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, March 25, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Memorable Moments with the Major and Malisa
Danny invited us to sit in on one of his philosophy classes, so now we can say we have studied at West Point. Friday afternoon we went with Malisa and some of the kids to the West Point museum, where we saw lots of fearsome weapons from ages past. We've also been glad to meet Malisa's friend, Marcia, who will be moving in with them in another month or two and who will be coming with them to the family reunion, where the rest of the family will also get to meet her.
Saturday we went to Central Park in New York City and to the outskirts of Chinatown--at least far enough to find a restaurant with Chinese food.
Don feeds furry friend
Another shot of our friendly squirrel. You can see video below by clicking on the second arrow.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Pointing north toward West Point
We've said more than once that the best way to see miracles are to (1) be involved in missionary work, (2) to work with family history, or (3) to go on a long trip around the country. Today's miracle was that as Virginia was driving in South Carolina, she felt a thump behind us, as though something had happened to the trailer. After pulling off to investigate, to my astonishment it was not a flat tire after all, but the trailer had come detached from the car! The tongue of the hitch had come out from the piece it fits into, though the pin that holds it in place was still fully attached. The only three possibilities seem to have been (1) that demonic forces were at work, permitting the metal pin to slide through solid metal without leaving a trace, or (2) that someone had mischievously undone the hitch, leaving the tongue outside of the pin, or (3) that whoever hooked the hitch up in the first place was an old absent-minded soul who never got the tongue in far enough to secure in the first place, and had put the pin through the receiver part without it ever going through the tongue at all. Much as I hate to admit it, I'm afraid that #3 is the most likely, though it absolutely astonishes me that we could have gone several hundred miles on two different trips without the tongue pulling out. Perhaps the safety chains kept it from coming out before, but we may have hit a bump that caused the hooks on the end of the safety chains to bend just enough to let the hitch come completely undone. At any rate, the miracle is that no permanent damage was done, and we were able to connect it up right and continue on our way. We found, however, that the turn signals no longer worked, but we got to our campsite by 3 p.m., were able to look up the location of the Florence Toyota dealer on the Internet, program the directions into our GPS, and arrive in time for them to fix it before closing time. In fact, as it turned out to be only a blown fuse, they didn't even charge us! We feel truly blessed. In the eternal scheme of things, this may seem like no big deal, but we appreciate all the little miracles of this sort that make life so much easier. If it had happened on a day when we didn't have a couple of free hours in the afternoon to get the turn signals taken care of, it could have been a much bigger nuisance.
Here are a few picture for your viewing pleasure:
Virginia enjoys a hike in Faver-Dykes State Park.
Tongue which came apart from the hitch. The pin you see in the picture was actually still in the hitch under the car. Evidently I had never got it through the tongue in the first place!