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June Men and Women of Faith Lecture

Press Release

James and Drusilla Hendricks

The Church History Library will host the June Men and Women of Faith lecture: “The Untold Story of Mormon Pioneers with Disabilities” on Thursday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church Office Building main auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

A surprising number of physically and emotionally disabled Mormon emigrants attempted to cross the plains to Zion. Mormon emigrant companies probably had a higher percentage of disabled people than non-Mormon companies, because of the Latter-day Saints’ belief in priesthood power. Lecture presenter Bryce Fifield will relate some of the untold stories of the sick, wounded, lame, and blind who crossed the plains. Their stories shed light on the broader cultural narrative of the Latter-day Saints.

Dr. Bryce Fifield is a graduate of Utah State University where he received both his bachelor's degree in psychology and his master's degree in counseling and school psychology. He also received a doctorate degree in special education and rehabilitation from the University of Oregon. He has worked as a school psychologist in Shelley, Idaho, as a researcher in Arizona and Oregon, as Associate Director of the Idaho Center on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Idaho, and as Executive Director of the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University. He has spent his entire career working with people with disabilities and their families in both large and small communities. He currently works as the Director of the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University.

This event is part of the 2012 Men and Women of Faith lecture series sponsored by the Church History Library. All lectures are held at 7:00 p.m. in the Church Office Building main auditorium on 50 East North Temple Street.

For more information, visit history.lds.org/program/men-and-women-of-faith or call 801-240-2272.