Friends, neighbors, and supporters of the Widtsoe Foundation were thrilled to deepen their spiritual and doctrinal understanding at a special event held in the Santa Clarita Valley on October 27, 2017.

Promoted as “An Evening with Richard Draper and Jack Welch” this special Friday evening fireside drew a significant number of interested participants. Professor Richard Draper spoke of principles of the gospel found in the book of 1 Corinthians. (The Widtsoe Foundation is the
publication sponsor of Brother Draper’s recent work Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians which is part of the New Testament Commentary series.)

Professor John W. “Jack” Welch spoke about his experience in discovering chiasms (a way of Hebrew writing) in the Book of Mormon and ways to develop an abiding testimony. One attendee summarized the evening in these words: “Wow, that was amazing, I learned all kinds of things I did not know. When can we do this again?” Hopefully soon!

John A. Widtsoe Foundation vice president Michael Stanley was called to serve as President of the California Santa Clarita Stake on February 11, 2018. Presiding at this historic conference were Elder Carl B. Cook and Elder Bruce E. Ghent of the 70. President Stanley is a founding member of the Widtsoe foundation board and serves at the director of the LDS Institute at the University of Southern California. He and his wife Denise are the parents of five children.