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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

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Open house winds up

The Panama City Temple open house finished July 26th with a total of 32,624 visitors for the nearly three weeks the temple was open to the public. This includes a good number of repeat visitors. Nearly 1500 requested visits from the missionaries. There was a complete absence of protestors, and the press was uniformly extremely favorable. Here are a few pictures of various aspects of the event.

Visitors lined up waiting to get into the temple for their tour after having seen the video in the chapel.
Visitors in the chapel waiting to exit for their tours or waiting to enter a video room for the video presentation which preceded the tour.
Visitors lined up to come into the chapel, where the tours began.
Guest house, where we stayed for the three weeks of the open house. People in the background are either beginning or finishing tours.
Member family (the Ledesmas) we had known in Ciudad Bolivar. He worked as a mason on the temple.
Guide gives explanation of the angel Moroni and the exterior of the temple before taking group inside.
Missionaries assist man in wheel chair.
Another wheel chair visitor. We had 10 wheel chairs loaned to us for the occasion.
Virginia and visitors in the reception area, where visitors could write comments and pick up a light refreshment.
Another view of the temple and open house visitors


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