Kay is a graduate of Brigham Young University. He holds degrees in Historic Archaeology and Anthropology as well as Law Enforcement and Justice Administration.
He has studied and researched the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith for over 35 years. He has done extensive on-site research in New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri. He has spoken to the issue of the Trials of the Prophet Joseph at numerous symposiums in Nauvoo, Il. and Independence, Mo. He has edited books for various authors on the historical accuracy of materials pertaining to Joseph Smith. Kay has served on numerous boards and foundations such as: Ancient American Archaeology, Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundation, the Foundation for Indigenous Research and Mormonism and the Nauvoo Historical Society.
The Author and Lecturer
Kay lectures regularly to zones of full-time missionaries on the topic of modern-day restoration, most recently speaking to the missionaries and investigators of the Oklahoma Tulsa Mission. He has conducted firesides from Calgary, Canada to Fort Smith, Arkansas.
He has authored a comprehensive four-part presentation detailing the life of Joseph Smith. This history is entitled: Following the Footsteps of Joseph. It is available in a three disk DVD set, produced through Digital Memorys of Kaysville, Utah. Kays material has been requested by such institutions as Oberlin College Archives, (Oberlin, Ohio) to be filed with the Spaulding Manuscript documents, Brigham Young University, in celebration of the bi-centennial celebration of Joseph Smiths birth and the Joseph Smith Memorial Site, (Sharon, Vermont) as a teaching tool for new missionary couples.
The Tour Director & Boy Scout Leader
Kay has been conducting domestic Church History tours for Morris Murdock since 1995. He also takes groups to Israel and European destinations. He speaks Hebrew and his wife is fluent in French.
Currently Kay serves as Director of Public Relations for the Great Salt Lake Council, Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife, Debra, live in Kaysville, Utah and are the parents of five children. Kay is dedicated to sharing his knowledge, research and testimony to groups of all ages. If you would like to schedule Kay as a speaker or have questions regarding one of Kay's tours please contact him here.
Thank you for giving us such an amazing historian to learn from and guide us. I have never had such an amazing experience on tour. Kay was the best and he has been such a blessing in our lives. I will never forget this trip and all the amazing places we saw and the amazing things we learned. Thank you again and I know we will be traveling with you again. Kim Jensen/Park City, UT
What an amazing two weeks! Kay Godfrey is the best!
Even though I am completely exhausted I am so grateful for this wonderful experience! Becky McBride/Plain City, UT