Douglas D. Alder earned degrees in history, political science, and German and a PhD in modern European history. He taught history at Utah State University before becoming president of Dixie College in St. George. He was president of the Mormon History Association and continues to teach and write history. He served as a counselor in the presidency of the St. George Utah Temple, and his wife, Elaine, as an assistant to the matron. Brother Alder serves as a sealer in the St. George Utah Temple.