Donna Burkhalter Nielsen was born and raised in Daytona Beach Florida and is a graduate of Brigham Young University. She and her husband, Sherm, are the parents of five children and live in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been the education specialist for the Shakespeare Fellowship at BYU for the past 15 years and was a keynote speaker for The Shakespeare Education Conference. Donna has served as Stake Primary President, gospel doctrine teacher, and has been a presenter at BYU Education Week for the last nine years. She has also spoken at BYU’s Women’s Conference and was a historical consultant for the play Savior of the World, performed at the Conference Center of the Church and around the world. She spent over a decade combing through ancient and modern documentation of Jewish marriage and covenant traditions.
Donna spent many years studying various aspects of ancient and modern Jewish marriage practices relating to a better understanding of the scriptural title “The Bridegroom,” given to Jesus Christ. Her profound knowledge of Biblical marriage traditions and covenants encompasses principles as diverse as Sabbath observance, the Atonement, temple worship, and missionary work. It literally begins with Adam and ends with ‘Zion.’ She will be presenting aspects of her many years of research on the subject through introduction to her published work on the subject titled “Beloved Bridegroom: Finding Christ in Ancient Jewish Marriage and Family Customs,” now in its 10th printing