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Mark Ogletree

Associate Professor
Church History and Doctrine

270F JSB
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

Mark D. Ogletree is an associate visiting professor in the department of Church History andDoctrine. Mark taught for 21 years in the Church Educational System where he was a seminary teacher, seminary principal, institute instructor, institute director, and CES Coordinator. He receivedhis bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Development from Brigham Young University; his master’sdegree in Mental Health Counseling and Educational Psychology from Northern Arizona University, andhis Ph.D. in Family and Human Development from Utah State University. Before coming to BYU, Markowned and operated his own marriage and family therapy practice in McKinney, Texas. He has writtenseveral books on marriage and family related topics. Mark and his wife, Janie, have eight children andreside in Provo, Utah.

Courses Taught: LDS Marriage and Family Relations, Teachings of the Living Prophets, Doctrine &Covenants

Area of Expertise: Prophetic teachings on marriage and family issues, the Living Prophets and Apostles,Doctrine and Covenants and Church History

Areas of Research: The Presidents of the Church and their family lives; marriage, parenting, JosephSmith, Nauvoo, and the youth of the Church.

Research Interests

Marriage; parenting; preparing for marriage, fatherhood, 20th Century Church History, Joseph Smith; Living Prophets

Teaching Interests

LDS Marriage and Family; Teachings of the Living Prophets; Doctrine and Covenants; Book of Mormon, Presidents of the Church

Education

  • Family and Human Development, Marriage and Family Relations , Marriage and Family Therapy, institution ( 2000-01-01 - 2000-12-31 )
  • Master of Arts, Counseling , Psychology, institution ( 1994-01-01 - 1994-12-31 )
  • Master of Arts, Educational Psychology , Psychology; Family Science, Counseling, institution ( 1990-01-01 - 1990-12-31 )
  • Bachelor of Arts, Human Resource Development , institution ( 1987-01-01 - 1987-12-31 )

Licenses and Certifications

  • State of Utah, Licensed Professional Counselor

Honors and Awards

  • The Geri R & Douglas E. Brinley Award
  • The Harvey B. and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award

Memberships

  • Utah Council of Family Relations: ( - Present)
  • National Council of Family Relations: ( - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, National Council of Family Relations, 2017-01-01 - 2017-01-31 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Youth and Society Journal, 2012-03-01 - 2012-03-31 - Present

Courses Taught

2020

  • REL C 200 : Section 022
  • REL C 200 : Section 026
  • REL C 200 : Section 034
  • REL C 333 : Section 007
  • REL C 333 : Section 011
  • REL C 200 : Section 006
  • REL C 200 : Section 008
  • REL C 200 : Section 009
  • REL C 200 : Section 002
  • REL C 200 : Section 006
  • REL C 200 : Section 029
  • REL C 333 : Section 003
  • REL C 333 : Section 014

2019

  • REL C 200 : Section 031
  • REL C 200 : Section 005
  • REL C 200 : Section 010
  • REL C 200 : Section 032

2018

  • REL C 200 : Section 019
  • REL C 200 : Section 023
  • REL C 200 : Section 031
  • REL C 333 : Section 008
  • REL C 333 : Section 010
  • REL C 200 : Section 002
  • REL C 200 : Section 003
  • REL C 200 : Section 005
  • REL C 100 : Section 001
  • REL C 200 : Section 004
  • REL C 200 : Section 011
  • REL C 200 : Section 019
  • REL C 200 : Section 038

2017

  • REL C 200 : Section 018
  • REL C 200 : Section 021
  • REL C 200 : Section 030
  • REL C 333 : Section 006
  • REL C 333 : Section 008
  • REL C 200 : Section 004
  • REL C 200 : Section 009
  • REL C 200 : Section 025
  • REL C 333 : Section 006
  • REL C 333 : Section 008

2016

  • REL C 200 : Section 003
  • REL C 200 : Section 008
  • REL C 200 : Section 025
  • REL C 333 : Section 006
  • REL C 333 : Section 008
  • REL C 200 : Section 001
  • REL C 200 : Section 002
  • REL C 200 : Section 002
  • REL C 200 : Section 014
  • REL C 200 : Section 025
  • REL C 333 : Section 006
  • REL C 333 : Section 008

