Dean Garner

Dean Garner's educational experiences reflect a great love of learning and of ancient history. He earned a bachelor’s degree in art, with an emphasis in education and photography, from Weber State University in 1987. He received a master’s degree from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, focusing on curriculum development in education. His graduate work was performed at the University of Arizona in Near Eastern studies, with an emphasis in archaeology. His experience with the Holy Land has been a lifetime pursuit in and out of formal settings, developing into a great interest in Holy Land peoples and other ancient cultures.

Because of his father’s employment with the Church, Dean’s family moved 21 times before he served a mission in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He said, "As a result, we had to learn to make friends quickly and develop outgoing and positive personalities."

For 20 years Brother Garner has been employed with the Church Educational System, teaching seminary and institute in Tucson, Arizona; Farmington, New Mexico; Denton, Texas; and Cedar City, Utah. He continues the family tradition, as both his father and brother also work for CES. He believes being both a teacher and a student is a way of life taking place continually, both in and out of classrooms. He believes Ezra Taft Benson explained well what should be taught: "The teaching of the word then is the answer to the redemption of souls. This is what we are about today."

Brother Garner and his wife, Lisa Badders Garner, were married in the Los Angeles Temple in 1982. They have three daughters and one son. Brother Garner presently serves on the high council of the Cedar City West Stake, and past callings vary from Primary teacher to bishop. Brother Garner’s greatest interests are the Savior and his family. In his spare time he enjoys studying ancient cultures, photography, and writing. He has been on the writing team for three publications for Deseret Book; Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: Book of Mormon and Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: Doctrine and Covenants. Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: New Testament.

Dean Garner's Current Tours:

2018 Fall Conference LDS Church History Tour with Steven Kapp Perry from 1,955
2018 Fall Conference LDS Church History Tour with Steven Kapp Perry

DestinationPalmyra, NY; Niagara Falls, NY; Kirtland, OH; Independence, MO: Adam-ondi-Ahman Nauvoo, IL; Carthage, IL; St. Louis, MO;

Category:  LDS Church History Tours

Duration10 days 9 nights

2018 Nauvoo Pageant & LDS Church History Tour with Anthony Sweat from 1,100
2018 Nauvoo Pageant & LDS Church History Tour with Anthony Sweat

DestinationLiberty, MO; Adam-ondi-Ahman Nauvoo, IL; Carthage, IL; St. Louis, MO;

Category:  LDS Church History Tours

Duration6 days 5 nights

2019 Alaska Cruise with Eric Dowdle from 1,149
2019 Alaska Cruise with Eric Dowdle

DestinationSeattle, WA Day at Sea - Alaska Ketchikan, AK; Tracy Arm Fjord, AK Skagway, AK Victoria, British Columbia

Category:  Dowdle

Duration8 days 7 nights

2019 Alaska Cruise with Eric Dowdle from 1,149
2019 Alaska Cruise with Eric Dowdle

DestinationSeattle, WA Day at Sea - Alaska Ketchikan, AK; Tracy Arm Fjord, AK Skagway, AK Victoria, British Columbia

Category:  Cruises

Duration8 days 7 nights

2019 American Heritage & LDS Church History Tour with Kay Godfrey from N/A
2019 American Heritage & LDS Church History Tour with Kay Godfrey

DestinationWashington, D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; New York City, NY Boston, MA; Sharon, VT; Palmyra, NY; Niagara Falls, NY;

Category:  LDS Church History Tours

Duration15 days 14 nights

2019 Celebrate Israel with Steven Kapp Perry from 2,299
2019 Celebrate Israel with Steven Kapp Perry

DestinationCairo; Luxor; Tel Aviv; Caesarea; Mt. Tabor;

Category:  Holy Lands

Duration12 days 11 nights

2019 D Day & World War II with Author Jerry Borrowman from 2,299
2019 D Day & World War II with Author Jerry Borrowman

DestinationLondon, England; Portsmouth, England; Normandy Beaches; Paris, France; Bastogne, Belgium; Berlin, Germany;

Category:  Europe

Duration11 days 10 nights

2019 Danube Waltz River Cruise with Eric Dowdle from 3,224
2019 Danube Waltz River Cruise with Eric Dowdle

DestinationPassau, Germany; Linz, Austria; Krems an der Donau, Austria; Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; Budapest, Hungary; Prague, Hungary;

Category:  Cruises

Duration9 days 8 nights

2019 Holy Land Tour with Ron Bartholomew from 2,490
2019 Holy Land Tour with Ron Bartholomew

DestinationCairo; Luxor; Tel Aviv; Caesarea; Capernaum;

Category:  Holy Lands

Duration12 days 11 nights

2019 LDS Church History Discovery Tour with Ken Peterson from 2,015
2019 LDS Church History Discovery Tour with Ken Peterson

DestinationPalmyra, NY; Harmony, PA; Niagara Falls, NY; Kirtland, OH; Independence, MO: Liberty, MO; Nauvoo, IL; St. Louis, MO;

Category:  LDS Church History Tours

Duration10 days 9 nights