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Episode #145

Hank Smith
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Best-Selling LDS Author, Speaker, & BYU Professor Shares How He's Been Able To Create Such A Happy & Fulfilling Life

Guest Bio:

Hank R. Smith grew up in St. George, Utah.  He received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Dixie State University (2002), his MBA (2005) from Utah State University, and his Ph.D in Educational Leadership (2014) from Brigham Young University.  His studies focused on the development of high trust educational organizations and their impact on student achievement. Prior to joining the religion faculty at BYU he worked for fourteen years with Seminaries and Institutes of Religion as an instructor. He loves to teach from the scriptures, especially to the youth and young adults of the Church. He also enjoys consulting work with school districts and corporations centered on creating a high trust culture. He has addressed audiences in almost every state through seminars and keynote speaking engagements. His outside interests include marathons, history books, and hiking with his family.  He and his incredible wife, Sara, are the parents of five children and reside in Mapleton, Utah.


Show Notes


  • Introduction (1:41)

  • Using social media as a positive support system (2:56)

  • Being a guide in places like Jerusalem (4:02)

  • Becoming a seminary teacher to a BYU Professor (8:59)

  • Book "Be Happy" with showing people he cares (11:10)

  • Implementing simple principles and becoming a speaker (16:05)

  • The power of listening (24:35)

  • Utah culture and bridging the gap (41:28)

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