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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.

The Interpreter Foundation exists because of the generous support of a wide range of volunteers and staff.
This mash-up of a good number of our volunteers was created in celebration of our tenth anniversary.
Daniel C. Peterson

Daniel C. Peterson


About Dan…

Daniel C. Peterson (PhD, University of California at Los Angeles) is a professor emeritus of Islamic studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University, where he founded the University’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative. He has published and spoken extensively on both Islamic and Latter-day Saint 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 of Special Projects

About Jeff…

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 ( Jeff has been the recipient of several awards and patents and has been an adviser for initiatives in science, defense, space, industry, and academia worldwide. Jeff has written detailed commentaries on the Book of Moses, Genesis, and on temple themes in the scriptures. For Church-related publications, see

Jeff was a missionary in France and Belgium from 1975 to 1977, and his family has returned twice to live in France. He and his wife, Kathleen, are the parents of four children and sixteen grandchildren. From July 2016-September 2019, Jeff and Kathleen served missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo Kinshasa Mission office and the DR Congo Kinshasa Temple. They currently live in Nampa, Idaho. As a church service missionary for the Church History Department, Jeff is writing histories of temples in Africa, and for Interpreter is the documenting selected episodes in the history of the Church in Africa on film (

Steven T. Densley, Jr.

Steven T. Densley, Jr.

Executive Vice President

About Steve…

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. As an undergraduate, he was an assistant editor of the Pi Sigma Alpha Review. In law school, he was a member of the Law Review and the National Moot Court team. He has published articles in the Utah Bar Journal, the Journal of Law and Family Studies, Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, Public Square Magazine, and Meridian Magazine. He has been recognized in SuperLawyers Magazine as one of the Mountain States Rising Stars and has been listed numerous times in Utah Business Magazine as among the Utah Legal Elite. He was the Executive Vice President of FAIR from 2013-15 and, recipient of the John Taylor Defender of the Faith Award, and was a producer of FAIR’s podcast when it twice won the People’s Choice Award for Best Podcast in the Religion & Spirituality category. He is also an award-winning photographer and a certified travel agent. He served a Hmong-speaking mission in the California Sacramento Mission. He and his wife Heather are the parents of four children and have two granddaughters.
Allen Wyatt

Allen Wyatt

Vice President of Operations

About Allen…

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.

Larry K. Ainsworth

Larry K. Ainsworth

About Larry…

Larry K. Ainsworth (MPA, BYU) is a retired hospital Chief Executive Officer. Most of his career as a healthcare executive was with market-leading faith-based general acute-care hospitals. Larry served as chairman of the board of the Hospital Executives of Southern California and received several industry awards. His most fulfilling achievements related to improving pediatric healthcare. He led a financial turnaround of Orange County’s only children’s hospital, sparing it from bankruptcy, and he led an initiative to use hospital resources to fund the enrollment of all 60,000 uninsured children in Medicaid. He managed several large hospital construction projects, expanding patient care and outpatient specialty centers.

For over fifteen years Larry and his wife Laura served on BYU’s Community Volunteer Councils for the Neal A Maxwell Institute and the Department of Nursing. The exposure they gained to testimony-strengthening scholarly publications that defend the faith developed into a passion. Larry serves as chair of the Interpreter Advisory Council. He served a mission in the British/England East Mission. He and his wife served the YSA in the same mission from 2012-2014. Larry and Laura are the parents of three sons and have 21 grandchildren.

Matthew L. Bowen

Matthew L. Bowen

About Matt…

Matthew L. Bowen was raised in Orem, Utah, and graduated from Brigham Young University. He holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and is currently an associate professor in religious education at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. He is also the author of Name as Key-Word: Collected Essays on Onomastic Wordplay and The Temple in Mormon Scripture (Salt Lake City: Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2018). With Aaron P. Schade, he is the coauthor of The Book of Moses: From the Ancient of Days to the Latter Days (Provo, UT; Salt Lake City: Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book, 2021). He and his wife (the former Suzanne Blattberg) are the parents of three children: Zachariah, Nathan, and Adele.
Kristine Wardle Frederickson

Kristine Wardle Frederickson

About Kris…

Kristine Wardle Frederickson (PhD, History, University of Utah) has taught over 25 university courses in the History, Women’s Studies, Honors, and Religion departments at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University. She was an op-ed writer for ten years for The Deseret News and Mormon Times. She is the author of Extraordinary Courage: Women Empowered by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She has published on a wide range of historical and religious topics in books, periodicals, and presented at numerous conferences. Her areas of expertise include Modern European History (emphasis on nineteenth-century Britain), American History, Women’s History, and Religious History. She and her husband Reid are the parents of six children and eleven grandchildren.
James R. Graham

James R. Graham

About Jim…

Mr. Graham is co-founder and managing member at Greenberg Graham Advisors LLC headquartered in Irvine California. Started in 2003, the firm advises clients on all aspects of wealth management, including counseling families preparing subsequent generations to be responsible stewards of significant wealth. He has an extensive background in the areas of investment planning and management, estate planning and income tax planning. His clients have included successful entrepreneurs, senior executives, entertainers, professional athletes, and beneficiaries. Prior to 2003, Mr. Graham held senior positions with some the country’s most respected trust banks and financial services firms.

