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Meet the Devotional Speakers for Apr.–July 2024


BYU-Pathway Worldwide monthly devotionals complement the student experience by fostering greater faith and discipleship in Jesus Christ. Students across the world have been inspired by these uplifting messages.

The upcoming devotionals will feature the following speakers and General Authorities and Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

  • April 30: BYU-Pathway President Brian K. Ashton and Sister Melinda Ashton
  • May 28: Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
  • June 18: Debra and Harry Bonner, The Bonner Family singers
  • July 16: Elder Juan Pablo Villar, General Authority Seventy

Devotionals typically last 7–10 minutes and can be viewed at 10:00 a.m. (MDT/UTC-6) on the BYU-Pathway Facebook page and later on the BYU-Pathway speeches page. Students responsible for leading the lesson in their gathering that week will facilitate a discussion around topics shared in the devotional. All participants are invited to watch, share, and discuss these inspiring messages.

About the Speakers

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President Brian K. and Sister Melinda Ashton

Brian K. Ashton is the president of BYU-Pathway Worldwide and previously served as vice president of field operations. Receiving his bachelor’s degree from BYU and MBA degree from Harvard University, President Ashton has started several companies. He served as the Second Counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency from 2015–2019.

Melinda Ashton graduated from BYU and later attended medical school in Chicago. She served in the Spain Malaga Mission. Melinda and Brian are the parents of seven children. Together, they presided over the Texas Houston South Mission from 2012–2015.


Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Dieter F. Uchtdorf is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and also served in the First Presidency from 2008–2018. Elder Uchtdorf received an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development before beginning his career as a pilot in the German Air Force. He flew for commercial airlines for over 30 years. He and his wife, Harriet, have two children, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Debra and Harry Bonner


Debra and Harry created The Bonner Family singers, a group in which they and their eight children share their love for Jesus Christ through music. Debra is a professional vocal soloist and teacher. With a master’s degree in music, she has performed as a soloist with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and is writing a book on her critically acclaimed vocal technique. Harry was also raised on gospel music. He later met Debra while earning his master’s degree from the University of Michigan, where he supervised activities in recreational centers.

Elder Juan Pablo Villar


Juan Pablo Villar is a General Authority Seventy and the assistant executive director of the Temple and Missionary Departments. Elder Villar studied communication and marketing and earned an MBA from BYU. He’s worked with medical device marketing, mining, and business improvement programs in Latin America. He and his wife, Carola, presided over the Spain Barcelona Mission and are the parents of three children.