Serving a mission in the heart of Africa, DR Congo with Jeff Bradshaw

November 8, 2018

Jeff was a missionary in France and Belgium from 1975–1977, and his family has returned twice to live in France: once from 1993–1994 as a Fulbright Scholar and a second time from 2005–2006 as an unexpected “sabbatical” in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan. Jeff has served twice as a bishop and twice as a counselor in the stake presidency of the Pensacola Florida Stake. He and his wife, Kathleen, are the parents of four children and twelve grandchildren. In June 2018, they completed two years of service in the Democratic Republic of Congo Kinshasa Mission.

Jeff Bradshaw is a scholar and a well published author. His books can be found at (see below for additional links and bibliography).

In this episode we mentioned a presentation that Jeff Bradshaw that was given on his mission to DR Congo at the FairMormon Conference in August 2018. We strongly encourage you to watch the video presented here:

Here is a playlist of Dr Jeffrey Bradshaw’s playlist of other personal reflections on his missionary service.


Full Bio: Dr. Jeffrey Bradshaw

JEFFREY M. BRADSHAW (PhD, Cognitive Science, University of Washington) is a Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) in Pensacola, Florida (; His professional writings have explored a wide range of topics in human and machine intelligence (

Jeff has been the recipient of several awards and patents and has been an adviser for initiatives in science, defense, space, industry, and academia worldwide. He chairs the Scientific Advisory Council for the Nissan Research Center—Silicon Valley and is a former co-editor of the Human-Centered Computing Department for IEEE Intelligent Systems. He was a member of the Defense Science Board 2015 Study on Autonomy, the Board on Global Science and Technology for the National Academies of Science, and the National Research Council Committee on Emerging Cognitive Neuroscience Research.

Jeff serves as a vice president for The Interpreter Foundation and is on the Advisory Board for the Academy for Temple Studies. He has lectured for FairMormon in the US, Germany, and France, and is an organizer of the Interpreter Science and Mormonism Symposium Series. Jeff has written a detailed commentary on the first five chapters of the book of Moses (Creation, Fall, and the Story of Adam and Eve. In God’s Image and Likeness 1, Eborn Books, 2010 (updated edition 2014)), and, with David J. Larsen, has published a second volume entitled Enoch, Noah, and the Tower of Babel. In God’s Image and Likeness 2 (Eborn Books, 2014). Other books on LDS scripture include Temple Themes in the Book of Moses (Eborn Books, 2010 (updated edition 2014)), Temple Themes in the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood(Eborn Books, 2012 (updated edition 2014)), and Temple Themes in the Symbols of the Priesthood (forthcoming).

Jeff has lectured at BYU Campus Education Week and the Sidney B. Sperry Symposium. He has also presented at FairMormon meetings in the United States, Germany, and France. His articles on temple studies and the ancient Near East have appeared in Studies in the Bible and Antiquity, Element: A Journal of Mormon Philosophy and Theology, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, Meridian Magazine, and BYU Studies. He is a vice president of The Interpreter Foundation ( and maintains a blog entitled “Temple Themes in the Scriptures” (


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