Kenneth R. Mays

Kenneth (Kenny) Mays
Kenneth (Kenny) Mays

Kenny Mays has been an instructor in the Church’s Department of Seminaries and Institutes (S&I) for thirty years. He began his teaching experience as an early morning seminary teacher while working for Procter & Gamble in Minneapolis, MN. Since then, Kenny has served as a fulltime seminary teacher, seminary principal, CES coordinator, instructional designer, and institute teacher. He currently teaches at the Salt Lake University Institute adjacent to the University of Utah.

After high school and a mission to the Italy North Mission, his formal education included degrees in organizational communication from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. His personal interests have focused on Book of Mormon studies and photographing sites from various periods of Church history. This he has done on numerous visits to those sites, both on his own and as a tour guide for BYU Travel Study and private companies.

Kenny has contributed historical images to dozens of books, magazines, journals, and historical DVDs. In recent months, his images have been in the Ensign, Church News, several new books, Pioneer magazine, Mormon Historical Studies, and BYU Studies. Approximately 1800 of his images, along with images from several BYU professors, are archived at www.lds.org. He has taught about LDS history at Education Week on the BYU campus and has been a presenter at various symposia, including the Association of Mormon Letters and the 2008 symposium on the life of President John Taylor. Each Thursday in the Mormon Times section of the Deseret News, Kenny provides images and commentary for the “Portraits of the Past” feature.