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About the Foundation

Mission Statement

Supporting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through scholarship.

The Interpreter Foundation supports the Church in the following ways:

  • Promotion: We provide tools to encourage and facilitate personal learning by study and faith, and disseminate accurate information to the public about the Church.
  • Explanation: We make the results of relevant scholarship more accessible to non-specialists.
  • Defense: We respond to misunderstandings and criticisms of Church beliefs, policies, and practices.
  • Faithfulness: Our leadership, staff, and associates strive to follow Jesus Christ and be true to the teachings of His Church.
  • Scholarship: Our leadership, staff, and associates incorporate standards of scholarship appropriate to their academic disciplines.

The Interpreter Foundation is an independent organization that supports but is not owned, controlled by, or affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The material published by the Interpreter Foundation is the sole responsibility of the respective authors and should not be interpreted as representing the views of The Interpreter Foundation or of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Daniel C. Peterson

Daniel C. Peterson

President

Daniel C. Peterson (Ph.D., UCLA) is a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University and founder of the university’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative. He has published and spoken extensively on both Islamic and Mormon subjects. Formerly chairman of the board of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) and an officer, editor, and author for its successor organization, the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, his professional work as an Arabist focuses on the Qur’an and on Islamic philosophical theology. He is the author, among other things, of a biography entitled Muhammad: Prophet of God (Eerdmans, 2007).
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

Vice President

Jeffrey M. Bradshaw (PhD, Cognitive Science, University of Washington) is a Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) in Pensacola, Florida. His professional writings have explored a wide range of topics in human and machine intelligence (www.jeffreymbradshaw.net).

Jeff has written detailed commentaries on the Book of Moses and Genesis 1–11 and on temple themes in the scriptures (see www.TempleThemes.net). Jeff was a missionary in France and Belgium from 1975–1977 and has served twice as a bishop and twice as a stake presidency counselor. Jeff and his wife, Kathleen, live in Nampa, Idaho and are the parents of four children and fourteen grandchildren. Jeff and Kathleen served missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 2016-2019. Jeff is currently a temple worker and a service missionary working on the history of the Church in Africa.

Steven T. Densley, Jr.

Steven T. Densley, Jr.

Executive Vice President

Steve Densley, Jr. is a Utah attorney (J.D., Brigham Young University). He graduated with University Honors from BYU with a combined B.A./M.A. in public policy and political science. He has published articles in the Utah Bar Journal, the Journal of Law and Family Studies, and Meridian Magazine. He was the Executive Vice President of FairMormon from 2013-15 and, recipient of the John Taylor Defender of the Faith Award, and was producer of FairMormon’s podcast when it twice won the People’s Choice Award for Best Podcast in the Religion & Spirituality category.
Jeffrey Dean Lindsay

Jeffrey Dean Lindsay

Vice President

Jeffrey Dean Lindsay recently returned to the United States after almost 9 years in Shanghai, China. Jeff has been providing online materials defending the LDS faith for over twenty years, primarily at JeffLindsay.com and http://mormanity.blogspot.com.

Jeff has a PhD in chemical engineering from BYU and is a US patent agent. He is currently head of R&D and IP for a US consumer product startup, Lume Deodorant. In China he was the Head of Intellectual Property for Asia Pulp and Paper, one of the world’s largest forest product companies. Since 2015, Jeff has been recognized as a leading IP strategist by Intellectual Asset Magazine based on peer input. He is also lead author of Conquering Innovation Fatigue (John Wiley & Sons, 2009). Jeff served a mission in the German speaking Switzerland Zurich Mission. He and his wife Kendra are the parents of four boys and have eleven grandchildren.

Noel Reynolds

Noel Reynolds

Vice President

Noel Reynolds (PhD, Harvard University) is an emeritus professor of political science at Brigham Young University, where he taught a broad range of courses in legal and political philosophy, American Heritage, and the Book of Mormon. His research and publications are based in these fields and several others, including authorship studies, Mormon history, Christian history and theology, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Allen Wyatt

Allen Wyatt

Vice President of Operations

Allen Wyatt, an internationally recognized expert in small computer systems, has written more than 60 books explaining different facets of working with computers. He is the president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company.

Before serving with the Interpreter Foundation, Allen served as vice president of FAIR and founding president of the More Good Foundation. He has written articles for the FARMS Review and various online venues, including Meridian Magazine.

Deidre Marlowe

Deidre Marlowe

Manager of Peer Review

Tanya Spackman

Tanya Spackman

Manager of Editorial Services

Kevin Christensen

Kevin Christensen

Brant A. Gardner

Brant A. Gardner

Louis C. Midgley

Louis C. Midgley

George L. Mitton

George L. Mitton

Gregory L. Smith

Gregory L. Smith

Ed Snow

Ed Snow

Ted Vaggalis

Ted Vaggalis

Matthew L. Bowen

Matthew L. Bowen

David M. Calabro

David M. Calabro

Craig L. Foster

Craig L. Foster

Taylor Halverson

Taylor Halverson

Benjamin L. McGuire

Benjamin L. McGuire

Tyler R. Moulton

Tyler R. Moulton

Martin S. Tanner

Martin S. Tanner

Bryan J. Thomas

Bryan J. Thomas

A. Keith Thompson

A. Keith Thompson

John S. Thompson

John S. Thompson

Robert S. Boylan

Robert S. Boylan

Kristine Wardle Frederickson

Kristine Wardle Frederickson

Benjamin I. Huff

Benjamin I. Huff

Jennifer C. Lane

Jennifer C. Lane

David J. Larsen

David J. Larsen

Ugo A. Perego

Ugo A. Perego

Stephen D. Ricks

Stephen D. Ricks

Lynne Hilton Wilson

Lynne Hilton Wilson

Mark Alan Wright

Mark Alan Wright

Donor Relations

Jann E. Campbell

Treasurer

Kent Flack

Legal Advisors

Preston Regehr
Scott Williams

Interpreter Radio

Mike Ash
Matthew Bowen
Kevin Christensen
Steve Densley
Craig Foster
Kris Frederiksen
John Gee
Brian Hales
Terry Hutchinson
Mark Johnson
Mike Parker
Dan Peterson
Jasmine Gimenez Rappleye
Neal Rappleye
Stephen Smoot
Hales Swift
Martin Tanner
Bruce Webster

Interpreter Advisory Committee

Larry Ainsworth
Rob Haertel

Production Editors and Designers

Kelsey Fairbanks Avery
Timothy Guymon
Alan Sikes

Editorial Consultants

Kasen Christensen
Daniel Evensen
Jolie Griffin
Don Norton
Kaitlin Cooper Swift
Elizabeth Wyatt

Media & Technology

Scott Dunaway
Richard Flygare
Mark Johnson
Brad Haymond
Steve Metcalf
Tyler R. Moulton
Tom Pittman
Russell D. Richins
Alan Sikes
S. Hales Swift
Victor Worth

Donate to the cause

The Interpreter Foundation is a nonprofit organization. All journal publications and video presentations are available for free by digital download and streaming. The price of hard copy versions of journal articles covers only the cost of printing; books are typically priced to help cover both upfront pre-publication expenses and royalties to authors when applicable. In some cases, the Foundation may subsidize publication costs to keep retail prices affordable. The Foundation does not profit from sales of its publications.

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