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Location: Weston, Florida, United States

Obtained a bachelor's degree in political science, a master's in ancient scripture, and a doctorate in educational psychology from BYU. Served with the LDS Church Educational System in Hayward and Palo Alto, California; Athens, Georgia; and Miami, Florida. Served as bishop in Newark, California, and Athens, Georgia, and as stake president of the Sugar Hill Georgia Stake. Served as president of the Mexico City North Mission 1996-99. After retiring from CES in 2004 have served four other missions with my wife: As CES area director in Central America 2004-2006; in Panama 2007-2009; again in Guatemala 2009-2011, this time as executive secretary to the Central America Area Presidency; and finally as a counselor in the Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple presidency, 2013-2014. After returning home, we served in the presidency of the Fort Lauderdale Temple from 2014-2017 and continue to serve as sealer and ordinance worker, respectively. Feel free to email us at, and please check out our new website at

Thursday, January 10, 2008

December 24, 2007, to January 11, 2008

Virginia heard a loud noise in the hallway between our house and the neighbor's a couple of days ago, but only after I found I had no hot water in the shower the next morning did we discover what it was. Our wall-mounted water heater had not been installed well by the people who installed it for us, and it came crashing down. We found it hanging upside down by the gas line and water line. Some of the wires inside were burnt. We consider it a blessing that the fall of the 30-40 lb water heater didn't break the gas line, which with the fire going in the heater might have caused an explosion or fire--at least for all we know it could have. We'll shower for another day or two without hot water and see if we can get someone out early next week to reinstall it--ideally under the guarantee, if it still applies, but without the guarantee if necessary.

Missionaries of the Alcalde Diaz zone and senior couples from the office at activity honoring the Sibleys (office couple) who were leaving, the Coxes (office couple) who just arrived, and elders Smith, Page, and Lui who were finishing their missions.

A little girl put her parasol over her sleeping dog at an outside meeting we were having at her house.

Virginia on street in Villa Grecia just before sunset.

Outside meeting where we showed a video to a couple, a couple of their children, and various neighborhood children who congregated to see what was going on. We are sitting right on the path that goes up the hill from the main road to these somewhat isolated houses. There is a deep ravine with lush tropical vegetation just to the right of the picture. The investigators' humble home is on the left, but it's cooler outside, and there wouldn't have been room for all of us inside anyway.

Welcome treat at ice cream shop in between visits.

Merry missionaries on Christmas Eve wearing leis of wrapped hard candy given to us by the young missionaries.


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