Volunteer Spotlight: Brad Sawyer

by Maddie Christensen

“As I’ve studied and read some of the things that the Project is involved in, I’ve come to realize that Wilford Woodruff is not only a great American historian, but also has kept wonderful journals about Church history, temple endowment development, and his relationship with the prophet Joseph,” shares Brad Sawyer, Development Committee Chair on the Board of Directors of the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation.

Brad first became interested in the Project because of his love for and interest in Church history. He has found joy in learning about Wilford Woodruff, reading many of Wilford’s documents, and discovering more about his wife’s family through their stories contained in Wilford’s papers.

Fellow Board member Jake Nichol shares, “I love working with Brad on the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation Board. His enthusiasm for our cause is contagious and his determination to drive the success of our endeavor motivates us all.”

Brad feels strongly about the positive impact the Project can have on everyone. He shares, “To be able to have prophets share examples of challenges, trials, and tribulations from their lives, bearing testimony of miracles they’ve seen happen, and [knowing] that can happen in people’s lives again today is another foundational thing that people can hold on to.” Brad continues, “They can read the words of Wilford Woodruff or his interactions with the Prophet Joseph and that can bless them today.”

One of the things that inspires Brad about the Project is the amazing contributions of the rising generation within the Project. He shares, “If it wasn’t for the rising generation, we wouldn’t have the success that we have had. It’s a fascinating project to watch the hand of the Lord bringing forth preserved documents and testimonies that can bless and uplift the lives of others. Quite frankly, I wanted to be a part of it because it’s really exciting.”

For more information on how you can also get involved in the Project, please visit wilfordwoodruffpapers.org/get-involved.