Don and Virginia Cazier Family Forum
- Name: Donald A. Cazier
- 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. 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 email@example.com.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Achutupu, Mamitupu, and Ustupu
Virginia and the Jamisons preparing to join the Madrigals in the boat piloted by President Jose Manuel Diaz, San Blas District president, to take us from the Achutupu airport to the island of Mamitupu, just ten minutes away, where we would spend the night. The conference itself would be on the island of Ustupu, 20-25 minutes further away, but where there were no satisfactory accommodations available.
Virginia and me in front of our hotel cabin at the Cabañas Waica on the island of Mamitupu.
View of the hammocks and restaurant from the vantage point of our cabin.
Inside our cabin. It had its own shower, but we all shared the same nearby bathroom for other purposes. Note the dirt floor and mosquito netting over the bed.
Lobster preparing to receive last rites in restaurant.
Kids play soccer barefoot on cement playground in front of Mamitupu school. The school was the most modern looking thing on the island, but it includes only elementary grades. Those wanting to go beyond that have to travel to Ustupu.
Virginia again in Mamitupu. Note leaning hut taking a note from a larger structure in Pisa.
Don defying coconut to fall on head.
Lobster lunch! In addition to our group, there were a couple of Jewish guests from New York whom we enjoyed getting to know. The dad's father and mother both survived Nazi concentration camps, though ten of his father's siblings did not.
Octopus, which we ate for dinner that day!
Nearing Ustupu for Saturday afternoon training meetings.
Typical local transportation as we arrive at Ustupu.
Virginia and Sister Madrigal participate with Sister Jamison in teaching Primary songs to kids prior to the start of the training meetings.
Don on the way to the chapel in Ustupu (not yet in sight)
Ustupu chapel in backround
Friendly little kid (couldn't hae been older than two), who welcomed us.
Chapel roof in Ustupu
Leaving hotel in Mamitupu in owner's boat to take us back to Achutupu airport
Our hotel as seen from the sea
Locals in typical transportation
Kuna lady fishing in front of Achutupu airport
Don and Virginia at Achutupu airport
Madrigals, Sister Jamison, and Virginia wait for plane at Achutupu airport
Plane arriving at Achutupu airport. Note the plastic bottles on the fence posts, which serve also as runway markers
- Seeing both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans simultaneously from the air
- Seeing dolphins playing in the water on two or three ocasions
- Traveling back to Mamitupu in the dark Saturday evening. It took about a half hour, and I was grateful that President Diaz knew how to find his way by reference to the stars and the faint outline of the mountains on our left.
Monday, October 13, 2008
District conference in Nargana
Me with the Campos family and President Jamison of the Panama City Temple
Manuel Robinson, volunteer CES supervisor, in front of statue of his grandfather, known as the father of education in Nargana.
Elders Glazier and Corbett, full time missionaries on Nargana. Note the footwear.
Missionaries (posing as FBI) and member (Samuel) ham it up during cultural event.
Samuel "incarcerated" in bunker of the chapel plays on his guitar during cultural event. His son thought he was really in jail and started to cry!
Young people from Nargana act out scene from "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief."
Samuel, escaped from jail, plays another guitar number. You can see and hear him play for real in his home in the short video below. (He wrote the song.)