Gospel Ideals International, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in January 2007. The dream of flooding the Internet with gospel truths has been the vision of Larry Barkdull since 2004. The foundation was created to pursue this objective. Gospel Ideals International is an independent, non-profit foundation that supports, but is not affiliated with or endorsed or sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or any of its affiliated entities.
Gospel Ideals International seeks to promote, via the Internet and electronic media, the teachings, principles, tenets, culture and beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Gospel Ideals’ vision is to assist missionaries in spending more time teaching the gospel and less time searching for those to teach. Our goal is to introduce the gospel of Jesus Christ to a global audience and inspire them to take action by requesting gospel materials and missionary visits.
Larry Barkdull is the president of the foundation. He is a longtime businessman, writer, music composer, and publisher of books, music, art and magazines. He attended both Boise State University and Brigham Young University. For nine years, he owned Sonos Music Resources and published the Tabernacle Choir Performance Library. He was also the owner and publisher of Keepsake Books. Combined, he has published about 600 products for numerous authors, composers and artists.
Larry Barkdull is the author of twelve books—both fictional and doctrinal. His books are the recipients of various national awards, including The Benjamin Franklin Book Award, The American Family Book Award, and The Book of the Year Award from Foreword Magazine, the official publication of the Independent Book Publishers of America. His book, The Mourning Dove, has been published in four languages and has sold in excess of 200,000 copies, 65,000 copies in Japan alone. His works on the subject of Zion are perhaps the most voluminous of any LDS writer.
He founded two non-profit organizations to promote LDS arts and artists, and to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ on the Internet. He writes weekly articles for MeridianMagazine.com on the subjects of Rescuing Wayward Children and Becoming a Zion Person. He is a sought-after speaker and teacher. He and his wife, Buffie, have been married for nearly 40 years and have ten children and fifteen grandchildren. They live in Orem, Utah.
Paul H. Cook has over 15 years of senior management experience in 8 different industries and in varying corporate roles including; VP Business Development, SR.VP of Human Resources HR, VP International HR. He has done work in over 80 countries 40 states in the U.S. and has lived in the U.S., Europe and South America. Additionally his experience includes leading and directing his own Corporations and being the founder of three foundations and has been a member of various Boards of directors. He has also been significantly involved in 90 Mergers and acquisitions.
As a respected and valued executive at Novell for over twelve years, Paul has been honored as the highest ranked executive at Novell under Dr. Eric Schmidt, the “Sixth Man Award,” by Joe Marengi previous Sr. VP of Sales at Novell. Additionally he has received recognition worldwide for his Human Resources programs and initiatives such as Zero base analysis.
Paul received his BA in Communications and Public Relations from BYU, and his MS in Industrial Psychology – Management Development, from California State. He is the founder of A Childs Hope Foundation, Hope Humanitarian and Help Humanitarian. The three foundations’ focus on building and managing “Communities of Hope” which include orphanages, education, agricultural development and medical clinics that also serve the local communities where they are located. The first one of these was completed in Haiti in 2006.
During the last four years in addition to his own foundation Mr. Cook has also served in various roles in foundations such as Bountiful Resources and Gospel Ideals. He and his wife, Carolene, are the parents of seven children.
Kari Pike and her incredible husband of thirty-something years are the parents of nine children and grandparents to seventeen and counting. Kari freelances as a copywriter and anticipates graduating from Brigham Young University in August of 2013 after beginning there as a freshman 35 years ago. She is also a certified doula and childbirth educator. Kari has been a member of the American Night Writers Association for more than fifteen years and served as chapter and Executive Board presidents. She writes every other Thursday here.
The foundation’s primary strategic partners are:
- Mike Ebert—Webmaster: Alliance Web Marketing
- Amber Guthrie—Social Media Marketing Manager
- Sterling Green—Social media consultant
- Douglass Cole—Graphic artist
- Angela Eschler—Editing/publisher consultant