 4 of which he was the Director of the LDS Motion Picture Studio in Provo and of the Conference Center studio and broadcast center in Salt Lake. His duties included supervising the technical productions for church pageants.

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Blair Van Dyke

Blair G. Van Dyke is a full-time instructor at the Orem Institute of Religion adjacent to Utah Valley University. He earned his BA in English literature from BYU in 1989. At that time he was hired to teach in the Church Educational System (CES) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Van Dyke took a Masters of Education degree in 1992, and a Doctor of Educational Philosophy in 1997, both from BYU. His dissertation, "Education in an Autonomous Palestine: Palestinian Perspectives," explores the emergence of an independent Palestinian educational system after centuries of colonialism.

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Brad Wilcox

Brad Wilcox is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Brigham Young University where he also enjoys working with such programs as Especially for Youth, Womens Conference, Campus Education Week and Time Out for Woman. He is the author of the books, The Continuous Atonement and The Continuous Conversion, and the BYU devotional, His Grace is Sufficient.

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Brent Jenson

I grew up in a family that had the opportunity to travel quite often. My father worked in the airline industry so we were able to take family trips every year to Hawaii, Mexico, or other great destinations. When I was 16 my father and I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya, Africa on a wildlife safari. I was so amazed to see all of the different animals in their natural setting and surroundings. I think at this point in my life I was hooked on travel! I started working at Beehive Travel in 1988 delivering airline tickets while attending college. After graduating from BYU with a B.S. in marketing, I decided to stay in the travel Industry with Morris Murdock. I have been blessed to be able to travel to so many different areas of the world and to experience different cultures, different life styles, and remarkable scenery.

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Brian Hollien

Brian Hollien has enjoyed a career encompassing over thirty years in the travel industry. His first job after graduating from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Legal Research and Business was with a small travel agency in Salt Lake City. Through various acquisitions and mergers Mr. Hollien helped build Beehive Travel into a regional agency with offices in Utah, Idaho, Montana and California with annual sales of $65 million. In 1996, while serving as president of Beehive Travel, Mr. Hollien helped orchestrate the merger of Beehive and Morris Travel and a few years later the combination of Morris and Murdock Travel which became one of the twenty-five largest travel agencies in the United States. Since 2010, Mr. Hollien has been the president of Morris Meetings & Incentives and prior to that, Vice President/General Manger of Morris Meetings & Incentives, providing specialized incentive, convention and meeting programs to a local and national client base of companies. Brian and his wife Jerrine live in the small community of Erda, Utah. He of course enjoys traveling as well as being an avid fly fisherman venturing to Alaska, Canada and Russia in pursuit of this favorite pastime.

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Chad Hawkins

Chad S. Hawkins began his series of temple artwork in 1989, at the age of seventeen to support his two-year mission in Frankfurt, Germany, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon his return in 1993, he continued with his artwork while pursuing his education of becoming a dentist. Just prior to his application to dental school, Chad realized that he would be sacrificing his art career to the discipline required in dental school. It was at that time that he made the adjustment from being a zoology and chemistry major to an art major, graduating from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Chad's portfolio to date includes special commissions from the Governor of Utah, the Utah State Legislature, West Jordan City Hall, the University of Utah, This Is the Place State Park, and the law firm of Siegfried and Jensen. His artwork has been featured in LDS magazines, including the New Era and the Ensign. Chad's artwork was selected to be placed in the cornerstones of at least thirteen temples. His original work of the Vernal Temple is on permanent display inside that edifice.

"Although I gain great satisfaction from creating artwork of varying subjects, there is nothing I would rather paint than these modern-day monuments to sacrifice, hard work, and faith. My testimony and love for the Lord's House is an integral part of my art. I hope my art has a positive impact on people's lives, that the viewers may be motivated to become, in the words of President Howard W. Hunter, 'a temple-attending and a temple-loving people.'"

Craig Manscill

Dr. Craig K. Manscill is an Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University. He has served as a religious educator for forty-years—twenty-two years with Seminaries and Institutes (S&I) and eighteen years with BYU. In 2009-10 he served on the faculty of the BYU Jerusalem Near Eastern Studies Program where he directed students in their studies and travels throughout Israel, Egypt, and Jordon.   While living in Israel he served in the Israel District Presidency interacting with members and leaders of other churches.

