Let us know what you've been up to since your mission. Have
you finished school? Are you married? Do you have children?
Where do you live? Who do you still run into from those mission
days? Anything else you'd like to share? Let us know. (Lise,
|Michael P. Abramson (1982-1984) wrote:I received BS,MS in math and
MM in music (violin) at BYU in 1987,89,90. While there, I toured the pacific
northwest and Europe with BYU Chamber Orchestra. In 1990, I married former
Austrian missionary Teri Sue Allen (1985-1987). We have 2 sons and 2
daughters. I work as a mathematician for the US Department of Defense,
Ft, Meade, MD and live near York, PA.
|Eric L. Anderson (1977-1979) wrote:Got home from my mission and
went to BYU. Met my wife Kathleen there in a German class. Graduated with
a degree in Russian. Highlights: Worked at WordPerfect Corporation for almost
9 years as an International Manager and worked in Product Management
at Novell, Inc. I left Novell in November of 1999 and am now the Director of
International Field Marketing at Legato Systems, Inc. I've visited most countries
of the world, taken a camel out to the Pyramids in Egypt, visited Lenin in Moscow
and many other things. My most exciting adventure has been raising my 4 girls
and 2 boys. We are all very active in church and I have been the Scoutmaster in my
ward for the past 3 years. Hello to everyone! Anyone know what happened to Kent Spiers?
submitted: 1999, updated 2000
|Kathy Baird (now Russon) (1987-1988) wrote:What am I up to? I'm still
5 feet 8 inches. Other than that my family is growing up and I'm trying to keep
up with them. My second grade son, Danny, is interested in everything. Currently
he's playing flag football, which will be replaced by basketball, soccer, baseball
and swim team as the seasons change. He's a voracious artist and goes through the
scratch paper like crazy. I can't keep up with the paper chase. My daughters,
Michelle who's in kindergarten and Heather who is three, are taking ballet/tap
classes, which they enjoy. They have to have friends to play with constantly,
but when that fails they are good friends to each other. Then there's the caboose,
Matthew. He's almost one year old and keeps me busy chasing him. So between trying
to maintain a somewhat orderly home, keeping up with my children, teaching aerobics
and flute, and doing my own projects, I don't have too much time to think. But life
is good and I have no complaints.
|Kurt Bestor (1977-1979) wrote:I served in Austria and Yugoslavia
during the "Meyers Era." (1977-1979) I got engaged the night I got home.
(Yeah - she waited!) Since that time, I've been making my living composing
music for films, television, and recordings. In a couple of months, I'll
be leaving for a humanitarian, musical tour of Bosnia & Croatia. It's been
a dream of mine ever since the war broke out. I have two beautiful girls
(Erika 7 and Kristin 14) and live in the Provo area.
|Susie Boyce (now Angerbauer) (1990-1991) wrote:I married Jeff Angerbauer
in 1993 and taught English and German for two years before we had children.
We've lived in Utah, Maryland, and now Texas. My husband is a Marketing Manager
at a large utilities company, and I chase after our 4 children: Kirsten (7), Rob
(5), Seth (2), and Emma (3 weeks old as of this entry).
I would love to hear from any of my old mission pals!!!!
|Mark Brown (1989) wrote:I served in the mission under Pres. Smith,
from 7/89-11/89 when I was transferred to the Dresden DDR mission. After
returning home I met Amy in a singles choir here in AZ and we have been
making music together ever since. We have a son, Brennan (4) and a daughter,
Jessica (2). We recently purchased a home and have enjoyed (?) all of the
responsibility that entails. I will be graduating with an Acct Degree in Sept
and we are anxiously awaiting the next phase of life, whatever it turns out
to be. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me, even though I was
only in the mission a short while, I think often about Austria and the memories
I have of my time there.
|Mary Burton (now Jackson) (1972-1973) wrote:I was a missionary in Austria
1972-1973. I live in Santa Rosa and have lived here 13 years. Before this we
lived in Sebastopol, CA, Portage, UT, Deweyville, UT, Morgan Hill, CA, and San Jose,
CA. I have been married to Alan Jackson who teaches high school electronics for
almost 26 years. We have five children. The oldest Joshua (24) will be going to the
University of Wisconsin at Madison to work on his doctorate in communications. Our
daughter Jenny (23) is a legal processor at the county courthouse. Our son Garrett
(almost 21) works as an autoCAD draftsman and studies engineering related courses at the
junior college. Our fourth child Susannah is diabetic and is graduating from high school
this week. She plans to go to the junior college this fall and study child psychology.
