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Brother J. Devn Cornish served in the Guatemala-El Salvador Mission as a young man.  He married Elaine Simmons in the Manti Utah Temple.  The Cornishes have six children and 30 living grandchildren.

He was a student at BYU but transferred after his sophomore year to Johns Hopkins University where he received both his BA and MD degrees.  He then completed his pediatric residency at the Boston Children’s Hospital at Harvard University and his fellowship in newborn intensive care medicine (“neonatology”) with the US Air Force. 


Bro. Cornish spent most of his career as a medical school professor at the University of California San Diego and at Emory University practicing and teaching neonatology, doing research, helping to invent and introduce advanced techniques for saving high risk babies (including ECMO and high frequency ventilation), and occupying a number of senior leadership positions including professor and chairman of the Department of

Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.  He has served in the Church in a wide variety of callings including bishop, stake president, president of the Dominican Republic Santiago Mission, area seventy, and general authority. 


In June of 2019, Sis. Elaine Cornish passed away from a rare form of liver cancer.  In May of 2021, Elder Cornish was blessed to marry Sis. Rosanne Brown.  Sis. Brown is from Salt Lake City.  She taught 3rd grade students in the area for 36 years and has served as a leader in Church organizations on both ward and stake levels. 


Bro. Cornish has spent much of his adult life teaching medical students, residents, missionaries, and other young adults and loves to be with and teach institute students.

Fall 2023 Class Schedule

  •  “Jesus Christ and His Everlasting Gospel”  | Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm

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