Winter 2017 Staff

Mormon Insights Winter 2017 Staff

Mormon Insights is published by students in the capstone course of the editing minor at Brigham Young University (BYU). Every member of the Winter 2017 Mormon Insights staff (above) assisted with planning, writing, editing, and designing articles; publishing them on the Internet; and promoting them through social media.

Photos by Megan Matheson Photography

Monica Allen

Hometown: Lindon, Utah

Major and minor: English major; editing minor

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Associate Editor, Pinterest Manager, Design Team Member

Dream job: Librarian 

Favorite Mormon Insights article or topic: “The Good in Grief” by Bradley Elders

What is your perfect pizza? Pepperoni, olives, cheese, a few mushrooms, a good crust that’s really hard, and more olives

If you could have dinner with any person (living or dead, real or imagined), who would it be? John Keats

Read Monica’s Mormon Insights articles.

Sarah Brown

Hometown: Riverton, Utah

Major and minor: English major; editing and music minors

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Assistant Managing Editor, Instagram Manager, Web Team Member 

Unique hobbies: Zumba, puns, and blind contour portraits 

What is something hard that you’ve had to do in your life? Come to terms with not wanting to serve an LDS mission 

Favorite vacation spot: Arches National Park or Hawaii 

If you could have dinner with any person (living or dead, real or imagined), who would it be? Louie Armstrong

Read Sarah’s Mormon Insights articles. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or her professional portfolio.

Charlotte Noelle Champenois

Hometown: Originally from Allerød, Denmark; moved to Provo, Utah, in 2002

Major and minor: Double major in family history–genealogy and German studies; minor in editing

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Translation Team Director and Liaison 

Favorite book: Fairy tale retellings 

One item on your bucket list: Visit Greenland

Favorite vacation spot: Denmark, although Iceland is gorgeous too

 Languages I would love to learn: Finnish, Navajo, Greenlandic, and Persian (I just speak English, Danish, and German currently, and I studied Spanish and a tiny bit of Chinese and French a few years ago)

Read Charlotte’s Mormon Insights articles. You can also connect with her on LinkedIn or her professional portfolio.

Leah Emal

Hometown: Destin, Florida 

Major and minor: English major; editing minor

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Analytics Director, Copyeditor, Facebook Team Member

Favorite quote: “Just keep swimming.” —Dory from Finding Nemo

Unique hobbies: Playing fetch with my cat and eating more than the recommended amount of french fries

One item on your bucket list: Visit as many countries as possible

If you could be any superhero, who would you be? Ironman because I like his gadgets!

Read Leah’s Mormon Insights articles. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Instagram as @leahemal, LinkedIn, or her professional portfolio.

Joshua W. Felix

Hometown: Brigham City, Utah 

Major and minor: English language major and editing minor

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Associate Editor, Facebook Manager, Assistant Web Team Director

Favorite book: Too many! The Eragon series is an old favorite, but lately I’ve been loving the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson 

Favorite quote: “Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love a thing despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.” –Patrick Rothfuss

Most memorable thing you’ve done in the past year: Finished two tubes of chapstick without losing them!

Read Joshua’s Mormon Insights articles.

Michela Fleshman

Hometown: Potomac Falls, Virginia 

Major and minor: English major, editing/digital humanities minors

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Web Director, Associate Editor, Assistant Pinterest Manager

Dream job: Professional dragon wrangler. Or YA/middle-grade author. Same thing, really.

Favorite vacation spot: Italy. My mom’s family is from there. 

If you could be any superhero, who would you be? Plot twist: I already am one! But if I could be another superhero, I’d be Miraculous Ladybug. Look her up if you don’t know who she is. She’s the coolest.

Read Michela’s Mormon Insights articles. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

Stephanie Fudge

Hometown: Kennesaw, Georgia

Major and minor: English major, editing minor

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Assistant Art Director, Assistant Copyrights Director, Associate Editor 

Favorite quote: The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. —Martin Luther King Jr. 

What is something hard that you’ve had to do in your life? Live away from the East Coast/family

If you could have dinner with any person (living or dead, real or imagined), who would it be? Darth Vader, because I wonder how he eats

Read Stephanie’s Mormon Insights articles. You can also connect with her on her professional portfolio site.

Tyler Garrett

Hometown: Sacramento, California

Major and minor: English language major, editing minor

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Copyeditor, Copyrights Director, Assistant Analytics Director 

Most memorable thing you’ve done in the past year: I got married 

Unique hobbies: Beatboxing, drumming

Favorite conference talk: “Safety for the Soul” —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, October 2009 

Personal motto: “You won’t get anything unless you ask for it.”

Read Tyler’s Mormon Insights articles. You can also connect with him on Facebook, LinkedIn, or his professional portfolio.

Sarah Keenan

Hometown: Medford, Oregon

Major and minor: English major, editing minor

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Managing Editor

Favorite quote: “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” —Paulo Coelho

Most memorable thing you’ve done in the past year: I went to Canada with my husband and was introduced to poutine and Chocolats Favoris, the best chocolate-dipped ice cream shop in the known world. 

One item on your bucket list: Become an extra in a Marvel movie 

If you could be any superhero, who would you be? Batman. Always Batman.

Read Sarah’s Mormon Insights articles. You can also connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn, or her professional portfolio.

