The semester draws to a close as BYU welcomes Elder Bruce D. Porter to address students for the semester’s final devotional.
Elder Porter is a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and is currently the director of the Correlation Department of the Church. He has served in various capacities throughout his church service as a General Authority, which began in 1995.
As a young missionary in the 1970s, Elder Porter served in the Germany Central Mission, during turbulent times for the country. Following his return from Germany, Elder Porter decided to pursue a degree studying Russian Affairs.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Elder Porter continued his studies at Harvard, where he earned his doctorate. Porter then worked for the United States Senate and Armed Service Committee as well as the U.S. Board for International Broadcasting. He later accepted a position as a professor of political science at BYU. He is also noted for his analyst work at Northorp and research fellowship at Harvard.
Since his call in 1995, Porter has served as a member of the Europe East Area and Salt Lake Area presidencies. He has also worked on the Middle East desk.
He and his wife, Susan Elizabeth Porter,
are the parents of four children and have nine grandchildren.