Heather Child Benson

Geography, history, and cultures ignited Heather Child Benson's interests at a very young age, and she went on to graduate with a degree in international relations from BYU. Benson and her husband Todd formed a connection with Hong Kong, while he clerked there during law school and have returned twice during his career with [...]

Fred E. Woods

Fred E. Woods has lectured extensively in the U.S. and internationally on issues dealing with the global Church, especially as it pertains to emigration from European countries. Woods is the chief compiler and editor of the Mormon Migration web site, which contains all the known chartered voyages, passenger lists, and Latter-day Saint immigrant accounts to [...]

Scott Fife

Scott Fife has spent the majority of his career working as a global trade expert for a Big 4. Now working in the U.S. for the first time since 2003, Fife's work is focused on helping clients manage trade disruptions, from the new NAFTA agreement (USMCA) to the trade war with China. Previously, he worked [...]

Church EU Rep Speaks at European Parliament

Francesco Di Lillo, director of the European Union (EU) office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressed the topic of religious freedom at a European Parliament round table. This link will take you to a summary of the event, which includes a link to the audio for the full round table [...]

Trevor Aitken

For the last four years I have been living in the Netherlands, where I currently reside. After graduating from BYU, I relocated to Austin, Texas, where I finished an MS in geology, and then moved to Houston to begin work in the oil and gas industry. My career has taken me to many African [...]

Conference Proceedings Now Online

Proceedings for the latest conference "Women Making a World of Difference" are now online for member access. Featured talks include the Keynote from Valerie Hudson, George H.W. Bush Chair at Texas A&M, who spoke on Women, Peace, and Security. Other topics are Turning Hope into Action; Multidimensional Women, Multidimensional Lives; Legal Professions Making a Difference; and [...]

Jennifer A. Oppenheimer

Jennifer Adams Oppenheimer is a bilingual speech-language pathologist, receiving a BS from BYU and an MS from California State University, Long Beach. Oppenheimer served an LDS mission in the Philippines, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in India, was part of an international professional delegation to China and Tibet, and has traveled extensively across five continents. [...]

Living and Serving in Norway

David Erland Isaksen's father is Norwegian and his mother is English. Isaksen's wife is half German and half Romanian. He lived most of his life in Norway, but three of their five children were born in the United States. Since 2015, Isaksen has been working as a translator for the Church and as an assistant [...]

Religious Freedom Annual Review

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies is proud to announce the 2018 Religious Freedom Annual Review with keynote speaker Elder F. Whitney Clayton headlining the event. Attendees will hear a multitude of guest speakers and experts from around the country speak on the current trend of religious liberties in the U.S. Workshops and [...]

A Native of Nowhere

Ryan Koch was appointed the New York office director for the Public and International Affairs Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2014. In this capacity, Koch oversees Church outreach to the diplomatic communities in New York and at the UN, including representing LDS Charities. He also is responsible for liaising [...]