2015

  • REL C 200 : Section 002
  • REL C 200 : Section 008
  • REL C 200 : Section 009
  • REL C 200 : Section 024
  • REL C 333 : Section 007
  • REL C 333 : Section 009
  • REL C 234 : Section 001
  • REL C 234 : Section 002
  • REL C 234 : Section 003
  • REL C 234 : Section 009
  • REL C 234 : Section 011
  • REL C 234 : Section 012
  • REL C 333 : Section 009
  • REL C 333 : Section 012

2014

  • REL C 234 : Section 012
  • REL C 234 : Section 013
  • REL C 234 : Section 016
  • REL C 333 : Section 004
  • REL C 333 : Section 007
  • REL C 333 : Section 004
  • REL C 333 : Section 005
  • REL C 333 : Section 007
  • REL C 234 : Section 011
  • REL C 234 : Section 012
  • REL C 234 : Section 015
  • REL C 333 : Section 011
  • REL C 333 : Section 014

2013

  • REL C 234 : Section 012
  • REL C 234 : Section 013
  • REL C 234 : Section 015
  • REL C 333 : Section 009
  • REL C 333 : Section 013
  • REL C 333 : Section 004
  • REL C 234 : Section 013
  • REL C 234 : Section 014
  • REL C 234 : Section 017
  • REL C 333 : Section 017
  • REL C 333 : Section 018
  • REL C 333 : Section 019

2012

  • REL C 234 : Section 010
  • REL C 234 : Section 012
  • REL C 234 : Section 013
  • REL C 234 : Section 015
  • REL C 333 : Section 012
  • REL C 333 : Section 015
  • REL C 234 : Section 003
  • REL C 234 : Section 014
  • REL C 234 : Section 015
  • REL C 234 : Section 016
  • REL C 333 : Section 018

2011

  • REL C 234 : Section 011
  • REL C 234 : Section 015
  • REL C 234 : Section 018
  • REL C 333 : Section 008
  • REL C 333 : Section 015
  • REL C 234 : Section 001
  • REL C 234 : Section 002
  • REL C 234 : Section 003
  • REL C 234 : Section 004
  • REL C 234 : Section 013
  • REL C 234 : Section 014
  • REL C 234 : Section 015
  • REL C 325 : Section 035
  • REL C 333 : Section 010
  • REL C 333 : Section 017
  • REL C 333 : Section 018

2010

  • REL C 234 : Section 007
  • REL C 234 : Section 011
  • REL C 234 : Section 014
  • REL C 234 : Section 015
  • REL C 333 : Section 012
  • REL C 333 : Section 015

Publications

  • Ogletree MD. January (1st Quarter/Winter) 31, 2017. Preparing for Your Celestial Marriage. Stacey Owen, editor. Provo: Covenant Communications.
  • Ogletree MD. February 12, 2016. "That My Family Should Partake". 1st ed. Thomas A. Wayment, editor. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University.
  • Ogletree MD. December 19, 2014. Fathers and Their Adolescent Sons. Saarbruken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • Ogletree MD. January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2014. Tender Mercies and Thomas S Monson. 1st ed. Devan Jensen, editor. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University.
  • Ogletree MD. November 21, 2013. "The Fathering Practices of Joseph F Smith". Craig K. Manscill, Brian D. Reeves, Guy L. Dorius, & J.B. Haws, editors. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center & Deseret Book.
  • Ogletree MD, Brinley DE. August, 2013. Courageous Parenting. Jana Erickson, editor. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book.
  • Ogletree MD. June, 2012. Joseph Smith and the Spirit of Optimism. 2nd ed. Dana M. Pike, editor. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center.
  • Ogletree MD. March, 2012. Antecedents of the Male Adolescent Identity Crisis: Age, Grade, and Physical Development. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.
  • Ogletree MD. March, 2012. "Helping without Hovering". March 2012nd ed. Josh Perkey, editor. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Ogletree MD, Brinley DE. April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2005. Then Comes Marriage. American Fork, Utah: Covenant Communications.
  • Ogletree MD, Leavitt DH, Christensen RC. April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2003. Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: The Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book.
  • Ogletree MD. July (3rd Quarter/Summer), 2002. "Fathers and Their Adolescent Sons: Pubertal Development and Paternal Involvement". 4th ed. Gerald R. Adams, editor. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.
  • Ogletree MD, Wright RA, Claussen DS. April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2002. Sex, Religion, Media. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
  • Ogletree MD, Brinley DE. April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2001. First Comes Love. American Fork, Utah: Covenant Communications.
  • Ogletree MD, Black SE. March, 2001. We Believe in Christ. Victor W. Harris, editor. Orem, Utah: Granite.

