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Sam Dearden

Sam Dearden currently works for USAID's Bureau of Policy, Planning, and Learning. Previously, Dearden worked with USAID's Office of Food for Peace, supporting emergency food aid to South Sudan, Sudan, and Chad. He is interested in service delivery, food security, and diplomacy, and aims to be a Foreign Service officer. His global experience includes time [...]

31st Annual Conference

POSTPONED The 2020 theme is "Gathering Light and Truth from All Nations," and the conference will be held Monday, 6 April, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Hinckley Center. In the teachings of the Restoration, we witness an outpouring of divine light and truth that have blessed the lives of millions as the [...]

Laura Fjerstad

Laura is an undergraduate student of Latin American Studies at BYU. Fjerstad has traveled to Israel twice on religious trips, where she familiarized herself with major religious beliefs surrounding Islam and Judaism. In addition, she volunteered in Mexico as an English teacher and speaks fluent Spanish. Fjerstad hopes to join the Peace Corps post-graduation [...]

Brian McCoy

Brian is currently preparing for a governor-led trade mission to Saudi Arabia. For three years, McCoy worked in Panama as a military intelligence officer and Special Forces team leader. He also served as a member of the U.S. delegation of lawyers and jurists to Cuba on two occasions. Additionally, McCoy was delegated to serve [...]

Ryan Shields

Ryan is currently pursuing an MS in wildlife and wildlands conservation, as part of The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) Blue Bonds initiative, having completed a BS in geography in April, both at Brigham Young University. Shields has also worked with TNC on projects in Kenya, Benin, Dominica, Grenada, and the Dominican Republic. Additionally, he and [...]

Shane Jacobs

Shane Jacobs is a global business advisor for Global Upside, which helps U.S. companies expand into foreign countries. Their professional services help them set up and incorporate in foreign countries, provide ongoing HR, payroll, and accounting services, and help them comply with all local labor, employment, tax, and accounting laws in over 150 countries [...]

Hongmeng Cheng

Hongmeng Cheng is an assistant professor from the Shanghai Institute of Socialism, where he teaches classes on the religious theory and policy of the Communist Party of China. Cheng was a visiting scholar for the Mormon Studies Program at the University of Virginia during the 2018–19 academic year. While at UVA, he researched the [...]

Marren Haneberg

Marren Haneberg is the public relations head at Global Education Philanthropists, an anti-human trafficking nonprofit. Haneberg also regularly contributes articles on Russia and the former Soviet Union to Praemon, a student organization analyzing international security. As an undergraduate, she interned at U.S. Embassy Moscow for a semester and worked as a European history research [...]

Justin K. McPheters

Justin K. McPheters oversees Family Services operations outside of North America for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. McPheters meets regularly with staff throughout the world to discuss how to work with area leaders to respond to the unique emotional and behavioral health challenges in their areas. In this role, he has had [...]

Molly Cozzens

Molly Cozzens is a national award-winning speaker whose research interests focus on humanitarian efforts in North Korea. Cozzens currently conducts qualitative research for Asia-Pacific Global Support and Acquisitions at the Church History Library in Salt Lake City. While employed by the University of Kansas, she taught and published in the field of communication studies, [...]