Ross Baron

Ross Baron

College of Education & Human Development Associate Dean

Ross Baron was born and raised in Southern California and joined the Church at the age of 18. He began his full-time missionary service in the Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission and later the newly created Argentina Bahia Blanca Mission. When he returned home, he met, fell in love with, and married Kathleen Ann Bolton in the Los Angeles Temple. They have five sons, two daughters, and eighteen grandchildren.

Brother Baron received his bachelor's degree from BYU in finance, and his master's and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in religion and social ethics.   

Brother Baron was involved in business and entrepreneurship before he began work as a full-time Institute Director CES Coordinator in Southern California.  He came to teach at BYU-Idaho in the summer of 2005.  

He has served in the Church as a gospel doctrine teacher, young men's president, stake mission president, bishop, and stake president. He and his wife currently teach the Family Relations class in their ward.  

He has spoken about and defended the Church at firesides, on the radio and the History Channel, and at Christian colleges and universities.  Additionally, he has played the drums in several bands, and has been a contestant on The Price is Right, the U.S. Open Chess Tournament, and the "Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon."


Spiritual Preparation

Pre-devotional Discussion:

The revelation known as section 4 of the Doctrine and Covenants was given in February of 1829, over a full year before the church was formally organized upon the earth. As you know the first verse states: "Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men" (D&C 4:1). It is fascinating that the Lord called the work "marvelous." He could have just said, "Now behold, a work is about to come forth among the children of men," or perhaps, an "important" work, an "interesting" work, or maybe even a "difficult" work. 

On the discussion board, share some of the many possible reasons you think that the work to come forth was described as "marvelous"?