Presentations

  • Ogletree MD, Dyer WJ. The Impact of Private Religious Practices on Adolescent Anxiety and Depression. National Council of Family Relations 2020 Annual Conference. The purpose of this study is to determine how private religious practices affect adolescent anxiety and depression Although there is a significant amount of research on adolescents and public religious behaviors, such as attending church services, a minimal amount of exploration has been devoted to the impact of private religious practices, such as personal prayer, scripture study, and mediation on anxiety and depression Our study will focus on adolescent members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints This study will focus on the following research questions: 1) how do private religious practices impact adolescent anxiety?, and 2) How do private religious practices impact adolescent depression?. November, 2020.
  • Ogletree MD, McCormick B, Dyer WJ. The Impact of Private Religious Practices on Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors of Adolescents. APA Division 36--Mid-Year Conference. Our purpose is to examine how private religious practices mediate Latter-day Saint internalizing behaviors, such as anxiety and depression, as well as externalizing behaviors, such as media time, sexual deviance, and other aggressive behaviors Although there is a significant amount of research on adolescents and religion, a minimal amount of exploration has been devoted to the impact of private religious practices on internalizing and externalizing behaviors—especially among Latter-day Saint Adolescents This study focuses on the following research questions: 1) Among Latter-day Saint adolescents, how does private religious worship affect anxiety and depressive symptoms, and 2) How does private religious worship influence social media use, sexual deviance, and other aggressive behaviors
    For example, regarding mental health, many studies have determined that mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression are associated with religion and spirituality The findings indicate that religion is positively associated with mental health disorders in adolescents and is a significant predictor of lower levels of depression (Sanders, Allen, Fischer, Richards, Morgan & Potts, 2015)
    Participants in this study are from Wave 1 and Wave 2 of the Family Foundations of Youth Development Project This study has a primary emphasis on faith development for youth in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) with a comparison group of those from other faiths and no religious affiliation
    Preliminary results suggest that there are both positive and negative relationships with these variables Data and results will be presented at the conference










