Mary Jane Woodger

Mary Jane Woodger, LDS author, Utah authorAuthor: Mary Jane Woodger

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Books Published with Cedar Fort:Gifts of Self Esteem,
Presidents of the Church

Bio:Mary Jane Woodger, Ed.D., is a professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. Born and raised in American Fork and Salt Lake City, Utah, Mary Jane has always had a great love for teaching. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in home economics education, she taught home economics and American history in Salt Lake City. In 1992, she completed her master of education degree at Utah State University, and in 1997, she received from Brigham Young University a doctor of education degree in educational leadership, with a minor in Church history and doctrine. She was honored by Kappa Omicron Nu with the Award of Excellence for her dissertation research, entitled The Educational Ideals of David O. McKay.

Since then, Dr. Woodger has written and published several books including three books about the life and teachings of David O. McKay, as well as a book on the timely subject of self-esteem. She has also authored numerous articles on doctrinal, historical, and educational subjects. These articles have appeared in various academic journals, as well as the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, the Church News, the Ensign, and The Religious Educator. Recently, Dr. Woodger received the Best Article of the Year Award from the Utah Historical Society, as well as the Brigham Young University Faculty Women’s Association Teaching Award. Dr. Woodger’s current research interests include twentieth-century Church history, Latter-day Saint women’s history, and Church education.