Kenneth R. Mays

Kenny Mays is a retired instructor in the Church’s Department of Seminaries and Institutes (S&I). He began his teaching experience as an early morning seminary teacher while working for Procter & Gamble in Minneapolis, MN. Since that beginning, Kenny served as a full-time seminary teacher, seminary principal, CES coordinator, instructional designer, and institute teacher. Before retiring, his last assignments were at the Salt Lake University Institute adjacent to the University of Utah and LDS Business College, now Ensign College.

After high school and a mission to the Italy North Mission, his formal education included degrees in organizational communication from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. His personal interests have focused on Book of Mormon studies and photographing sites from various periods of Church history.

Kenny has contributed historical images to dozens of books, magazines, journals, historical DVDs, the Church News, several new books, Pioneer magazine, Latter-day Saint Historical Studies, BYU Studies, and signage of the National Park Service. For ten years Kenny authored the “Picturing History” feature in the Mormon Times section of the Deseret News, providing images of and commentary about Church historic sites. Many of his images can be found at