Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.
—3 Nephi 5:13
John Bytheway was born and raised in Salt Lake City, and he served his mission in the Philippines. Following his mission he attended the University of Utah, and later graduated from BYU.
John has taught the Book of Mormon at Brigham Young University, and the BYU Salt Lake Center since 1996. In 2003, he earned a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. He is the author of more than two dozen books and CDs many of which, he says, are effective non-prescription sleep-aids.
He loves to golf, write, read, and play the banjo and guitar. John is a founding member of the local chapter of the Andy Griffith Show Re-run Watchers Club, and does a “spot-on” impersonation of Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife.
John was recently released as bishop of the Salt Lake Winder 10th Ward, and is now teaching Sunday School with his wife, Kim. John and Kim have six children and a completely full SUV which doubles in value when it’s full of gasoline.
Dallyn Vail Bayles
Originally from Green River, Utah, DALLYN VAIL BAYLES is a professional actor, singer and recording artist. Bro. Bayles understudied and performed the roles of the Phantom and Raoul in the national touring company of The Phantom of the Opera. He performed internationally and throughout the United States with the Broadway tour of Les Misérables. Bro. Bayles has also performed leading roles in numerous regional theater productions across the country. He portrays Hyrum Smith in the films Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration and Emma Smith: My Story, and can also be seen in three of the Liken the Scriptures series films. Bro. Bayles has been honored to perform as a soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at several events, including President Monson’s 85th birthday celebration, a RootsTech Conference with Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein, and the Deer Valley Concert Series with the Utah Symphony. He has also performed with the choir on several Music and the Spoken Word broadcasts. Other LDS Church credits include portraying Joseph Smith in the Nauvoo Pageant, Joseph the Carpenter in Savior of the World at the Conference Center Theater, and Alma Richards in Light of the World performed during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Bro. Bayles has recorded three solo albums and has songs featured in the movies 17 Miracles and Ephraim’s Rescue. In addition to his performing career, Bro. Bayles has worked as a director, adjunct faculty in theatre and music at BYU, and a full-time seminary teacher. He completed his MFA in Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory, and received his BFA in Music Dance Theatre from Brigham Young University. Bro. Bayles served as a missionary in the Australia Melbourne Mission. He and his wife, Rachel, were sealed in the Mount Timpanogos Temple and are the proud parents of five children.
Robert A. Holcombe was Born in Phoenix, Arizona and became a convert of the church when he turned 19. He left for a mission one year later and served in the England London East Mission. After his return he married Sherri Lea Evensen and had 5 children and later adopted a teenager to make 6. He has served as a Young Men’s President 3 times, a Stake Mission President, High Counselor, 2 Bishoprics including a Bishop for 8 years in his home ward, and Stake Athletic Director for 8 years. He is currently serving in the MTC in an ESL Branch Presidency. Brother Holcombe has worked for Brigham Young University in the Division of Continuing Education for the past 23 years and is currently the Director of Conferences & Workshops.