Living and Serving in Norway

David Erland Isaksen's father is Norwegian and his mother is English. Isaksen's wife is half German and half Romanian. He lived most of his life in Norway, but three of their five children were born in the United States. Since 2015, Isaksen has been working as a translator for the Church and as an assistant [...]

Religious Freedom Annual Review

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies is proud to announce the 2018 Religious Freedom Annual Review with keynote speaker Elder F. Whitney Clayton headlining the event. Attendees will hear a multitude of guest speakers and experts from around the country speak on the current trend of religious liberties in the U.S. Workshops and [...]

A Native of Nowhere

Ryan Koch was appointed the New York office director for the Public and International Affairs Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2014. In this capacity, Koch oversees Church outreach to the diplomatic communities in New York and at the UN, including representing LDS Charities. He also is responsible for liaising [...]

Join Us at the Conference

The 29th annual LDS International Society Conference "Women Making a World of Difference" will be held Monday, 2 April at the Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center on BYU's campus. The conference is free and open to the public. The conference will feature speakers with diverse and fascinating backgrounds and a panel showcasing women and the [...]

Dave Jennings

Originally from Seattle, Dave Jennings worked in Chicago for thirteen years before moving to the Washington, D.C., where he is vice president of education at the Community Associations Institute and serves a concurrent role as executive director of the Foundation for Community Association Research. Jennings has worked with international education at the National Association of [...]

New Book Release

Lengthening Our Stride: Globalization of the Church, released in January, contains twenty-one essays from past LDS International Society conferences. The book is edited by Reid L. Neilson and Wayne D. Crosby. Neilson is the author and award-winning editor of over thirty books, including Exhibiting Mormonism, Early Mormon Missionary Activities in Japan, and Tales from the [...]

David McIllece

David McIllece was the first U.S. Air Force officer sent to India as an Olmsted Scholar (, where he graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru University with a master’s degree in politics (international affairs). McIllece applied the perspectives and insights gained from his studies in India as a founding member of the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) India [...]

New Board Member

Derek Miller is the president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah, an organization with the mission to “help Utah companies think, act, and succeed globally.” Miller travels the state of Utah and the world, from Panguitch to Paris, to help Utah companies grow internationally. Previously, he served as chief of staff to Governor Herbert, [...]

Nicole Gomez

Nicole Gomez grew up in Coyhaique, a small town in the Chilean Patagonia. When Gomez was sixteen, she spent a year in Flagstaff, Arizona, as an exchange student "with a lovely family," and she "fell in love with the U.S." Following graduation from high school and working for a year, she returned in 2013 to [...]

Stanley Parry

Stanley Parry serves as associate area legal counsel in Hong Kong. Parry has taught international arbitration and American litigation (as contrasted with Code Law litigation) in Poland and Slovakia. For ten years, he served on the board and then as president of the Las Vegas, Nevada, World Affairs Council, hosting U.S. Department of State and [...]