About the Authors

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RILEY M. MOFFAT retired in 2014 as a senior librarian at Brigham Young University– Hawaii. He has also worked as the map curator at Brigham Young University in Provo and as director of Library Services for Church Schools in Tonga. He has degrees from the Church College of Hawaii, the University of Hawaii, and Brigham Young University. He has authored a number of books and articles on the maps and history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific, among other things. Since retiring, he has been volunteering part time at the Matthew Cowley Pacific Church History Centre in Temple View, New Zealand. He and his wife, Connie, live part time in La‘ie, Hawaii, and Orem, Utah.

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FRED E. WOODS earned his PhD from the University of Utah in 1991. He has worked at Brigham Young University as a professor in the College of Religious Education since 1998. Dr. Woods has been a visiting teaching and research professor at several universities and was awarded the Richard L. Anderson Distinguished Research Award from BYU Religious Education in 2002. From 2005 to 2010, he held a Richard L. Evans Professorship of Religious Understanding, and he currently holds the BYU Moral Education professorship. Professor Woods has frequently lectured at universities both domestic and internationally. He has authored many works on Latter-day Saint Pacific history. He and his wife, JoAnna Merrill, live in Springville, Utah, and have five children, seven granddaughters, and one grandson.

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BRENT R. ANDERSON earned a degree from Brigham Young University in English, with a postgraduate emphasis in English as a Second Language. He also has an MBA degree from Pepperdine University. He served a mission to Tonga, where he became fluent in the Tongan language. In 1969 he received the matapule title of Ha‘elefeke from Motu‘apuaka, the spokesman of the king. In 1974 he returned to Tonga with his wife to work for the Church Educational System. He was one of the first teachers at Saineha High School in Vava‘u in 1976. He has returned to Tonga several times, including a consultative engagement for the Tongan government. He and his wife, Maureen, live in Draper, Utah, and have five children and nine grandchildren.