I grew up on a family farm in northern Utah, the fifth of six children―the youngest until I was 12. I was born during the Great Depression and started school during World War 2. After high school, I enrolled at Brigham Young University, where I received my BS in journalism in 1962.
My journalism career never materialized, for I spent the next nine years working first as a genealogist then as a college instructor. At age 34 and with a young family, I entered the University of Idaho law school, where I earned my Juris Doctor degree in 1974. By this time, I had written The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, a first-in-its-field textbook that is still going strong in its third edition. Today it is considered a classic.
Though I was admitted to the Utah Bar, I opted to work for the Genealogical Department of LDS Church, then transferred to the Temple Department in 1981; I retired as a director in 1999. During those years, I answered questions on both genealogy and temple issues for the Church’s Ensign magazine.
I love the scriptures, both to study and to teach them. I taught them at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) in the 1960s and 70s and at the Santa Barbara (CA) Institute of Religion while serving a mission with my wife in 2000 and 2001.in 2002 I became obsessed with the notion of writing Old Testament stories. And, as they say, the rest is history.
'I Will Make of Thee a Great Nation' is an intriguing collection of 219 stories from the Old Testament. It is written for Christian adults and young adults, in modern English. It tells of Old Testament prophets, priests, and kings and of Jehovah's dealings with His covenant people. The first story is about the Creation and the last story is about the Jews in Jerusalem after they returned from Babylon to rebuild their temple and city. The book contains original illustrations, two indexes (to names and to subjects), maps for geographical perspective, footnotes for insights and background, an extensive pronunciation guide, and a chart of the kings of Judah and Israel during the divided monarchy after King Solomon. The stories are told in modern English without embellishment or fictionalizing.
'I Will Make of Thee a Great Nation' is softbound and has a beautiful cover. It is a book that you will treasure and refer to often for years to come. You can read a sampling of the stories on my web site; you can also order the book.
I just wanted to share my good news with anyone interested.
Last Saturday, September 15, my new book of Old Testament stories, How Often Would I Have Gathered You, received a prestigious Our History--Our Heritage Publications Award (Golden Quill) from the League of Utah Writers. Needless to say, I am very pleased and excited about this honor. :-)
Posted on September 19, 2007 at 7:57pm — 1 Comment
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