Our youngest (13) is Christina and she is finishing 7th grade. She likes cheerleading
and making people laugh. We also have a black Lab named Shelley and two cats named Luke
and Blue who are considered part of the family. We have a cabin that we are rebuilding.
My main interest is holistic medicine and we are the food storage coordinators for the ward.
I have only been to one Austrian Mission reunion but would like to go to another sometime and
see other missionaries from the Broberg era! My companions were Rebecca Barlow, Kathleen
Smart, Susan Bingham, Wilma Householder, Irene Damm, and Ruth Becker (twice).
|Jason Carson (1992-1994) wrote:I returned from my mission in February of
1994 and almost immediately went to BYU. I earned a degree in communications
(public relations) in 1998, but not before I met and married my wife, Kirsten
Sorensen, and had our first son Drew. He's now 3 years old and joined by a little
brother, Stoney (1 year). We lived in Seattle for 18 months, where I worked for
a large PR agency. We then moved back to Utah Valley for an international PR
position that allowed me to see much of the Asia-Pacific region and some of
South America. In January, I took a position with an online job site, FlipDog.com,
where I head up the company's PR efforts internally. We currently live in Orem,
where I run into mission friends now and then (I just saw Jason Steelman rock climbing
at the Quarry). I miss Austria and all its beauties and would love to hear how
everyone is doing!
|Allen Carter - his friend Randall Smith wrote:My friend and neighbor
Allen Carter while we were growing up served in the Austria Mission from 1973
to 1975 while I served in the Germany Munich mission. He went to medical school
in Utah, graduated, interned in Ogden and has been practicing ever since in
Star Valley, Wyoming. He has two sons and spends his free time doing a lot of
hunting, fishing, horse riding and other outdoor activities. I talked to Allen
as recently as a year ago. Don't know why he hasn't checked in and registered.
Perhaps he doesn't have a computer...
|Kerry L. Christensen (1974-1976) wrote:Kerry Christensen served in
Austria from l974-76 under pres. schaerer and Pres. Wirkus. He graduated for
BYU in l980 in Business management. He is married with four children two
already served missions to Nashville. Two Others will go within the next year
or two. He is now a fulltime alpine yodeler and Austrian zither player.
See Website for info on Kerry's yodeling profession.
He also owns a dinner theater in the Mesa Arizona where he performs in the
winter months. He and his wife Kathie live below Bridal veil falls in Provo
|Brother and Sister John P. Colton wrote:While we were not officially on
a mission, we did have a lot to do with the Vienna Missions from 1976-1981 and
again from 1991-1999. We thought that it would be okay to send our contact email...
Brother and Sister John P. Colton, Vienna Stake, Vienna Fourth, English Speaking
Branch, current email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
However we have just been called to preside over the Cambodia, Phnom Penh mission
starting in July... I'll send a new email later.
Regards and blessings to all those who ate at our house, spent
family home evening with us, jpc.
|Derek Cordon (1989-1991) wrote:I served in the mission from December 1989
to November 1991. I am currently living in North Carolina with my wife and two
children. We moved here last summer from Phoenix, Arizona. I am working as an
Applications Developer in the IT department of a large telemarketing company.
|Kelvin Crezee (1979) wrote:After returning from Austria I went to
school at Ricks for a year, BYU for a year and then finished at UC Berkeley.
I married my lovely wife Camille before finishing my undergrad at Berkeley.
I then went on to 4 years of medical school in San Francisco then several years
of residency training in Detroit. During those years we had 2 children and lived
most humbly. We now live in Phoenix, Arizona and our family has grown
again by 2. We enjoy friends (missionaries included) and family who come
to visit during our pleasantly mild winters (few if any come to visit in
the scorching summers!).
I have many fond memories of the time I spent as a missionary in Austria
and try to continue the missionary effort here in my home town. I have
a testimony of the gospel that continues to grow and am very active in
my home ward.
|Christopher C. DeSantis (1975-1976) wrote:I served in Austria under
three mission presidents: Neil Schaerrer, Irwin Wirkus, and Gustav Salik.
