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SUSAN EASTON BLACK & GEORGE DURRANT

Susan Easton Black was born and raised in Long Beach, California and was the first woman to teach religious studies at Brigham Young University. She was also the first woman to receive the highest academic honor presented to a university faculty member–the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award. Following her retirement from BYU, Black served two missions for the Historic Sites Department of the Church: one as a psychologist for LDS Social Services, and the other to Nauvoo, Illinois.

George Durrant is a native of American Fork, Utah and has been a popular author and instructor among the youth of the Church, serving in the seminary and institute programs and as an acclaimed speaker at BYU’s Especially for Youth programs. He has been a professor of religious instruction at BYU for several years, and it was there he met his wife, Susan. He has also served as the director of Priesthood Genealogy, president of the Kentucky Tennessee Mission, and president of the Missionary Training Center in Provo. Durrant has also served as a Regional Representative to the Churches Twelve Apostles and has served missions in England, Canada, and Illinois.

Susan and George have been married since 2013, and have served a mission at the Nauvoo Illinois Temple and several church service historical missions in St. George, Utah.