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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, May 29, 2010

Volcano Pacaya Erupts

Thursday, May 27, 2010, we had a little out of the ordinary excitement when Pacaya, about 17 miles south of us and the most active volcano in Guatemala, exploded and covered the city in ash. A mild earthquake we felt earlier in the day may or may not have been related. About 7 p.m. we heard what we thought was thunder, but another senior missionary called a bit later to tell us that the "thunder" was really the volcanic explosion. School was cancelled for Friday and the airport is still closed as of Saturday, which necessitated rerouting Russel T. Osguthorpe, General Sunday School President, and Adrian Ochoa, a counselor in the General Young Men's Presidency, to El Salvador rather than Guatemala City. Someone was assigned to meet them in El Salvador this morning and drive them back to Guatemala City, where they will begin a 9 day tour of Central America, holding multiple training meetings for leaders and teachers, missionary meetings, and firesides.

We didn't take the above photo but downloaded it from a news report on the Internet.

This is what the entrance to our apartment building looked like about an hour after the explosion. The airport, about a half mile west of us, averaged an inch of ash on the runway.

Cars were covered on Thursday with ash and splattered again on Friday by a mixture of ash and rain.

A pile of ash scraped off the road.


Another pile, a half block from our office.

More of the same.


Scene from our office window, where a worker is cleaning ash off the roof and sacking it up.

In front of our apartment building, where ash has been cleaned off the stairs and sidewalk.