Latter-day Profiles Season 46 / June-September 2023
LDPRF_46_01 / Ed & Wanda Willis – “From Panther to Priesthood”
Airs June 4, 2023 & July 30, 2023
For Ed Willis, life was one harsh blow after another. Born into generational poverty within a system not designed for Black men’s success, most of his options led to dead ends. But in between jail time, drug addiction, unemployment, the struggles of racism, and family strife, there were brief flashes when the light of Christ touched Ed’s heart, instilling in him a desire to know and to be more.
Ed and his wife Wanda share how a lifetime of struggles and hardships prepared them to receive the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
LDPRF_46_02 / Roger & Brad Wilcox – Authors of “Blessed are Ye”
Airs June 11, 2023 & August 6, 2023
Brothers Brad Wilcox and Roger Wilcox worked together on the book, “Blessed Are Ye: Using the Beatitudes to Understand Christ’s Atonement and Grace. The book examines possible connections between the Beatitudes, the first principles and ordinances of the gospel, and temple covenants.
Brad Wilcox is a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University the second counselor in the Young Men general presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Roger Wilcox is retired after a career teaching seminary and institute.
LDPRF_46_03 / Marshall & Michelle Moore – Directors of ZIONS Indie Film Festival
Airs June 18, 2023 & August 13, 2023
Marshall and Michelle Moore became the new owners and co-directors of Zions Indie Film Fest in 2021, formerly the LDS Film Festival. The couple has over 45 years of combined film industry experience and is extremely passionate about helping connect filmmakers, friends, and audiences alike.
Marshall is currently the VP of Operations and Marketing at Utah Film Studios in Park City, Utah which was home to the Paramount Network television series Yellowstone for three seasons.
Michelle is the owner/operator of Moore PR Group, and with the help of her talented team, they work year-round on media campaigns, movie premieres, and special events.
LDPRF_46_04 / Dan Davis – Founder of Stiry
Airs June 25, 2023, & August 20, 2023
Dan Davis is the founder of the video story company, Stiry. Stiry produces raw and authentic short films and documentaries about regular people doing extraordinary things for network tv, digital streaming services, and web-based video platforms. Stiry’s mission is to inspire people to discover their divine potential by changing the way they see their story.
LDPRF_46_05 / Jennifer Nielsen – Bestselling Author
Airs July 2, 2023, & August 27, 2023
Jennifer A. Nielsen is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 15 books for young readers. Her titles have been published in 21 languages, two have been optioned for film, and several have been the recipients of multiple awards and notable lists.
Nielsen was born and raised in northern Utah, where she still lives today with her family, a dog that won’t play fetch, and a cat that hallucinates. She is the author of The Ascendance series, beginning with THE FALSE PRINCE; the TRAITOR’S GAME series; the historical novels RESISTANCE, A NIGHT DIVIDED, WORDS ON FIRE, RESCUE, and several other titles. She loves chocolate, old books, and lazy days in the mountains.
LDPRF_46_06 / John Pearce – Co-founder at Bloom
Airs July 9, 2023, & September 3, 2023
John Pearce is a Co-Founder of Bloom. Pearce, along with Bloom co-founder Eric Engebretsen, has a mission to improve people’s standard of living in emerging markets through remote work. Bloom’s goal is to create 10,000 jobs abroad while providing easy access to diverse and qualified candidates for US businesses.
Bloom’s talent network includes more than ten thousand college-educated English speakers who have studied at accredited American universities. The company currently has thousands of team members actively working for clients in over 65 countries globally.
LDPRF_46_07 / Daniel & Kathryn Blomberg – Founders of Blomberg Music Productions
Airs July 16, 2023, & September 10, 2023
Daniel and Kathryn Blomberg are the co-founders of Blomberg Music Productions, a full-service music production company helping Christian musicians reach their potential.
Daniel is a music producer, arranger, songwriter, keyboardist, and vocalist from Sweden. He met his wife, Kathryn, the love of his life, and many of his favorite music colleagues while at Brigham Young University. Kathryn is a vocalist, entrepreneur, and homeschooling mother.
After many international moves, The Blomberg family has now settled in Provo, Utah.
LDPRF_46_08 / Jenifer Greenwood
Airs July 23, 2023, & September 17, 2023
Jenifer Greenwood has worked for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 27 years—writing, editing, strategizing, and, most important, listening, learning, and being grateful to see closeup the building up of the kingdom of God.
She started her career as an editorial intern and then spent 16 years as an editor, copyeditor, and assistant managing editor of the Liahona. Her current assignment is as the director of policy and General Officer support in the Priesthood and Family Department, where she works to publish general conference every six months and has been privileged to work on the rewrite of the Church’s General Handbook. She recently accepted an appointment as the executive secretary to the Priesthood and Family Executive Council.
Jenifer graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in English and immediately began work on an MA. Before she wrote a thesis, however, she started working for the Church. Twenty-six years later, she graduated from BYU with a master’s degree in public administration.
She’s a self-taught amateur in anything she does but particularly enjoys tasks that involve neatly ordered squares: especially the New York Times crossword puzzle, patchwork quilts, Wordle, and family history.