    . March, 2020.
  • Ogletree MD. "One Dirty Little Irish Kid". Texas Ft Worth Mission Devotional. I was asked to speak to the Ft Worth Mission during the Corona virus outbreak This devotional was done over Zoom. March, 2020.
  • Ogletree MD. Strengthening Marriage. Great Falls Montana Brigham Young University. I spoke on about 5 ways to strengthen marriage relationships, and did a marriage workshop as well. February, 2020.
  • Ogletree MD. "Meeting the Nelsons". Linden Utah Stake. This presentation was a behind the scenes look at the Nelson Family--from our book on President Nelson. February, 2020.
  • Ogletree MDD, Woods FE, Moffat R. Temple Work and Family Histories in Tonga through 1983. Mormon Pacific Historical Society. My portion of the presentation focuses on the Saints in Tonga and their excursions to the Temple in New Zealand. November, 2019.
  • Ogletree MD, McCormick B. The Impact of Verbal Hostility and Family Religious Practices on Adolescent Negative Religious Coping. National Council of Family Relations Conference. Our purpose is to examine how parental verbal hostility and family religious practices affect negative religious coping, often referred to as feelings of “abandonment by God,” among LDS adolescents Although there is a significant amount of research on adolescents and religion, a minimal amount of exploration has been devoted to the impact of negative religious coping and its influence on mental health, especially among Latter-day Saint adolescents This study focuses on the following research questions: 1) how does a parents verbal hostility affect feelings of abandonment by God? 2) How do family religious practices affect feelings of abandonment by God? . November, 2019.
  • Ogletree MDD, Dyer WJ, McCormick B. The impact of verbal hostility and family religious practices on adolescent negative religious coping. National Council on Family Relations. November, 2019.
  • Ogletree M. Alma as an Intentional Father. 48th Annual Brigham Young University Sidney B Sperry Symposium. This presentation focuses on Alma as a father, and the specific, customized counsel he gave to each of his sons. October, 2019.
  • Ogletree MD. Gospel Interventions for Fear. Indianapolis BYU Chapter. This presentations focuses on how our fears can be overcome by focusing on the gospel of Jesus Christ and key principles. October, 2019.
  • Ogletree MD. Tackling Trauma. Mothers of Children with Cancer. This presentation focused on helping mothers who have experienced trauma because of their childrens cancer Some of these mothers have lost their child, others have just come out of treatment This presentation focused on helping them to nurture themselves. October, 2019.
  • Ogletree MD. "Ezra Taft Benson, His Family, and Their Influence on Washington DC and Beyond". Brigham Young University Church History Symposium. This presentation was focused on highlighting the Benson Family and their influence in the Nation's Capital . June, 2019.
  • Goodman M, Dyer WJ, Ogletree MD, Longitudinal Relational Research--Lessons Learned from the Family Foundations of Youth Development Project. Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. This was a review of our research findings for the past two years. April, 2019.
  • Ogletree MD. Overcoming Fear with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. BYU Alumni Association--El Paso Texas Chapter. March, 2019.
  • Hardy SA, Goodman MA, Dyer WJ, Ogletree MD. Religion, sexual orientation, and adolescent suicide. Society for Research in Child Development. March, 2019.
  • Ogletree MD. Overcoming the Natural Man. BYU Alumni Association--Fresno California Chapter. February, 2019.
  • Ogletree MD. Teaching Teens to Have Grit. BYU Alumni Association--Omaha Nebraska Chapter. February, 2019.
  • Ogletree MD, Dyer WJ, Olalere D, McCormick B, Petersen M. The Impact of Negative Religious Coping on LDS Mental Health. National Council of Family Relations. November, 2018.
  • Ogletree M. What Christ Thinks of Me. BYU Women's Conference. May, 2018.
  • Ogletree MD. Raising Resilient Children. BYU Alumni Fireside. Presentation focused on how to raise resilient children. April, 2018.
  • Dyer J, Goodman MA, Ogletree MD. Mental Health and LDS Youth. Friday Faculty Forum. This presentation was to the Religion Faculty at BYU Justin, Mike, and I shared our findings from the Foundations of Faith Research project, highlighting mental health among LDS adolescents. April, 2018.
  • Ogletree MD. Wimp Free Parenting. Las Vegas Red Rock Stake Fireside. April, 2018.
  • Ogletree MD, Dyer J, McCormick B, Olalere D, The Impact of Negative Religious Coping on LDS Adolescent Mental Health. Mary Lou Fulton. Our purpose is to examine how negative religious coping, often referred to as feelings of "abandonment by God,” affect Latter-day Saint adolescents—especially in terms of anxiety and depression Although there is a significant amount of research on adolescents and religion, a minimal amount of exploration has been devoted to the impact of negative religious coping and its influence on mental health, especially among Latter-day Saint adolescents This study focuses on the following research questions: 1) how do parenting styles affect feelings of abandonment by God? In addition, 2) how do feelings of abandonment by God affect anxiety and depression?. April, 2018.
