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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.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Exploring in Guatemala

On January 2 we went with 8 other missionary couples to see an archaeological site and related museum at a site called Bilbao near Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, an hour and a half southwest of Guatemala City. President Clate Mask (temple president) shared some interesting possible interpretations of Stela 21 which could have significance for the Book of Mormon. The sculpture appears to show the origin of the 7 Mayan tribes, according to their legend. The Book of Mormon on multiple occasions refers to seven original lineages--the Lamanites, Lemuelites, Nephites, Jacobites, Josephites, Zoramites, and Ishmaelites. It is possible that glyphs on the sculpture even identify Lehi and Zoram by name.


In the small museum in Santa Lucia President Mask shows us a replica of Stela 21 (behind him) and talks about its possible significance.



Weapons in the museum



An iguana farm near the museum where iguanas are being raised for food.

About ten minutes drive from the museum, in a sugar cane field, is the original Stela 21. Virginia is in the foreground heading toward it.


Close up shot of Stela 21


Don and Virginia at Stela 21


We had a nice lunch at a resort hotel on the way back to Guatemala City, in the shadow of the volcano Pacaya, which was smoking a bit.


At the restaurant parking lot, with Pacaya in the background



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