Richard Draper of Religious Education will present a Brigham Young University devotional, “‘Which Truth Shineth’: The Interrelationship Between Light, Truth and Grace in the Salvation Process,” Tuesday, July 7, at 11:05 a.m. in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium.
The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels. Visit byub.org/devotionals or speeches.byu.edu for rebroadcast and archive information.
Draper was raised in Pleasant Grove, Utah, and after serving in the military, he went on a mission to the Central Atlantic States (then composed of Virginia, North Carolina and parts of West Virginia). After completing his mission, he married Barbara Johnson.
Upon graduation from college, he was hired by the Church Educational System where he served for 20 years. During that time he completed his master’s degree at Arizona State University in history. He also completed a doctorate at BYU in ancient history and was hired in Religious Education where he has taught for 20 years.
Draper has served as managing director of the Religious Studies Center and as graduate coordinator and associate dean of Religious Education. He has authored or co-authored eight books and more than 150 articles or chapters in books. His area of specialty is biblical apocalyptic and prophetic writings.
He has served in many church callings, such as on high councils, in a bishopric and as a bishop. He and his wife have six children and reside in Lindon, Utah.
Writer: Lindsay Petersen