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About Richard D. Gardner

Richard D. Gardner is originally from Logan, Utah, but grew up in several states, mainly Hawaii. He has taught biology at Southern Virginia University (a private four-year liberal arts institution catering to LDS students) since 2004. He earned a BA in biology from Utah State University (1991), a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona (1998), and did post-doctoral work at the University of Virginia for six years prior to his current appointment. He served a mission in Curitiba, Brazil in the late 1980s. In addition to scientific publications, he is the author of The Heart of the Gospel: Explorations into the Workings of the Atonement, and its sequel, God’s Organizing Power: Explorations into the Power and Blessings of the Priesthood, and was quoted extensively in a July 2016 New Era article on science and religion. Richard is married to Naomi Blair Gardner, and both have been active in the BSA at the district level (Naomi received a Silver Beaver). They have six children (5 living).

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