Sunday, August 28, 2011

Growth of the Church.

I was browsing through a 2010 Church Almanac the other day and was amazed at the growth of the Church in the area of my Mission. For just one example, in my last area I was zone leader in Trujillo, Peru in 1968.

Plaza de Armas, Trujillo

and our zone included Chiclayo also.

Main Square, Chiclayo

If I remember correctly it was 6 missionaries and 2 branches.

From the Almanac I count 5 stakes in Chiclayo and 8 in Trujillo identifiable by name. There is also a mission headquartered in Trujillo. When I was there, there were no stakes in the entire mission (Andes mission including Peru, Ecuador, and Columbia by the time I left.)

There has also been a temple announced for Trujillo, the 2nd in Peru.

Announcement: 13 December 2008

Construction Status

The Trujillo Perú Temple is currently in the planning and approval phase. No groundbreaking date has been announced.

Temple Design

Renderings of the Trujillo Perú Temple and site plan will be released once they are approved and become available.

Temple Site

The Trujillo Perú Temple will be constructed on a large parcel of ground adjacent to the beautiful Campo Eterno cemetery on the highway to Huanchaco. The temple was originally to be constructed on the site of the Trujillo Perú Primavera Stake Center.

Temple Announcement

In its announcement the First Presidency stated, "We are confident that this will be a blessing to the many faithful Saints in this and surrounding areas who have had to travel long distances to enjoy the blessings of the temple. We commend the Saints for their devotion and faithfulness, and are thankful for the blessings that will come to them through the construction of this new temple." The temple will serve more than 88,000 members in the region.1

Peru's only operating temple, which currently serves 115 stakes and districts, was dedicated in Lima by President Gordon B. Hinckley in January 1986. Members in Trujillo currently travel 9–10 hours by bus to attend the temple, which is exceptionally busy on Saturdays. Buses arrive from all over the country full of patrons, who contentedly wait outside the temple—sometimes for hours—for their turn to get inside to participate in sacred ordinance work.2

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Milestone

I promise I won't bore you with any more blogs about the kitchen until it is finished. We got the vent hood and the hanging rails installed this past week or so. This represents the last of the functional items to install. The rest is cosmetic.

Now all that remains is the decorative tile in the middle of the wall, the toe kick, the crown molding and the side moldings.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Who needs grass?

OK so I really do want to have a healthy turf but with the drought last year that killed all the grass and being occupied with kitchen this year, didn't happen.

Believe it or not there is little or no grass in this yard, just mowed the weeds.

Speaking of weeds, they grow bigger in Texas. We have tried to get rid of these but gave up this year and just let them grow.

Some of the weed could pass for flowers if they weren't so invasive and persistent

Maybe next year we'll get our yard in shape.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

What will they think of next?

It's amazing to me the gadgets that people come up with using modern technology

Phazzer 3 Megapixel DVR Eyewear Sunglasses-Digital Video Recorder Eyewear - DVR300

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3.0 megapixels pinhole CMOS camera and built in stereo audio microphone.
Allows up to 4 hours of video recording per charge.
Polarized lenses to reduce sunglare.
Uses a 4 GB Micro SD Flash Memory Card

Saturday, May 8, 2010


The ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair was held in San Antonio April 9th - 12th. It is the fair affiliated with the most prestigious fair, the Intel-ISEF, which is an international fair and will be held in San Jose, CA this year on May 8th - 15th.

We had 16 students qualify from the Alamo Regional Fair. Of those we had the 2nd grand prize, 2 firsts, one 2nd, one 3rd, two 4th and one honorable mention. They give one of each prize for each category except the grands which are overall. 3 students qualified to go to the INTEL-ISEF.

In addition there is the Siemens competition where we had 1 semi-finalist and the TJSHS (Texas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium) which feeds into the American Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. We had 3 students go to that this year.

In our local science fair at our school we had nearly 800 projects presented and over $100,000 in scholarships awarded. All freshmen and sophomores in the Science and Engineering Academy Magnet School are required to do a science project and all upper class students are required to do a research project of some kind. I will have a much larger role in coordinating that fair next year.

Friday, May 7, 2010

more catch up

Seventeen of our students qualified from the Alamo Regional Junior Academy of Science Meeting to go to the Texas Junior Academy of Science competition at Texas A&M April 5th-7th in College Station. I was appointed to take them. We went with about 4 or 5 kids from Health Careers and their teacher. There was one from Clark and one from Stevens that qualified also but they elected not to go.

It was interesting trying to keep 17 kids in line by myself for 3 days and 2 nights away from home in a hotel. Unlike most science fairs they do not have a board to display their project but it is an oral presentation. They each have 12 minutes to present and 3 minutes for questions from the judges afterward. The first day is a preliminary judging and the 1st place winners from each category present again the next day for the final judging.

We had 3 first place, 5 second place, 5 third place and 1 honorable mention. (Only one of those pictured is a first place winner) One of our 1st place winners won 3rd grand prize in the final judging the next day.

First place winners qualify to go to the AJAS (American Junior Academy of Science) held in conjunction with the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) meeting in Washington, D.C. That is not a competition but a good learning opportunity. Grand prize winners are given a cash stipend to help with travel expenses.


Its been a while since I posted. For those, if any, who wonder what I have been up to and exactly what I do for a living these days, this is a part of it.

This is a picture from outside my hotel room in Houston on the 24th floor of the Hyatt Regency downtown. April 14th thru 19th was ISWEEEP, an international science fair sponsored by the Cosmos foundation. They invite kids from all over the world and pay their expenses to come to Houston and present their projects related to Energy, Environment and Engineering. I took 6 kids from our school.

One morning at breakfast I sat with a group from Kyrgyzstan and I complimented a couple of the girls on their mastery of English. They really dis speak well. On the last day out in front of the convention center they came up and handed me this hat and asked if I would like a souvenir of Kyrgyzstan.

They encourage kids to wear traditional costumes from their countries and have a flag show as part of the opening ceremony. One kid from each country brings the flag of his country to the stage. Afterward they had a country singer perform.

Of the 6 from our school, 2 won gold medals ($1000 cash prize), 2 won bronze medals ($250 cash prize if I remember correctly) and one got honorable mention. They also took the kids on field trips to NASA and to the Houston Zoo. One of our students parents who is a bowling coach at Holmes High School arranged for our group to go bowling one night. First time I have been bowling in many years.

If anyone would like more information or pictures or videos they can go to the website.