He and his wife Jana have traveled to and directed tours to Israel, Jordon, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, the South Pacific, and LDS Church historical sites. At BYU he has researched and published numerous articles and books in nineteenth century Church history including a brief history of the LDS Church in Illinois, 1830-1839. With S&I he served as an instructor, coordinator, curriculum writer and manager of Institute curriculum. Concurrently with S&I and under the direction of the LDS Church he jointly authored the publication Our Heritage, and served as chair of the Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society series of Presidents of the Church for the presidents Brigham Young, Joseph F. Smith, and Harold B. Lee manuals. His current research focuses on the Hyrum Smith Papers project, Pacific LDS history and the life of John the Baptist. The past four summers he has served as co-director of the Church History and Nauvoo Studies program for BYU undergraduate students.

He is married to Jana Lee Hancey of Ogden, Utah they are the parents of eight children and they reside in Utah County in the community of Lindon.

Craig Ostler

Craig James Ostler has been a religious educator for nearly twenty years with seminaries and institutes and the last twenty-plus years as a professor at Brigham Young University. He, his wife, Sandy, and family have lived in Jerusalem, while he served on the faculty of the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies in 1998 and again in 2008. As well as a scholar of the scriptures, he is also an author of many articles and books. He has taught BYU Continuing Education classes for adults and BYU Education Week. He has served as a bishop and a High Counselor. He and his wife have 7 children and eight grandchildren and counting.

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Dave Hadlock

Dave Hadlock has been taking groups to the Mayan ruins and Israel for 9 years. He loves being with the groups and loves teaching the scriptures. Dave has completed the course work at BYU for a masters degree in Ancient Near Eastern Studies with an emphasis on the Old Testament. He has also studied the Maya culture and Mesoamerican history. His passion is the study and teaching of Old World culture, language, and ritual and the insights they can bring to the scriptures. His style of teaching is straight from the scriptures, using them as his primary source. He has conducted over 30 cruises and tours through Mexico and the proposed Book of Mormon lands during the last 9 years and has taught many years of gospel doctrine and institute classes. He is a board member of the Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum.

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Dean Garner

Dean Garner's educational experiences reflect a great love of learning and of ancient history. He earned a bachelor’s degree in art, with an emphasis in education and photography, from Weber State University in 1987. He received a master’s degree from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, focusing on curriculum development in education. His graduate work was performed at the University of Arizona in Near Eastern studies, with an emphasis in archaeology. His experience with the Holy Land has been a lifetime pursuit in and out of formal settings, developing into a great interest in Holy Land peoples and other ancient cultures.

Because of his father’s employment with the Church, Dean’s family moved 21 times before he served a mission in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He said, "As a result, we had to learn to make friends quickly and develop outgoing and positive personalities."

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Dean Marriott

Dr. L. Dean Marriott has taught the Life of Jesus from Holy Scripture to thousands of students at BYU, Univ. of Utah and other colleges for over 30 years. His love of the scriptures and knowledge of biblical locations enables him to present a powerful and unique holy land experience for the many travelers on the tours he directs.

His well-planned itinerary is not a typical drive-by tour of the holy lands. It attempts to provide interactive scriptural experiences by (1) placing participants at the actual scriptural settings of events in the sequence they were experienced by Jesus, (2) staying at on-site guesthouses (in Galilee at water's edge, and inside old Jerusalem adjacent to the wailing wall, etc.), (3) walking in the very pathways of Jesus (down the Mt. of Olives into the Old City, then following his footsteps from the pavement stones where he was scourged to the crucifixion site at Golgatha then to the Garden Tomb, etc.), (4) experiencing special settings (including a twilight devotional at Bethlehem's shepherd's field, a Passover style meal in an upper room inside the old city, followed by evening reflection in the Garden of Gethsemane). Other Bible events shared at appropriate times.

Hank Smith

Dr. Henry "Hank" Smith grew up the son of a golf professional in sunny St. George, Utah. After earning a Bachelor's Degree from Dixie State University, he earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Utah State University. Most recently, Hank completed his PhD at Brigham Young University where he now works as an instructor.

