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Jean Kapenda

Jean Kapenda was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and left that country in 1984 for exile in Switzerland. A few months after Kapenda's arrival in the German part of Switzerland, he met two sister missionaries and joined the Church a few weeks later, which was the turning point in his [...]

Sergei Antamanov

Sergei Antamanov has worked as public affairs assistant to the director in the Europe East Area of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since March 2014. Antamanov previously worked as senior buyer at the Church EEA office and as youth projects coordinator under the direction of the Ministry of Sports, Tourism, and [...]

Becky Billings

Becky Billings is currently living in Seattle where she grew up. Billings finished a ten-year career with the U.S. Department of State in 2013 and decided it was time to leave Washington, D.C. for the better Washington—Washington state. She got bit by the travel bug while she was a study abroad student at the BYU [...]

Miranda Wilcox

Miranda Wilcox is an associate professor of English at BYU. At the present time, Wilcox is living in England, where she is working on a book project about Anglo-Saxon England at the University of York. In June, Wilcox will move to London to co-direct study abroad programs at the BYU London Centre. She enjoys living [...]

Volha Liudvikouskaya

Volha Liudvikouskaya was born in the Soviet Union in 1983. His people were forced to learn/speak Russian at this time, so his parents mostly spoke to him in Russian. When Belarus gained independence in 1990, Liudvikouskaya was seven and began learning Belarussian in school, as well as learning the culture, literature, and customs—all in the [...]

Luca Sorgiacomo

I am a husband and father of two and a creative business engineer with a passion for technology innovation and music. Since the age of twelve, I have been traveling regularly to the UK or U.S. to learn the English language. After my my bachelor’s degree, I served a mission in London and then [...]

Meet our new members

Kelsi grew up in Colorado, studied at BYUH and BYU, and served a mission in São Paulo, Brazil.  After her mission, she studied abroad at ISCTE Business school in Portugal. During the summers, she worked in Salvador, Brazil, interning as a business mentor and volunteering at the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World [...]

Darin Christensen

Darin Christensen is a Foreign Service officer employed by the U.S. Department of State. Christensen is currently a student at the Foreign Service Institute where he is learning Hungarian in preparation for his next post in Budapest, Hungary. In Budapest, he will report on the treatment of religious and ethnic minorities. His first post [...]

Christel Kalala

Christel Kalala has recently joined the society. Kalala was born in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and later moved to Vienna, Austria, at the tender age of five. In Vienna, she completed elementary school, mastering the French, Dutch, and German languages. From Austria her family moved to New York City for a summer [...]

Thriving in International Business

Kris Jenkins graduated from Utah Valley University where he studied international business. He previously served an LDS mission to Chile and has maintained the language which allows him to pursue international business in Mexico City, Madrid and other Spanish-speaking areas; he also makes frequent trips to Manila, Sao Paulo and London. He leads technology efforts [...]