I arrived home on New Year's Day 1977, and enrolled at BYU where I did a
master's degree in computational linguistics. I worked developing automated
translation software for a number of years before joining the Translation
Department of the Church, where I have been for 14 years. I currently work
as a scripture translation supervisor, overseeing projects in the
Mediterranean and Eastern Europe. My wife Kathryn and I have three children,
Courtney (who is an Elder in the Russia Samara mission), Maria, and Michael.
|Ben Dodge (1998-2000) wrote:I've been going to school at BYU-Hawaii this
past year, where I met Sonja Huso from Arizona. She and I happened to fall in love
and we are to be married on March 8th. Life is funny that way... you just never know
what's comin' your way.
|Howard Dover (1986-1988) wrote:We are now in Texas. I am currently pursuing
a doctoral degree in Management Science at the University of Texas at Dallas in
Marketing. We have 6 children and are enjoying lives challenges to the fullest.
Hopefully, I will give another update when I am done in 4 years. We hope to one day
end up back at BYU as faculty, we will see what plans come to be.
|David K. Drury (1972-1974) wrote:After getting home from my mission, I
transferred to BYU (I had been at a college back East before my mission), where I
met my wife, Susan Fielding, and graduated with a BS in Microbiology in 1976. Then
I went into the US Army, where I spent 20 years as a Medical Evacuation Helicopter
Pilot and Hospital Administrator. My family had many wonderful adventures and
experiences, culminating with an assignment as a military advisor to the Saudi
Arabian Military Medical Service from 1992-1994. My last assignment brought us to
Utah, where I retired from the Army in 1996. We now live in the Salt Lake City area,
where I work with a small, start-up health insurance company. Our greatest recent
experience was when we played host to my one convert from my mission, Eva (Strauder)
Hettenkofer, and her daughter, Gudrun. Eva had come to the USA to travel home with
Gudrun, who just completed a mission in the Salt Lake City Temple Square mission.
It was so wonderful to see them again and to hear about their family! I now have
two married daughters, two grandsons, and a daughter just finishing high school.
What more could one ask for?
|Oliver Egly (1975-1977) wrote:my name is Oliver Egly from Michelstadt Germany.
I served under Präs. Wirkus & Pras. Salik / 1975-1977. I still live in Michelstadt
Germany. I'm Married and have 5 children and 2 grand children. I'm selfemployed - selling
and serviceing office-mashienes ( Copy- Fax-Printers - PC's)
|Douglas S. Esplin (1976-1978) wrote:I served in Austria from 1976-78 under
presidents Salik and Myers. I live in Saudi Arabia working in the oil industry, am
married to Sandy Purdy and have 4 children (2 now at BYU).
|Daniela Fingerle (now Freimann) (1989-1990) wrote:I served in Austria only
for 6 months, comming from Frankfurt Germany Mission, from September 1989 til March
1990.I also participated in the Mission Reunion in October 1999 together with my
husband Sven. We now live in Hannover, Germany, have been married for 12 years and
have four wonderful children, Sarah Margarita (92), Natalie Michelle (94),
Sven-Robin (97) and Christopher Nick (98). I am a full-time mom and love it. Last
year we managed to buy a house and are very happy about that. That's all for now.
|Wayne Scott Feller (1991-1993) wrote:My Name is Wayne Scott Feller. I
served in the Austria Vienna Mission from June of 1991, until July of 1993. I
served in WienIII, Wien I, Klagenfurt, Wiener Neustadt, Wels, Wien II, and
finally in Graz. Since my mission, I acheived a Bachelors in Psychology
(finally!), and am now working for Hertz Rent-a-Car as their Call Centre manager
for the German Market. I was originally from Ogden, Ut, but left Utah in 1994,
and lived in Austria, then Greece, then Cypress, the Greece again, then Holland,
then Israel, the U.K., and finally in Ireland. I have lived here since 1996, and was
married in 1998. My wife and I recently had our third child, Niall (she had two
previous to her joining the church: John aged 6, and Eric aged 4.)
|Leonard Gashler (19691-1971) wrote:B.A. in Economics & International Rel. -
BYU 1973; M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing - BYU 1975; Currently a Senior Financial
Analyst at the Estate Advisory Group in Provo. Served in various Church assignments,
including: Bishop, Seventy’s Quorum President, Stake Sunday School Presidency, Ward
Clerk, Financial Clerk, Sunday School teacher, Deacons advisor, and missionary in
Vienna, Austria (my father’s birthplace). Served in various Boy Scout leadership
assignments, including Cubmaster & Scoutmaster. Married to Linda Christensen - parents
of 6 children (4 boys & 2 girls). Current residence: Provo.
|Paul Glauser (1971-1973) wrote:Married Vickie Huntwork, 1974. Graduated from BYU
in 1976 with a B.S. in University Studies, minor in German. Graduated from Harvard
University in 1978 with a Masters in city planning. Since 1978, we've lived in Utah --
Salt Lake, Ogden, and now Draper, where currently working as Draper City Community
Development Director. Five children, one granddaughter. Returned from a two-week trip
in Austria (one long p-day!) on 9/29/99. Surprised by how much had changed, but hey, it's
been 26 years after all.