In addition to his work corporate training and education consulting, Hank enjoys speaking at assemblies for elementary, junior high, and high schools around the country.

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Jack Marshall

Jack Marshall worked for the LDS Church Educational System for forty years. He was a Faculty member and Associate Director at the University Of Utah Institute Of Religion for the last 20 years.

Brother Marshall is an author and has had talk CD's produced.

He has taught at religious conferences such as Especially for Youth, Know Your Religion, Education Week, Especially for Parents, BYU Family Conference and for BYU-TV programming.

Bro. Marshall has taught at educational conferences and on educational tours in Russia, China, Africa, Europe, Central and So. America, Canada, the Middle East and throughout the United States.

He is married to Liz and they have five children.

Jay Osmond

Jay Osmond is a member of the famous performing Osmond family. He has been performing with them since the age 2 1/2. Jay is the drummer of the group and was voted one of the top drummers of the country in the 70’s. The brothers were discovered by Walt Disney which led to nine years as regulars on the Andy Williams show. They were guest stars on many shows, such as Jerry Lewis, Glen Campbell, Sonny & Cher, and the list goes on and on. He was also the executive producer of the Donny & Marie Show. With over 50 gold and platinum records to their credit, Jay sang lead on hits Crazy Horses andOne Way Ticket to Anywhere. Some of Jay’s favorite memories are performing for several United States presidents and twice before the Queen of England. When celebrating the Osmonds' 50 years of show business, Jay, along with his brothers and sister, was honored to be able to sing along with the Mormon Tabernacle choir.

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Jenny Oaks Baker

America's Violinist, Jenny Oaks Baker, is a Grammy Nominated, Billboard No. 1 recording artist, and performer. Whether her music is experienced live or through one of her many recordings, it is impossible to escape the magic of her artistry.

Jenny began playing the violin at age four, and made her solo orchestral debut in 1983 when she was only eight years old. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

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Joel Judd

Joel Judd was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in West Point, Utah before graduating from Davis High School. He served an LDS mission to New England under President Truman G. Madsen.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, Sociology and Psychology at Weber State College in 1970, and received a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from BYU in 1975. Since that time he has been a student of Biblical Hebrew, ancient Near East History, and Geography of the Holy Land.

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Kay Godfrey

The Epoch LDS Historian

Kay is a graduate of Brigham Young University. He holds degrees in Historic Archaeology and Anthropology as well as Law Enforcement and Justice Administration.

He has studied and researched the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith for over 35 years. He has done extensive “on-site” research in New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri. He has spoken to the issue of the “Trials of the Prophet Joseph” at numerous symposiums in Nauvoo, Il. and Independence, Mo. He has edited books for various authors on the historical accuracy of materials pertaining to Joseph Smith. Kay has served on numerous boards and foundations such as: Ancient American Archaeology, Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundation, the Foundation for Indigenous Research and Mormonism and the Nauvoo Historical Society.

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Kurt Bestor

Perhaps best known for his innovative interpretation of seasonal carols found in his popular 5 CD boxed set “The Complete Kurt Bestor Christmas,” and his haunting musical prayer for peace “Prayer of the Children,” the Utah based composer and performer launched his career writing music for television and movies. His credits include more than 40 film scores and more than 40 themes for national TV programs and commercials. It is Bestor’s music that has introduced NFL Monday Night Football, and National Geographic Explorer; he scored TBS’s Wild! Life Adventures and the IMAX film “The Great American West.” He also was given the Outstanding Film Score Award at the New York Film and Television Festival for his music for PBS’s “A More Perfect Union.” Bestor was awarded an Emmy® for his collaboration with Sam Cardon on the original music for ABC’s coverage of the 1988 Winter Olympics. In 2012, his arranging and producing of Jenny Oaks Baker’s CD “Wish Upon a Star” earned the two of them a Grammy nomination.

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Ronald Bartholomew

Ronald E. Bartholomew currently serves as an instructor at the Orem University Institute of Religion, where he teaches Christian history, LDS Church history, and courses on the standard works of the LDS Church. He received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Brigham Young University and a doctorate in sociology of education from the University of Buckingham in London, England.

