Spouse Program Presenters

The 2018 Academy of LDS Dentists Spouse Program is for husbands and wives of dental professionals who attend the annual dental conference. This year's theme is "Finding Joy in the Journey," based on the general conference message Finding Joy in the Journey (October 2008) and the scripture “My soul delighteth in the things of the Lord” (2 Nephi 4:16). Our program is packed with a variety of speakers and topics that explore these inspiring sayings.


Hank Smith

Hank Smith teaches in the Religious Education Department at BYU and is a favorite speaker for Especially for Youth, Best of Especially for Youth, and BYU Education Week. Hank and his wife, Sara, were both born and raised in St. George, Utah. They are the parents of one daughter and two sons. Brother Smith enjoys running marathons and eating lots and lots of ice cream (which is why he runs marathons). More than anything else, he loves being at home spending all day with his wife and children.


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Hilary Weeks

Hilary Weeks was raised in Anchorage, Alaska where her family often enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors – including frequent fishing trips.  At the age of 15 Hilary caught a trophy-sized king salmon weighing 80 pounds – much to the chagrin of her father who would have liked to catch a fish that size!

Hilary has always loved music.  She began taking piano lessons at age 8 and wrote her first song at age 14. Hilary’s first CD, He Hears Me, released in 1996 and over the past 20 years she has released a total of 11 solo albums.  Her most recent releases Every Step,  Say Love  and Love Your Life all charted in the top ten on the Christian Billboard Charts. She loves sharing the message of optimistic living and believes there is positivity in each of us. Hilary, her husband Tim and their four girls live in Lehi, Utah.

Dorie Haws

Dorie Haws

Dorie Haws is a head teacher trainer in the Child and Family Studies Laboratory in the School of Family Life at BYU.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a Japanese minor from Brigham Young University in 1989. She taught in the Provo School District for nine years before being recruited by BYU as the first Early Childhood Clinical Faculty Associate for the Department of Teacher Education.  Twenty years later, Dorie continues to teach BYU students and preschool children in the BYU Lab School.  She teaches courses that focus on appropriate parenting and teaching practices of young children.  She has a master’s degree in human development and a Masters of Public Administration.  Mentoring, educating, listening, and helping parents navigate the ups and downs of parenting is something Dorie enjoys in her professional and personal life.

Liz Edmunds

Liz Edmunds

Liz Edmunds is the author of 2 cookbooks: The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner (2008) and The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner Again! (2009). She also hosts the BYUtv show “The Food Nanny”, which showcases her passion for family dinnertime. She is the mother of seven children, and has 28 grandchildren. Liz and her husband Steve have been married 47 years. In her words, “My entire desire is to see that every child has a place to be at dinner. When the family eats together, everyone wins!!”

Rella Christensen

Rella Christensen

Rella Christensen, PhD leads TRAC Research.  It is the human studies section of the non-profit Clinicians Report Foundation, formerly called CRA, which she co-founded and directed for 27 years.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (University of Southern California), a PhD in physiology with emphasis on microbiology (Brigham Young University), and post graduate training in anaerobic microbiology (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University).  She has authored numerous research reports and spoken internationally for over 30 years. 

Bryce and Heidi Barfuss

Bryce & Heidi Barfuss

Bryce and Heidi have lived in Twin Falls, Idaho for the last 13 years. They have five children – Logan Makayla, Maddison, Braden, and Ella. Hey love the people they serve in the community and they love spending time together as a family. Some hobbies include hiking, backpacking, skiing, road tripping, and serving abroad. They feel that serving and traveling together creates the best memories that will last forever and that’s what life is all about!

Taylor and Bailee Morris

Taylor & Bailee Morris

Taylor and Bailee are both performers and entertainers at heart. They met through the BYU Young Ambassador program and while both were members of the group for three years, they only did it together for one of those years due to LDS missions. Bailee served in Los Angeles, CA and Taylor in Billings, MT. Both are active in the Utah County performing community, but it has definitely taken the backburner in their life as they maintain a busy lifestyle with family and career. Taylor is a program administrator in Conferences and Workshops at BYU and Bailee is an adjunct faculty at BYU teaching contemporary voice. Bailee also teaches private voice outside of BYU and has a growing photography business. Taylor and Bailee are the parents of two adorable (and sometimes crazy) daughters.

Nathan Ogden

Nathan Ogden

Nathan Ogden’s life came crashing to a halt after he was instantly paralyzed in a skiing accident. By staring his excuses in the eye he found new legs to live life standing taller. Today, he is a highly sought after inspirational keynote speaker, trainer and author of the book, Unfrozen. Nathan has taught thousands in business, organizations, nonprofits and schools how to conquer their fears and move from paralysis to progress through eliminating excuses in their professional and personal lives. His courage and determination give hope and power to all who know and hear his message.