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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. We are currently serving in the presidency of the Fort Lauderale Temple, enjoying serving being able to continue to serve while living at home. We thought we had reached our photo upload allowance at this site, so began a new blog at donandvirginiacazier.blogspot.com, but can no longer find how to add new posts there, though we can again at this site. Feel free to email us at doncazier@yahoo.com.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Panama Temple Open House begins

The Panama City Temple open house got underway Tuesday, July 8, for a press conference and tour in the early afternoon and for tours for the neighbors that evening. The following two days we had VIP tours for leaders from the government, business, education, and religious organizations. Here are a few pictoral highlights:
Panama's First Lady goes on temple tour with Elder Don R. Clarke and his wife and with her security detail and other LDS public affairs people.

The open house made the front page of the nation's most important newspaper the day after the press conference. The above is from their web edition, but the picture was even more impressive in print.


Don and Virginia Cazier in front of the new Panama City Temple.


Temple at night, after rain

This was one of several TV and radio programs associated with the opening of the temple. Of the 22 press people who attended the press conference, ten left comment cards, three of whom asked for visits and three of whom asked for additional literature. One radio comentator was very enthusiastic in his praise of the temple on his program the next day, telling everyone that they HAD to go. Many of the VIP visitors have had very positive comments to make about what they felt. Several have said it is the most beautiful building they have ever seen.

Elder Clarke at press conference
Elder Falabella leading a group on a tour
Reception (and refreshment) area
Duane Cheney, in charge of temple construction, shows off a wild friend (yes it's a big bug).
Another colorful visitor on temple property.



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