S. Michael Wilcox: Mormon Author
S. Michael Wilcox is an author and speaker on aspects of the gospel of Jesus Christ, as found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is a retired instructor with the Church Education System, having taught classes at the institute of religion adjacent to the University of Utah.
Wilcox earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature from Brigham Young University. He received his master’s degree in media from the University of Arizona and his PhD in educational philosophy at the University of Colorado where he was the institute director. He taught seminary and institute in Arizona and Colorado. He has authored numerous books, including Walking on Water and Other Classic Messages, Finding Hope: Where to Look for God’s Help, House of Glory: Finding Personal Meaning in the Temple, 10 Great Souls I Want to Meet in Heaven, Don’t Leap With the Sheep, What the Scriptures Teach Us About Prosperity, What the Scriptures Teach Us About Adversity, and Face to Face: Seeking a Personal Relationship with God. Many of his talks are available on CD, such as “Of Lions, Dragons, and Turkish Delight,” “When All Eternity Shook: Finding Hope and Healing in the Savior’s Sacrifice,” and “The Fourth Watch: Receiving Divine Help When Your Prayers Seem Unanswered.” He is a sought-after speaker at BYU Education Week and Time Out for Women. He leads LDS tours to the Holy Land, Church historic sites, Europe, China, and Central and South America.
He and his wife, Laura, are the parents of five children. She passed away at the end of 2010 after battling cancer. He carried a little black notebook with him during her final months. The experiences surrounding this time period and the lessons he was taught led him to write Sunset: On the Passing of Those We Love.