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Emily Russon

Hometown: Idaho Falls, Idaho 

Major and minor: journalism major, editing minor

Positions on Mormon Insights staff:  Social Media Director, Associate Editor, Analytics Team Member

Favorite book: The Last Lecture 

Favorite quote: “I’m not superstitious. . . . I’m just a little stitious.”

One item on your bucket list: Skydiving

If you could have dinner with any person (living or dead, real or imagined), who would it be? AMELIA EARHART. I can’t handle not knowing what happened to her.

Read Emily’s Mormon Insights articles. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or on Instagram as @emmajanel.

Camille Lazelle

Hometown: Meridian, Idaho

Major and minor: English major; editing minor

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Copyeditor, Translation Team Member

Unique hobbies: Salsa dancing

 Favorite conference talk: “Safety for the Soul,” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

 What must you always have on your person: My phone and chocolate

 Favorite band/singer/group: James Bay

Read Camille’s Mormon Insights articles. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or her portfolio.

Morgan Lewis

Hometown: I was a military brat, but I’m most recently from St. George, Utah

Major and minor: English major; editing and digital humanities minors

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Assistant Managing Editor, Design Team Member, Twitter Manager

Favorite book: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. It breaks my heart in the most beautiful way.

Most memorable thing you’ve done in the past year: I cried real tears over the model of Hogwarts castle at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in London. 

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere with a beach

Read Morgan’s Mormon Insights articles. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as @morganalewis_, LinkedIn, and her professional portfolio website.

Nathan Miller

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Major and minor: English, editing/writing and rhetoric

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Web Team Member, Twitter Assistant Manager, Associate Editor, Assistant PR/Correspondence Director

Favorite quote: “She generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it).” —Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Most memorable thing you’ve done in the past year: Got two cats that are unhappy with each other and so fight a lot—not physically, but they are super territorial and hissy. I know so much about resolving conflict with cats now . . .

Read Nathan’s Mormon Insights articles. You can also connect with him on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Alyssa Nielsen

Hometown: Weston, Idaho

Major and minor: communications–news media major; editing and political science minors

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Associate Editor, PR/Correspondence Director, Assistant Pinterest Manager

Favorite bookGone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Favorite quote: “Life is so constructed that an event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.” —Charlotte Bronte, Villette

Most memorable thing you’ve done in the past yearI rode an elephant.

What must you always have on your person? My great-grandma’s ring

Read Alyssa’s Mormon Insights articles. Follow Alyssa on Twitter or visit her portfolio website.

Sophia Parry

Hometown: Alpine, Utah

Major and minor: English language major, editing minor

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Assistant Managing Editor, Design Team Member, Analytics Team Member

Dream job: Editing and writing fiction. My big dream is to write a book and voice the audiobook.

Most memorable thing you’ve done in the past year: I traveled to Europe with my husband and tried to be a native Londoner for six weeks.

Unique hobbies: I teach yoga and I like to draw. I recently drew crayon portraits of three of my nieces.

Read Sophia’s Mormon Insights articles.

Olivia Snow

Hometown: Bigfork, Montana 

Major and minor: Interdisciplinary humanities major (emphasis in English literature); editing minor

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Art Director, Associate Editor, and PR/Correspondence Team Member

Dream job: Writer and illustrator of children’s books

Most memorable thing you’ve done in the past year: I traveled to Hawaii to present a paper at a humanities conference. 

What must you always have on your person? My wedding ring

Read Olivia’s Mormon Insights articles.  You can also connect with her on LinkedIn or visit her online portfolio.

Austin Tracy

Hometown: Highland, Utah

Major and minor: Spanish translation major and editing minor

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Associate Editor, Assistant Translation Director, Copyrights Team Member

Unique hobbies: Writing with both hands at the same time and scrubbing dishes in the same manner

What must you always have on your person? An unwavering determination to do what’s right

Do you speak any foreign languages? I speak Spanish, and I am working on ASL, Danish, and Hebrew

Read Austin’s Mormon Insights articles. You can also connect with him on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Marvin K. Gardner

Position on Mormon Insights staff: Editor in Chief

Position at Brigham Young University: Professor, Department of Linguistics and English Language, College of Humanities

Most memorable thing you’ve done in the past year: Spent a week in Paris with my wife for our fortieth wedding anniversary; then co-directed a group of 30 BYU students on a six-week study abroad in Ireland, Wales, England, and Scotland

Current favorite quote: “If sacrifice for others is the highest manifestation of love, then the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the grandest demonstration of love this world has ever known. The compelling, driving force behind his sacrifice was love, not duty or glory or honor or any other temporal reward. It was love in its purest, deepest, most enduring sense.” —Tad R. Callister, The Infinite Atonement

Connect with Professor Gardner on LinkedIn.

One Comment

  1. My thoughts on how an LDS hymn has influenced my life.
    I love to visit the ocean and watch the waves rush in and out in an endless rhythm that seems like the music of angels. On my last visit to the Oregon coast, I was walking solo along the sand and I suddenly felt so homesick for heaven that I could hardly breathe. At that moment, the words to “O My Father” came rushing into my mind with such force that it brought me to tears and “when will I regain Thy presence, and again behold Thy face?” became the plea of my heart. Since that time, this hymn often forms the soundtrack to my day, and I strive to live each moment in a way that brings me closer to a homecoming filled with joy and not regret.

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