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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 05, 2009

New England, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia

The following are some shots of our recent roamings around New England and Canada:

Map showing sites from early Church history (plus Barnard, where we stayed at Silver Lake State Park).

Don and Virginia at Joseph Smith Memorial at Sharon, Vermont, where the Prophet was born

Old stone bridge on Smith/Mack farm in Sharon

Randolph, Vermont, where Joseph Smith, Sr., had a store in 1802

Royalton, where the Smiths lived between 1808 and 1810

Another old church in Royalton from the Smiths' time

Store in Tunbridge, Vermont, where Joseph, Sr., and Lucy allegedly met. They lived in Tunbridge before moving to Randolph and again between 1806 and 1808. Alvin and Hyrum were born here.

Old Norwich Inn from Joseph Smith's time. The Smiths lived in Norwich from 1814 to 1816 prior to leaving for Palmyra.

Site of 1st public grammar school in Norwich

Dartmouth College, in Hanover, NH, from where Dr. Nathan Smith came to operate on young Joseph's leg.

Dartmouth Medical School plaque, reminiscent of Dr. Nathan Smith

Site of Smith home in Lebanon, New Hampshire

Camping spot at Woolastook campground near Fredericton, New Brunswick

Virginia at fish and chips place in Halifax where we enjoyed a 4th of July dinner

Typical scene in Halifax (fog)

Don encounters other outdoor enthusiasts at New Brunswick gas station

Virginia at Halifax Temple (Nova Scotia)


Blogger Gail McIntosh said...

Excellent blog. We are traveling soon, and your site helped us to find those spots we were looking for. Thank you!

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