Mormon Insights is published by students in the capstone course of the editing minor at Brigham Young University (BYU). Every member of the Fall 2016 Mormon Insights staff (above) assisted with planning, writing, editing, and designing articles; publishing them on the Internet; and promoting them through social media.
Major and minor: Anthropology (sociocultural) major; editing minor
Hometown: Rigby, Idaho
Staff positions: Art Director, Copyeditor, and Pinterest Manager
Most memorable thing you’ve done in the past year: Went snorkeling in the Red Sea
Unique hobbies: Listening to music (90% of the time I’m awake), reading voraciously, and baking
Personal motto: Be who you want to be and who God wants you to be—nothing else matters.
What is something hard that you’ve had to do in your life? Overcome an eating disorder
Major and minor: Spanish translation major; editing and Portuguese minors
Hometown: Woodstock, GA
Staff positions: Assistant Managing Editor and Social Media Manager
Dream job: University professor of Hispanic literature
Favorite quote: If they give you ruled paper, write the other way. —Juan Ramón Jiménez
If you could be any superhero, who would you be? Dr. Strange. I know next to nothing about him, except that he has several different powers, travels between alternate dimensions, and is played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Sounds awesome.
Do you speak any foreign languages? Spanish and Portuguese. Which then get mixed together, so I really only speak Portañol.
Major and minor: English language major; editing and TESOL minors
Hometown: Twin Falls, Idaho
Staff positions: Managing Editor, Facebook Manager, and Design Team Member
Favorite quote: Act the way you want to be, and soon you will be the way you act.
Personal motto: Be better today than I was yesterday.
One item on your bucket list: Buy a ridiculous wolf T-shift from a gas station in the middle of nowhere
Favorite band/singer/group? It changes. U2, The Beatles, Taylor Swift sometimes.
Major and minor: Teaching social science major; editing minor
Hometown: Puyallup, Washington
Staff positions: Associate Editor, Twitter Manager, Web Director, Copyright Manager, and Design Team Member
Favorite conference talk: This isn’t quite a conference talk, but it was a devotional by an apostle—“The Character of Christ” by Elder Bednar. This address has really helped to reshape my understanding of the Savior and of charity.
What must you always have on your person? My yellow water bottle
If you could be any superhero, who would you be? My mom
Do you speak any foreign languages? Tagalog, “Op Talk,” and a little bit of Spanish
Marvin K. Gardner
Staff position: Founding Editor in Chief of Mormon Insights
Position at Brigham Young University: Teaching Professor, Department of Linguistics and English Language, College of Humanities
Current favorite quote: “A grand objective of mortality is not merely learning about the Only Begotten of the Father but also striving to know Him. . . . As our faith in the Lord increases, we trust in Him and have confidence in His power to redeem, heal, and strengthen us.” —Elder David A. Bednar
Find Professor Gardner on LinkedIin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marvinkgardner