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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

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Interim mission presidents seminar with the Hinckleys

We just completed an enjoyable and profitable two days with mission presidents and their wives at the interim mission presidents seminar here in Guatemala City. In prior years the mission presidents and wives both came to the November seminar but only the presidents came to the interim seminar in the spring, but this year both were invited. Featured visitors were Elder Richard G. Hinckley and his wife. Elder Hinckley has served for six years with the Seventy and for the last four years has been managing director of the Missionary Department, but he is turning seventy exactly one week after I do, so this is his last mission presidents seminar. His release will be announced in October. He took the whole day yesterday to instruct presidents concerning a new training program which will be inaugurated in August for new missionaries and their trainers. It includes an extra hour of companionship study per day for the first twelve weeks, with a structured curriculum. For those learning a new language, that will mean a total of four hours per day of study.

Today’s instruction was by the Area Presidency. You may have noted that Elder Clarke was sustained as a new member of the First Quorum of the Seventy at conference, which means the Church will be able to take advantage of his great talents for another five years. He’ll be leaving in July and will be working with the Missionary Department. We’ll miss Elder Clarke. He is very well regarded by the leaders in Salt Lake, and Elder Hinckley was applauding the fact that he’ll be working with the Missionary Department. We just got back from a nice dinner at the Clarkes’ place for the Area Presidency and wives and the Hinckleys. It was fun hearing a few stories of Elder Hinckley’s dad (President Gordon B. Hinckley). For the visually oriented, here are a few photos:

Elder Richard G. Hinckley at mission presidents seminar

Elder James B. Martino addressing mission presidents and wives at the local CCM (MTC)
Entrance to the Guatemala City CCM (MTC)
Virginia and others about to enter the local CCM (MTC)


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