Dr. Donald Ray Hinton was born in Hurricane, Utah and married to Ada Lu Fuller. They have 6 children and “almost” 25 grandchildren. He served a mission to Hong Kong as a young man and as mission president there in 2000-2003. Dr. Hinton received his Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication and Oral Interpretation from Southern Illinois University; was professor of Communication and coach of the Dixie College/Dixie State University Forensic Squad for 25 years, and served as 6 years as Department Chair, and 11 years as Dean, including a short time as Acting Vice-President of Academics.
Dr. Hinton spoke first about the rising tide of LDS Church membership in mainland China. He masterfully led us through the history of the Church in all of asia, and the difficulties encountered with several failed attempts before it took hold.