Forest Gahn

Forest Gahn

Geology Faculty Member

Forest Gahn was born in Iowa and was baptized as an 8-year-old convert on the same day as his parents.  He met his wife, Amy, their freshman year at Ricks College and proposed to her in the Romney building over a candle-lit dinner in the observatory after Amy's first look at the heavens through a telescope.  They have been married for 22 years, and are the parents of one son.

Brother Gahn attended Ricks College, BYU, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Michigan, where he earned his PhD.  All of his degrees are in geology with an emphasis in marine invertebrate paleontology. Shortly after coming to be on the faculty at BYU-Idaho in 2003, he took a two year leave of absence to work at the Smithsonian Institute.

Brother Gahn served in the Mexico City North Mission and has served in the primary, and Sunday School, and as a scoutmaster, ward mission leader, and early morning seminary teacher.  He is currently a counselor in the Elder's quorum presidency of his ward.


Spiritual Preparation

Pre-devotional Discussion:

During his "Sermon on the Mount", Christ taught the following (Matthew 6: 19-20):

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal."

In your opinion, what are "treasures in heaven"? What are your most cherished treasures of heaven, and why are they so important to you? Share your thoughts to these questions on the discussion board.