Brian K. Kelly

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Brian Kermit Kelly oversaw three publications of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was the managing editor of the New Era magazine, the Ensign magazine, and worked for a number of years directing the international magazine, which eventually grew into the Liahona magazine. He wrote numerous articles, and coauthored Latter-day History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his wife Petrea Kelly.

He and Petrea served from 1998 to 2001 as mission president and companion in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also served a full-time mission as a young man in the North Island, New Zealand Mission (1961–1963).

He was born on November 18, 1940, in Salt Lake City, Utah. After his graduation from Orem High School, he obtained a degree from Brigham Young University in 1966.

He was also well known for his affection for hot air ballooning and for more than 30 years his Bank of American Fork balloon could be seen floating above neighborhoods.

After the passing of his wife Petrea in 2015, he married Sheila Valgardson in 2016. He passed away unexpectedly on December 11, 2020. He was the father of ten children.