A Broberg-era reunion is being planned for April 2000. If
you'd like more info on it, let me know. A mailing list is being assembled.
|Lafe Goeckeritz (1993-1995) wrote:I have two little ones. A boy, Kaden Everest,
age 4 and a girl, Emma LaPrele, age 2. I have lived in Arizona for 8 years. I am from
|Brian C. Guthrie (1977-1979) wrote:I served during the Kenneth R. Myers era ('77-'79).
I married Linda Daniel in December 1980 (Washington, DC Temple); we have six children; four
boys and two girls, ages 2 to 17. Graduated from the University of Florida ('84), then served
as an active duty officer with USAF during the "Cold" and Gulf Wars (includes five years in
Germany, 87-92, where two of our sons were born). Specialized in imagery (optical, infrared,
and high-res. radar) intelligence operations management. Served as Mission Operations Chief
for the U-2/TR-1 Tactical Recon/Targeting System. Tore chunks off the Berlin Wall with my own
hands and loved the spiritual/emotional intensity of the experience. Also served 2 yrs. with
Special Ops Forces in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Eritrea, Ethopia, Djibuouti, and Pakistan
while preparing counter terrorism/emergency evac plans for State Dept posts and American
Communities (several of which have already been used). Served over 8 years active duty before
deciding to take the dual career route (civilian/reserves). Now work intelligence for the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) and am a Major in the Air Force Reserve. Opportunites to
serve the Lord have included callings of Bishop (Hahn Svcmn Wd, Kaiserslautern Stk), YM
President (Ward and Stake), Temple Worker (Frankfurt), and Explorer/Venture Scout Advisor
(favorite calling outside my home). Mostly, our family keeps us BUSY! I love you all, and hope
to hear from anyone who remembers me, especially my brothers and sisters in "LTM Distrikt
Innsbruck," (Nove 77-Jan 78).
|Phil Hadfield (1977-1979) wrote:I married Sherri Cunningham and we have two handsome
sons, Sam and Jake. We live in the Provo/Orem area. I currently work as an attorney
in the Utah County Attorney's Office. I served from 1977 to 1979 under President Salik
and President Myers. I also taught many Austrian missionaries at the MTC during my school
years and served in the branch presidency there for 3 years. Life has been very good to us.
Drop a line. Would love to hear from you!
|Erik Hansen, Capt, USAF (1983-1985) wrote:Graduated from BYU in '88 with B.A. in
International Relations. Commissioned in U.S. Air Force in 1990. Married former
Susan Colaianni in 1990. Completed pilot training in 1991. Have flown T-41, T-37, T-38,
KC-135, B-52, F-16, T-1, C-17. Have lived in Lubbock TX, Spokane WA, Charleston SC, and
currently live in Altus, OK where I teach new pilots how to fly the C-17. Earned Masters
in Aviation Operations, 1998. Susan and I have two boys, Michael, 9, and Steven, 6. After
5 years of trying, we are expecting a daughter in March (2000). I have been back to Vienna
twice since the mission days and love it more each time. I have had many opportunities to
use German and even get payed to stay proficient in it. I have served in the Elders Quorum,
all AP quorums, and as Scoutmaster and Young Men's President. Professionally I have flown
in humanitarian missions in Bosnia, Africa, and Kosovo as well as in operations in
Southwest Asia. Life is great!!!
|Joel Hardy (1972-1973) wrote:I married Vicki Nickens of Ogden, Utah in 1974. I then
graduated from Weber State College in 1977, with a B.S. in Microbiology and then from Idaho
State University in 1979, with an M.S. in Microbiology/Biochemistry. I am now a senior
Research Scientist with Bio-Rad Laboratories in California. We live in Vacaville,
California and have 4 children, one of which is married. I have my own web site that
provides information about the LDS Church at http://www.mormonhaven.com
|Gordan Heaton (1975-1977) wrote:Married: Julie Ann Ward, from Cherry Creek, Idaho, in 1978. Julie and I
have five children, ages 12 to 19. We live in Ivins, Utah. For the last
20 years I've been employed by SkyWest Airlines as a pilot, currently
flying the Canadair Regional Jet. I get to visit Austria once in a while
with various members of my family. The visits are years apart, and very
short. Feel free to send email, write or drop by. (email@example.com --
20 East 100 North - Ivins, Utah 84738)
|Bryan Heller (1987-1989) wrote:I'm still in the Navy, but I've gotten
myself out of the Nuclear Submarine business, where I qualified Nuclear Engineer Officer.
