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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

Monday, March 31, 2008

March 31, 2008 Trip to Portobelo

Portobelo (originally "Puerto Bello") was named by Christopher Columbus on his first visit here in 1502. It is described as "a modest seaside village made of clapboard homes built around and among the ruins of what was one of Spain's richest and liveliest ports from the mid-16th to early 18th century." "The village, squeezed tightly between thick jungle and the blue Caribbean Sea, is less than an hour from Colon, and it's a very popular destination on the Central Caribbean Coast for day excursions.... This historical site was once the scene of the famous Portobelo fairs that took place for 2 centuries, when Spain's plundered gold and silver from South America passed through here." We went with Elder and Sister Cox. We took a boat ride up a river to look for wildlife, and though we didn't see much wildlife, it was a pleasant ride. We walked around the "Black Christ" Church, the old Spanish fort designed to protect the area (not always successfully)from pirates, and walked around some nearby beaches, finding sand dollars and watching pelicans. It was a good day. Here are some photos for those of you who may not have the chance to come down. Click on any you wish to see enlarged. Village of Portobelo seen from the bay. Boat ride up the river with the Coxes. Scenery on boat ride Dugout canoe on river bank
Virginia at Spanish fort Don with the "Black Christ" church in the background Old Spanish customs house. Note greenery growing on roof. Note vulture on wall.
The "Black Christ" inside the "Black Christ Church." Less than luxurious bathrooms behind the Black Christ Church. This is the ladies' room, with a broken door and a male cleaning attendant inside, though the ladies were in a part he had already cleaned. Kuna molas (embroidered cloths) for sale. More Pretty towels, of which we bought two. Pelicans on perch Sand dollar, a smaller one which must be known as a "sand nickel," and a clear rock (or sand-polished piece of glass?) roughly in the shape of New York. We figure that if a couple could sell a corn flake in the shape of Illinois on Ebay for $1300, this New York shaped rock ought to fetch at least $1500 (more durable, etc.), but we're willing to entertain offers from friends and family starting at only $750. Act now before we offer it to the public and let them bid the price up! Walk on the seashore
Humble house near Portobelo

See the video below of both human and feathered fishermen!


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