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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

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Comings and goings

This week we were favored with a visit from Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, General Primary President, and Sister Barbara Thompson, Second Counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency of the Church. Both had training meetings Saturday with Primary and Relief Society workers, respectively, and Virginia and I attended Sister Wixom's session, given that Virginia is a counselor in the Primary and I'm the branch presidency counselor who advises Primary. We stayed for the fireside the two had for all sisters (and a few stray brethren), transmitted to the chapel we were in from another chapel in town via satellite. It was also carried to stake centers throughout the area in the same way. Monday evening we were able to have both sisters at the senior couples' family home evening dinner and program at the Clarkes' and Martino's patio.

Sister Wixom speaking to the family home evening group, with Sister Thompson seated.

The evening also served as a farewell for Elder and Sister Hatch, who were completing their mission. They lived across the hall from us and were an inspiration to all of us young 'uns, in that they were willing to come on a regular proselyting and member support mission when both were about 15 years older than most senior missionaries. (He's 82 and she's 80.) He worked hard at learning Spanish and gathered more referrals for the young missionaries to teach than all the rest of us put together. He is a former mission president and temple president and regional representative. This was the fourth mission for both as a couple. The above photo isn't the most flattering one we've ever seen of Sister Hatch, but both she and her husband have such a great sense of humor that they'll probably just laugh when they see it. Elder Clarke is paying tribute to them here, with Elder Martino looking on.

Virginia prepares to sing "As Sisters in Zion" with the other senior sisters from our apartments.


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