H. Donl Peterson

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Harry Donl Peterson (February 17, 1930 – March 21, 1994)[1] was a religion professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) who primarily studied topics related to the Book of Mormon and Pearl of Great Price.


Peterson was born and raised in Lehi, Utah. He served a mission in the Western States Mission (headquartered in Denver, Colorado). Peterson received his bachelor's and master's degrees from BYU. He also had a doctorate in education from Washington State University. Starting in 1964 he was a professor at BYU. Prior to that he worked as a seminary and institute teacher and administrator with the Church Educational System. At BYU he directed several travel study programs as well as being involved with the Know Your Religion program.

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), Peterson served three times as a bishop and was also president of the BYU 15th Stake. He served in the original branch presidency of the Jerusalem Branch.[1]

Peterson married Mary Lou Schenk in the Salt Lake Temple in 1953. They had six children.[1]

At the age of 64, Peterson died of cancer at his home in Orem, Utah, and was buried in the Orem City Cemetery.[1]


In addition to his own attributed publications, Peterson also served on LDS Church writing committees that prepared four manuals for the church's Gospel Doctrine classes.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Death: H. Donl Peterson". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. March 23, 1994. Retrieved 2009-09-14.


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