He has published scholarly articles in academic journals in the United States and Europe and has written several chapters in various published volumes. His research interests include nineteenth-century missionary work in Victorian England as well as assorted topics in ancient scripture and Church history. He and his wife, Kristen, have seven children and four grandchildren.

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Scot and Maurine Proctor

Scot and Maurine Proctor are the founders of Meridian Magazine and they have written several books together, including Witness of the Light, Source of the Light, Light from the Dust and The Gathering. They were formerly the editors of This People magazine.

After receiving her education from University of Utah and Harvard, Maurine Jensen Proctor, began her writing career with McGraw Hill Magazines and the Chicago Sun-Times. She has created award-winning television documentaries, has written a radio show for more than six years that played on 300 radio stations, and was a long-time writer of The Spoken Word for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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Steven Kapp Perry

Steve is an award-winning songwriter, playwright, and broadcaster who has written for National Geographic, Deseret Book, and many other companies.  After many years on the KSL Sunday radio show "Soft Sunday Sounds", Steven currently can be heard on BYU Classical 89.

His love of church history developed over the years while researching and writing stage musicals and albums on subjects ranging from the Utah Pioneers to the Book of Mormon and the New Testament.  Steve has been guiding LDS Church History tours and Holy Land tours for Morris Murdock for years, and those who tour with Steve and his wife Johanne (a noted singer and actress) always remark on their personal care and attention to each group member, their use of inspiring music, and the moments they take to open the scriptures and share the historical details and insights that make each stop more meaningful.

Steve and his wife Johanne love the gospel of Jesus Christ, church history, each other, and whichever of their four children has a current scholarship.

Stewart Glazier

Although Stewart Glazier has directed Travel Study programs for over 20 years, he insists that his "next visit is always his first visit." It is this enthusiasm, coupled with a tremendous knowledge of the scriptures and a genuine concern for others that prompts those traveling with Brother Glazier to say things such as, "I am in awe of his store of knowledge and his patience, energy, and compassion."

Brother Glazier has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish education and general science from Arizona State University. He received his master’s degree in recreational education from BYU. He has also completed many hours in graduate scripture study with the Church Educational System. Brother Glazier has taught seminary and institute classes plus many Continuing Education classes.

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Tim Taggart

Tim Taggart has been a pioneer in LDS travel pretty much from the beginning of the industry, traveling to the lands of the scriptures in the Middle East and Europe the first time in 1981 and conducting tours since 1983.

He was born and grew up in Cache Valley, Utah and served his first mission in Australia. He received a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Utah State University with a career goal to become a master teacher'. He began his teaching career in the LDS Church seminary program, completing a master's degree in instructional technology from USU at the same time. His teaching career changed course in 1982 when he and the family came to Salt Lake City to work for the Church producing media. The new focus was to teach through the technology of visual and audio media to a worldwide audience.

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Victor Ludlow

Dr. Victor L. Ludlow is a scholar of Isaiah and Judaism. He graduated with high honors from BYU and was a Danforth Fellow at Harvard and Brandeis Universities, where he received a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Professor Ludlow's scholarship explores the areas of Bible studies, the Middle East, Jewish history and theology, and comparative Latter-day Saint theology. He has authored numerous articles and the books: Unlocking the Old Testament; Isaiah: Prophet, Seer, and Poet; Principles and Practices of the Restored Gospel; and Unlocking Isaiah in the Book of Mormon. His most recent audio lecture is “Latter-day Insights: The Middle East.”

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Wendy Fracchia

I've loved travel for as long as I can remember. As a young child I flew by myself to see grandparents in a neighboring state and I've been hooked since. Right out of high school I started travel school and that has to lead to almost 30 years in the industry.  I've been able to work in several aspects of travel including my current position as the operations & sales manager of the escorted travel division.   I feel very blessed that I get to help people travel.  Whether it is to fulfill their "bucket list" dreams, build their faith or just have fun -I mean, what could be better to do every day! 

My biggest addiction is travel, it is part of who I am.  I've been able to visit many parts of the world on our tours as both spectator and tour director.   I love to share my information with anyone who will listen I pray I will live long enough to see it ALL!

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