Mr. Graham received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Brigham Young University and he has completed extensive post-graduate coursework in his professional field. He and his wife enjoy traveling together and spending time with their children and grandchildren. They are active in their church and community having focused much of their community work with organizations that support the arts and address the needs of underserved children and teenagers.

Jeffrey Dean Lindsay

Jeffrey Dean Lindsay

About Jeff…

Jeffrey D. Lindsay recently returned to the United States after almost nine years in Shanghai, China. Jeff has been providing online materials defending the Church for more than twenty years, primarily at His Mormanity blog on Church-topics began in 2004 and was recently converted to He is currently vice president for The Interpreter Foundation and Executive Editor of Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship. Jeff has a PhD in chemical engineering from BYU and is a US patent agent. Jeff has been a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers since 2014. Every year since 2015 he has been named as one of the world’s leading intellectual property strategists on the IAM 300 Strategy List by IAM Media Group in the UK. He is currently president of Planet Lindsay, LLC, assisting a variety of clients with intellectual property and innovation. From 2011 to 2019 he was the head of Intellectual Property for Asia Pulp and Paper in Shanghai, China, one of the world’s largest forest product companies. Formerly, he was associate professor at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology (now the Renewable Bioproducts Institute) at Georgia Tech, then went into R&D at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, eventually becoming corporate patent strategist and senior research fellow. Jeff served a mission in the German-speaking Switzerland Zurich Mission. He and his wife Kendra are the parents of four boys and have fourteen grandchildren. They are both serving as ministering specialists for African immigrants in the their community and are learning Swahili. Jeff is active in Rotary International and also serves as a board member for Hope and Help Together, a community organization in Appleton, Wisconsin, which works to assist refugees and immigrants in the Fox Cities region.
Shirley Smith Ricks

Shirley Smith Ricks

About Shirley…

Shirley Smith Ricks (PhD, family studies, BYU) has worked since 1989 as an editor at the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, and retired from the Religious Studies Center at BYU in 2021. She has helped produce numerous books and periodicals, including several volumes of the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley. Shirley has published a number of articles and reviews. In 2019 she was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in Editing and Design presented by the Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association. Shirley served a mission in the Germany South Mission. She and her husband, Stephen D. Ricks, have attended all the temples in the United States and Canada and enjoy traveling, especially to visit their six children and spouses and their twenty grandchildren.


Kent Flack, Assistant Treasurer
Deborah Peterson, Secretary/Treasurer

Communications Advisor

Newell D. Wright

Board of Advisors

Kevin Christensen
Brant A. Gardner
Louis C. Midgley
George L. Mitton
Gregory L. Smith
Ed Snow
Ted Vaggalis

Contributing Editors

Robert S. Boylan
Jennifer C. Lane
David J. Larsen
Ugo A. Perego
Stephen D. Ricks
Lynne Hilton Wilson
Mark Alan Wright

Board of Editors

David M. Calabro
Craig L. Foster
Taylor Halverson
Benjamin L. McGuire
Martin S. Tanner
Bryan J. Thomas
A. Keith Thompson
John S. Thompson


Emily Rogers

Media and Technology

Tyler R. Moulton
Tom Pittman
Russell D. Richins
Alan Sikes

Interpreter Advisory Committee

Larry K. Ainsworth, Chairman

Legal Advisor

K. Paul MacArthur

Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship

Editorial Management

Daniel C. Peterson, Editor
Allen Wyatt, Managing Editor
Jeffrey Dean Lindsay, Executive Editor
Godfrey Ellis, Executive Editor
Tanya Spackman, Editorial Services Manager

Audio Production

Richard Flygare
Victor Worth

Copy Editing

Verlane Johnson
Julie Russell
Kaitlin Cooper Swift

Source Checking

Eden Buchert
Deidre Marlowe
Elizabeth Wyatt

Interpreter Radio
Martin S. Tanner, Producer
Robert Boylan
Don Bradley
Kevin Christensen
Steven T. Densley Jr.
Kristine Wardle Frederickson
John Gee
Terry Hutchinson
Mark Johnson
Spencer Kraus
Daniel C. Peterson
Brent Schmidt
Stephen Smoot
S. Hales Swift
John S. Thompson
Bruce Webster

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