Welcoming Guest Blogger: Kent White

February 25, 2009    By: Jacob J @ 6:42 pm   Category: The Thang

Kent (MC) is the online moniker of Kent White, the creator of MormonConferences.org (hence the “MC”). He also created and maintains the sites smpt.org (The Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology) and BlakeOstler.com.

While serving a mission in Mexico, Kent happened to read Hugh Nibley’s “Approaching Zion,” which changed his life forever. As a result of Nibley, Kent took a Hebrew class and ended up graduating from BYU in 2000 with a degree in Near Eastern Studies and a minor in Spanish (though his Hebrew is now in pretty sad shape). He thought he would teach seminary until he realized that he hated kids. He now has five children with his wife of nearly twelve years and works for a charitable organization that helps children. He cites as those authors who have been the greatest influences in shaping his current world-view (in addition to the prophets): Hugh Nibley, Orson Scott Card, Terry Warner, and Blake Ostler.

His interests include: His wife and five children, organizational development & business management, philosophy, comparative religion, Mormon Studies, humanitarian efforts, politics, history, popular culture, music (don’t even get him started), camping, literature, sports (playing and being a spectator), and playing the tuba.

Kent has been commenting at NCT for a long time. I had the chance to meet him in real life at last year’s FAIR conference and he is a super nice guy with lots to share. I’m looking forward to his posts.


  1. He thought he would teach seminary until he realized that he hated kids.

    Har! Great line.

    Welcome Kent!

    Comment by Geoff J — February 25, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

  2. Reading something other than the missionary library during the mission? For shame.

    Comment by Scott — February 25, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

  3. Very exciting!


    Comment by The Yellow Dart — February 25, 2009 @ 7:55 pm

  4. I like being his first interest–or at least second or third only to books and music. Third’s pretty good.

    Comment by Mary White — February 25, 2009 @ 9:45 pm

  5. Hold on.

    He hates kids. And now has five children and works for a charitable organization that helps kids?

    I guess God works in mysterious ways….

    Comment by Eric Nielson — February 26, 2009 @ 6:40 am

  6. Kent: Welcome! I owe you more thanks than just thanx! I’m looking forward to your posts.

    Comment by Blake — February 26, 2009 @ 8:12 am

  7. Hated kids, past tense. I’m wondering if it was a good idea to let my wife know about this new endeavor, but she knows me and loves me anyway. I just can’t wait for her to set me straight in a public forum.

    Thanks for the welcome!

    Comment by Kent (MC) — February 26, 2009 @ 8:43 am