The Mountain West Center for Regional Studies at Utah State University is preparing two workshop and seminar sessions.

The first looks at northern Utah natives who became important figures in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including current President Ezra Taft Benson.The second workshop deals with writing biography. Both sessions are open to the public, according to Shannon R. Hoskins, associate director of the Mountain West Center.

"Cache Valley Heritage" is held May 4 with sessions beginning at 9 a.m. in the Eccles Conference Center on the USU campus.

The workshop keynote speaker is Elder Russell M. Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who will discuss his grandfather Melvin J. Ballard, a former church apostle.

Anyone interested in "Cache Valley Heritage" should call (801) 750-3630.

The Evans Biography Workshop is June 24-28 on the USU campus.

Workshop sessions include "Biography as High Adventure," "Writing Family History" and "Asking the Important Questions."