  • Ogletree MD, Dyer WJ, Baker H, Peterson M. "The Impact of Negative Religious Coping on LDS Adolescent Mental Health". UTCFR Annual Conference. Our purpose is to examine how parenting styles affect mental health and negative religious coping, often referred to as feelings of “abandonment by God,” in Latter-day Saint adolescents Although there is a significant amount of research on how parenting styles affect mental health like anxiety and depression in adolescents, a minimal amount of exploration has been devoted to the impact of negative religious coping and its influence on mental health, especially among Latter-day Saint adolescents Our study has the potential to shed light on this seldom-researched area This study focuses on the following research questions: 1) How does a mother’s parenting styles affect her sons and daughters mental health? (Anxiety and depression) 2) How does a father’s parenting styles affect his sons and daughters mental health? (Anxiety and depression) 3) How do parenting styles affect feelings of abandonment by God?. March, 2018.
  • Ogletree MD. Building Christlike Relationships. BYU Alumni Fireside. February, 2018.
  • Ogletree MD. Wimp Free Parenting. BYU Alumni Fireside. Tools to help parents be stronger and raise the expectations of their children. January, 2018.
  • Kinneard C. Depression, Religiosity, and Parenting Styles among LDS Youth. National Council of Family Relations. This was a paper and presentation, based off of our sample of over 500 parents and young teens regarding how depression symptoms can be alleviated by daily spiritual experiences and warm parenting styles. November, 2017.
  • Goodman M, Dyer WJ, Ogletree M, Hemmelgarn E, Baker H. How Does Religion Impact Positive Adolescent Outcomes. National Council on Family Relations. November, 2017.
  • Ogletree MD. Wimp Free Parenting. BYU Alumni Fireside. This presentation focused on the Igen generation, and identified tools parents can use to help their children reach their potential and overcome natural man tendencies. October, 2017.
  • Ogletree MD. David O McKay and Fatherhood. LDS Family Life Conference. This presentation was to Highlight David O McKay as a Father, using the 8 Fatherhood Strengths postulated by Dollahite, Hawkins, and Brotherson. September, 2017.
  • Kinneard C. Depression, Religiosity, and Parenting Styles Among Young LDS Adolescents. Mary Lou Fulton Conference. Our study focused on 493 adolescents in Utah We measured variables such as depression, religiosity, and parental warmth and connection Our findings included, 1) Daily religious experiences were negatively associated with depression, 2) negative religious coping was positively associated with depression, and 3) Parental warmth was negatively associated with girls depression. April, 2017.
  • Ogletree MD. "Becoming Your Family's MVP". KINnect You. KINnect You was a conference that drew over 4,000 youth from around the State of Utah I spoke of the role that youth can play in their families today. March, 2017.
  • Ogletree MD. Wimp Free Parenting. BYU Alumni Association--Parenting Conference. This lecture provides parents with the tools needed to be courageous in their parenting. February, 2017.
  • Goodman MA, Dyer J, Ogletree MD. Intergenerational Transmission of Religion and Family Well-Being. Families and Human Rights: Promise and Vulnerability in the 21st Century. November, 2016.
  • Ogletree MD. Emile C Dunn and the Tongan Mission: 1936-1950. Celebrating 100 Years of the Tongan Mission. Emile C Dunn was the Mission President in Tonga for over 15 years and had many incredible experiences that shaped the destiny of the Church in Tonga. October, 2016.
  • Pierce T. The Benefits of Sports in the Lives of American Teens. Utah Council of Family Relations. This presentation highlights the benefits of sports participation for both males and females Research shows that when teens participate in sports, their overall well being in enhanced They do better emotionally, socially, physically, and academically. April, 2016.
  • Ogletree MD. The Benefits of Sports in the Lives of Boys. Southeastern Council on Family Relations. The paper documents the value of sports in the lives of boys across many different variables, from academic achievement to leadership development. March, 2016.
  • Ogletree MD. Using Wholesome Recreation to Build Strong Families. Southeastern Council on Family Relations. This paper was a review that highlighted the benefits of recreation in the lives of American Families. March, 2016.
  • Ogletree MD. Raising an Army of Helaman's Warriors. Education Week 2013. This presentation focused on how parents can teach and influence their children to work, to develop spiritual attributes, and to become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. August, 2013.
  • Ogletree MD. Know Them That Labor Among You. Education Week 2012. I gave 15 presentations on the life and teaching of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. August, 2012.
  • Ogletree MD. Healing the Time Starved Marriage. Education Week 2013. I gave four presentations on how to heal and help LDS marriages that are "time-starved" This presentation came from an article I published. August, 2012.
  • Ogletree MD. The Fathering Practices of Joseph F Smith. BYU Church History Symposium: President Joseph F Smith. Joseph F Smith was an extremely busy man, yet, he found a way to make his family his greatest priority He was a father who spent time with his children; he nutured them, he disciplined them with love, and he sacrificed much of his time to be a family man. February, 2012.
  • Ogletree MD. For the Strength of Parents. Education Week. August, 2011.
  • Ogletree MD. Know Them That Labor Among You. Education Week. August, 2011.
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