Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Robison Interview on LDS Radio about the West Indies

Check out our interview about the West Indies on the new Mormon Channel. The podcast is now available at http://feeds.lds.org/LDSIntoAllTheWorld

Friday, September 11, 2009

Guyana - Salt Lake Tribune

Today's Salt Lake Tribune article

There are a couple of inaccuracies: there are not 100 missionaries in Guyana (there's 60 including couples) and none of them serve in the interior.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

West Indies Mission Update - JJ Williams

"Utah Utes football: Williams now on a mission to tackle"

JJ Williams is playing football for the University of Utah this year. The Deseret News featured him in this article last month.

Here's an interesting quote:

"Some returned missionaries lose their killer instinct while preaching religion for two years and not playing sports, but that wasn't the case for Williams.

'I think the mission helped that,' he says. 'Two years without hitting anybody, I was hungry when I first got back. I can't wait until the season starts.' "

The funny thing is, I can't think of a kinder, gentler missionary. So I guess the quote is right - he saved it all up for the football field.

Elder Williams with his mission brothers in French Guiana

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Guyana - Sunday Update

The Guyana visa issue seems to have died down in the local news but Guyana is still hotly debating:

Stabroek News editorial

Friday, September 4, 2009

Guyana - Friday Update

Here are a few of today's local news articles on the Guyana visa situation. It seems to have some political undertones:

Kaieteur News - Mormons Expelled from Guyana

Stabroek News - PNCR slams gov't over Mormon expulsions

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Guyana Situation

was sad to hear that there are problems with missionary visas in Guyana. That was an ongoing challenge during our three years of service but we always keep things technically correct according to legal counsel - even though many of the visas were in process for long periods of time. The same thing is true right now. It is a firm policy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to support the laws of any land they are privileged to enter.

I'm sure the missionaries are fine and making the best of their challenges.

I'm no longer in the mission so I don't have any 'inside' information about this situation. However, I am keeping a close watch on the news feeds so I thought I would share some of the latest I've come across. I'll continue to keep this blog post updated.

Thursday Sept 3


Deseret News

Fox News
It's funny because the picture is of missionaries in French Guiana, not Guyana

I need to correct this statement: "About 100 of them [missionaries] are now in Guyana, many of them deep in the country's interior where the government has little presence." There are about 60 missionaries in Guyana and none of them are 'deep' in the interior. There is a humanitarian senior couple who has traveled to the interior as part of their service work but they live in Georgetown.

Stabroek News - Local Guyana Newspaper

Brett Hamilton's Homecoming

Parowan, Utah is a special place.

My husbands mother was born here in this pretty and historic home:

Plus, we had the privilege of serving with some fine missionaries from Parowan - senior couple, Ronald and Linda Larsen plus young elders, Burke Williamson and Brett Hamilton. It's fun because Burke actually got to train Brett and they both served as assistants.

So - we were excited to visit Parowan last Sunday to attend Brett's homecoming. He gave a fabulous talk, full of stories of the West Indies. My husband was able to say a few words as well - about senior couples.

By the way - the mission really needs senior couples! Email me at dfrweb@gmail.com if you want information about serving in the West Indies.

After church we gathered at the Hamilton's home and got to spend some time with these fine WIRMs

Burke Williamson, Brett Hamilton, David Hyde, McKay Walker, and Ray Lauritzen

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

WIRM Update - The Tycksen Wedding

I have been trying to figure out where to put pictures of W(est) I(ndies) R(eturned) M(issionaries) - WIRMs

My current blog isn't really about the mission so that didn't seem to be the right spot. And I hesitate to move this blog away from a record of our three years of missionary service - but I also hate to have this one die away. So maybe I'll try putting a few WIRM updates here and see how that works.

Let me know what you think.

So here is my first WIRM update:

We attended Parker Tycksen's wedding reception last Friday night. He married his sweetheart Megan. What a darling couple!

I think they were engaged within a few weeks of his homecoming.

The fun thing about attending a WIRM wedding reception is - you get to see lots of other WIRMs! This time we got to see some of the 'Frenchies'

Brycen Beck and Scott McIntosh

Greg Garrett and Tyson Gray

JJ Williams - looking much bigger and stronger as he prepares to play football this season for the University of Utah

Burke Williamson (and friend) - not officially a 'Frenchie' but he picked up a little French while serving as an assistant

and here's a glimpse of Chris Procter (sorry - not a great picture)

Rick Lines was there too - looking great in his short-sleeved white shirt and tie but I forgot to take a picture :(