Keynote Presentations


Tuesday, July 28

Elder Gerald N. Lund

Elder Gerald N. Lund was named a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints on 6 April, 2002. As a member of the Seventy, he helped administer the worldwide operations of the Church. He was released as a Seventy at the October Conference, 2008. As educator by profession, Elder Lund studied Sociology at Brigham Young University, earning both a bachelor's and a master's degree. Elder Lund is also the author of numerous articles and more than twenty–five books of both fiction and nonfiction. He is best known for his historical novels including two well–known series, The Work and the Glory, and The Kingdom and the Crown.

Wednesday, July 29

Robert Kehrer

Robert Kehrer worked for 12 years as a molecular geneticist identifying disease genes by building very large family pedigrees. He has an MBA and worked for 7 years at Apple managing strategic alliances and driving market strategy in the sciences. For the last 7 years Robert has worked for FamilySearch as a product manager in the Family History Library, overseeing the public APIs, and managing the development of FamilySearch.org beta. He is currently the senior product manager of search technologies for FamilySearch.

Thursday, July 30

Lisa Cooke

Lisa is the founder of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. She is the producer of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show, downloaded over 1.5 million times, available at GenealogyGems.com and iTunes. She produces The Family Tree Magazine Podcast, writes for the magazine, and is the author of four popular books.

Friday, July 31

T.C. Christensen

T.C. Christensen is a writer, director, and producer for the movie Ephraim's Rescue. His past accomplishments include the movies 17 Miracles, Testaments, and The Work and the Glory. He has made several films about the Prophet Joseph Smith, including Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration. He also made A Giant Among Men, about the life of President Gordon B. Hinckley. T.C. lives with his wife, Katy Christensen, in Centerville, Utah, where he continues to be tutored in the finer points of putting dirty dishes into the dishwasher and closing drawers all the way. They are the parents of Tanner and Tess, in-laws to Carly, and grandparents of Adelaide