Our 2018 National Symposium was a special treat this year drawing comments from several historians that they learned something new today. Jerry Houck spoke about A Living Church including the succession, church government, organization and attitudes in the LDS Church. Devan Jensen and Kenneth Alford spoke about the Utah War of 1857-1858. We had a bit of an unusual circumstance when one of our presenters, Bill Hartley, passed away a couple weeks before the presentation. His assistant Catherine Blake gave a presentation in his place about Transportation Changes in the West, Howard Egan, the Central Route, Pony Express and the Stagecoach. And Alma Alford spoke about the church and government relations with the Reed Smoot Hearings. Then the Keynote Speakers were SLC Temple President Jack Wixom and his wife, former General Primary President and now SLC Temple Matron Rosemary Wixom. We had fewer attendees than in recent years, but this allowed for a very sweet spirit in the personal setting of a smaller gathering. This was such a wonderful experience we are already looking forward to next year’s National Symposium!
Derek is Program Director for SUP Online; formerly on the Board of the Cotton Mission Chapter, and past president of the Dixie Encampment Chapter. He and his wife, Genine, have lived in the Bloomington Ranches area of St. George, Utah, since moving there from Carson City, Nevada in 2004. Derek also hosts and produces the Hearts of the Fathers Podcast.