From February 15-17, 2016, the Widtsoe Foundation had the privilege of hosting John W. Welch. On Monday, Brother Welch addressed a crowd of 250 at the Los Angeles Temple Visitor’s Center for a special YSA Family Home Evening Fireside. He spoke about the importance of technology in the history of the Church and the advancement of the Gospel. Brother Welch spent the next two days visiting with staff and faculty at USC, and with local religious leaders in Los Angeles.
John W. (“Jack”) Welch is the Robert K. Thomas Professor of Law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he teaches courses on Joseph Smith and the Law, Biblical Law, and Tax Exempt Organizations. He served as an editor for Macmillan’s Encyclopedia of Mormonism, published in 1991. That year he became the editor-in-chief of the premier Latter-day Saint scholarly journal, BYU Studies Quarterly, a position that he still holds. He was one of the organizers of the bicentennial conference for Joseph Smith at the Library of Congress in 2005, and has served on the executive committee of the Biblical Law Section of the Society of Biblical Literature. His wife Jeannie has taught for many years in the BYU French Department. Thanks to their four children and their spouses, they have 17 grandchildren.