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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

Friday, February 19, 2010

Recent Mission Highlights

Here's a shot of Virginia doing what she is most often doing--entering missionary application information on line. Related tasks include communicating with bishops, stake presidents, or prospective missionaries themselves to get missing information, making reports of missionary calls processed, and mailing out the calls themselves when they arrive from Salt Lake. In January she helped process about 160 applications, nearly double what was done the year before in the same month.

Don's desk faces Virginia's. Here he is, pretending to be busy preparing notebooks for each member of the area presidency for the next presidency meeting, with copies of applications for new bishops, stake president's counselors, and patriarchs, applications for ward or stake divisions or boundary realignments, minutes of the previous meeting, a printed agenda for the upcoming meeting, copies of calendars, and copies of all other relevant documents to be discussed in the meeting. The stacking trays in front contain, among other things, applications to the First Presidency which must be processed for such matters as sealing cancellations or sealing approvals, restoration of blessings, or approval for readmission to the Church or the lifting of disfellowshipment restrictions in cases which require First Presidency approval.

A recent highlight was the visit of Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve and Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy. Here they are greeting stake presidency members and bishops prior to the start of last Saturday's priesthood leadership conference in Guatemala City.

Among other things, Elders Andersen and Clayton conducted an "Area Review" while in Guatemala, which included a three hour meeting with the Area Presidency and Area Seventies on Sunday afternoon. Here is a group photo following the meeting. In front, from left to right, are: Elder Enrique Falabella, 1st counselor in the area presidency; Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy; Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve; Elder Don R. Clarke, Area President; and Elder James B. Martino, 2nd counselor in the Area Presidency. The back row has our eight area seventies, plus the area executive secretary. The one two over from me is Elder Pedro Abularach, who was my administrative assistant in CES during our previous mission in Guatemala. He is now the CES area director, as well as an Area Seventy.

Here is Elder Clarke in one of the many meetings held to plan for the visit of Elders Andersen and Clayton.
Here are Elder and Sister Martino at a Monday evening combined "Family Home Evening" for senior missionaries and a farewell for one of the couples who is going home soon.


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