BRANDON S. PLEWE is assistant professor of Geography at Brigham Young University. After a bachelor’s degree in Cartography and Mathematics from Brigham Young University, he earned his masters and PhD degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. A cartographer at heart, his career has focused on historical geographic information systems (GIS) and historical cartography, with an emphasis on representing the spatial history of Utah and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife Jamie have five children.
S. KENT BROWN is professor emeritus of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University and is the former director and associate director of the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. He taught at BYU from 1971 to 2008. He is married to the former Gayle Oblad; they are the parents of five children and the grandparents of twenty-five grandchildren.
DONALD Q. CANNON is professor emeritus of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University. He received bachelor’s and masters degrees from the University of Utah and a doctorate from Clark University. He has written or edited several books, including Unto Every Nation and The Nauvoo Legion in Illinois. He and Joann McGinnis Cannon are the parents of six children.
RICHARD H. JACKSON received his PhD from Clark University in 1970 in Historical Geography and recently retired after four decades as a professor and administrator in the Geography Department at Brigham Young University. He has written extensively about Mormon settlement and community planning in the American West, and the way that people and place have interacted to create the distinctive geography that characterizes the Mormon West that stretches from Canada to Northern Mexico.