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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

Sunday, February 03, 2008

February 3, 2008

We got to work for the first time this evening with the elders who serve two days per week in the new little branch of Kuna Nega, a Kuna Indian community three miles up the road from where we live. Though they are part of the San Isidro Stake, he mission president had asked that we include them in our rotation along with six branches from the Alcalde Diaz District that we were already working with. After leaving the main road, we drove over a typically rough and sometimes steep dirt road, crossed a stream (no bridge), and arrived at the branch president's house, where we showed The Testaments to a group of 28 members and friends. (They had only 18 in sacrament meeting earlier in the day.) The following photos show you the surroundings. It was darker, of course, for most of the film, and was actually a bit darker than it looks in the picture when we started. We kept an eye on a brush fire not too far off that sent flames and smoke into the air, but the wind moved it away rather than toward where we were, and soon firemen were on hand to see what they could do about it. As many as six lizards at a time kept scampering across the "screen" (outside wall of the house), enjoying the attention they were getting--or the better light with which to catch bugs. We've included a somewhat fuzzy photo of two of them. Following the literal "fireside," we were fed some yummy chicken and rice and punch for refreshments.


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