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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

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fling in Flamingo

We took our new tent trailer down to the Flamingo Campground in the Everglades National Park Monday (January 26) and Tuesday (Janaury 27) to try it out and learn how to set it up prior to taking it on longer journeys in another month or so. We learned that it is important to put down the stabilizing jacks before climbing onto the bed (Whee!). We also learned after much trial and error how to put on the extra "room," but we ended up with a fiberglass pole and a couple of small bungee cords whose function we never did figure out. We are happy to report that our new car has only one minor scratch and dent in the bumper after we tried hooking the trailer on too close to the garage and lost control as it came out over a small lip in the pavement. And the trailer has only minor tears in the fabric, evidently from our not having packed it up properly at some point. But all in all we are very pleased with it and look forward to many good trips in the future with it. The following are a few photos from the trip:

Roseate spoonbill in Eco Pond
American crocodiles near Flamingo marina. There are only about 500 in the entire country, almost all concentrated near here. They prefer salt water rather than fresh.

Virginia on Snake Bight Trail (not to be confused with snake bite trail)

Don poses in front of tent trailer at campground


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