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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, February 21, 2010

Weekend in Quetzaltenango

Virginia and I had the opportunity this weekend to drive to Quetzaltenango, where I was assigned to take minutes at a priesthood leadership conference for stake and district presidencies and bishops and branch presidents, under the direction of Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve. Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy, Elder Don R. Clarke, our area president, and Elder I. Poloski Cordon, a local area Seventy also participated. It was a very good meeting, as the one in Guatemala City the week before had been. To avoid driving back in the dark (which is not recommended), we stayed overnight in a hotel and went to sacrament meeting Sunday morning in one of the Quetzaltenango wards. We recently got an upgraded GPS map program for Guatemala, which was quite helpful on the trip. We also had the opportunity to see some sights both in Quetzaltenango and in Panajachel (on the shores of Lake Atitlan, where we stopped for lunch). The following are some of those photos, for your viewing pleasure. You can click on any of them to enlarge them.

Virginia in front of the future Quetzaltenango Temple. It will be twice the size of the Guatemala City Temple, and it's coming along nicely on schedule, unlike the Panama City Temple which was always behind schedule due to the different work ethic in that country.

This is a picture from four years ago when ground was broken for a CES addition to the Minerva Ward chapel in Quetzaltenango. Our mission ended before we got to see it completed, but today we got to see it up close and rejoice that it's serving well the purpose for which it was intended.

The Minerva Ward chapel, about a mile from the temple. Note the CES additionin back.

Don in front of the CES addition to the Minerva chapel

Entry to the CES wing of the Minerva chapel, with signs promoting seminary and institute

If you click on the above photo you'll better distinguish the "Deseret" sign advertising a kitchen furniture business owned by local Quetzaltenango members.

A faithful elderly woman in traditional dress dusts the pews prior to the start of sacrament meeting.

We were impressed that 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting the pianist was in position and the Aaronic Priesthood young men were getting the sacrament prepared early.

This photo and the next several which follow show indigenous women in their brightly colored traditional dress. The photos would have been even better if we hadn't been taking them through the car window as we drove past at normal speeds.

Virginia with an attractive quetzal plaque at the Hotel Bella Luna, where we stayed.

Virginia at the restaurant in Panajachel

Girl in colorful dress behind Don at restaurant

Man in traditional dress, including a sort of "skirt" and brightly colored pants

Another man with the "skirt" but not the pants, carrying a load of wood.

Brightly colored moto taxis

Cemetery in Solola (near Panajachel), with brightly colored tombs


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