I'm now a Civil Engineer for the Navy, which is what I studied at BYU. It's nice not
to go out to sea anymore, and my family is enjoying it, too, amazingly. I'm not sure
how they put up with me, but they do. Along with my job and church callings, I've been
working on an MBA in the evenings. Soon I'll be taking the Professional Engineers' exam,
which I'm studying for now. It's a real challenge to get everything done. I'm sure you
all know what I mean.
|David Hovorka (1977-1979) (Jugoslavia) wrote:I spent 3 months in the Austria-Vienna
Jug Mission and then 4 of us Jug Missionaries were shipped off to the Fatherland to open up
the Jug program in Munich. Both Austria and Munich were missions were sweet! I have spent
the last 16 years making DNA and drugs for biotech and pharmaceutical companies. My wife,
Thia and I have been married for nearly 25 years now and are loving every minute of it. We
have just moved from our home state of Wisconsin to Ohio. Our oldest son (David Jon 23)
served his mission in the Utah Salt Lake City Mission and our only daughter (Milana 21) got
married in June of 2002. Our other 3 boys, Merik 18, Brendan 17, and Ian 13 are at home,
going to school, playing hoops, guitar, play station and all that other stuff boys do.I still
keep in touch with Eric Anderson and Evan Whitaker.
|Brian D. Jensen (1995-1997) wrote:I went to school at Ricks College and then moved to Utah. I lived there
for almost two years. While there I met my wonderful wife on a blind date.
We were Married in the Timpanogas Temple and moved to Washington State. We
have been here for two years and love it very much. Please visit my website
|Niel Jensen (1987-1989) wrote:I've been a 5th and 4th grade teacher in Lancaster,
Southern California for the last 7 years. It's been a great experience. I'm our ward mission
leader right now and I'm convinced that there is no better calling in the church. Jannae
and I have four kids: Rachael 7, Adam 5, Samuel 2, and Serina 1 month. I met Jannae, who
is from Southern Utah, at BYU in Januarty of 1990. We married in the Jordan River Temple in
December of 1990. It would be great to hear from old mission friends.
|Shane Kelly (1991-1993) wrote:My wife (Sariah) and I live in Lehi, UT with our 3 (soon
to be 4) children, Robbie (5), Nicole (3), Michael (1). I work at a local software company.
We recently bought a house in Lehi right next door to my mother-in-law. The kids love being
so close to Grandma, and I don't mind the cookies either :). I'd love to hear from anyone I
served with firstname.lastname@example.org
|Wilhelm Kemendics (1967-1969) wrote:I´ve been on my mission from 1967 to 1969. And I
still live in Austria .. one of the few natives..... Now, I´m a member of Wien 5. Living in
Deutsch Wagram which has ( including some smaller nearby places ) the most members per square
mile in all of Austria.
|Nikki Law (now Jackson) (1991-1993) wrote:After my mission I finished at a Jr. College
in California. Then decided to finish my education at the University of Utah. There I met my
husband, Scott Jackson. We were married January 20th, 1996 in the San Diego Temple. Scott finished
his degree in 1996 and I finish in 1997. We now live in West Jordan, UT and have two beautiful
daughters, Regan,4, and Hali, 11 months. Scott is a computer programmer and I get to be home with
my girls. I love my life and am grateful for the time I was able to spend spreading the gospel in
|Natalie LeMonnier (now Arnold) (1986-1987) wrote:My name is Natalie LeMonnier (now Arnold).
I served from 1986-1987. Got married in 1990 and now am the mother of 5 boys, ages 2,5,8,10,12.
We live in Southern California, love it, and I am currently a stay at home mom. You can visit my
website at this link: http://lemonnierfamily.com/Arnold/
(It includes pictures from my mission).
|Rachel Mabey (now LaBelle) (1992-1993) wrote:I returned from Austria in
December 1993 and married Curt LaBelle soon after (he waited). We then moved to New York City where
he attended Columbia medical School and I attended Rutgers to receive a Master of Fine Arts
in acting. After five years in NYC, we recently moved to Los Angeles where I continue
to pursue the life of a struggling actor and Curt is doing is residency. We own a very
cute dog Delphi who loves to sing "This is My Beloved" from Kismet.
|Xaver Meier (1998-2000) wrote:As returned home a miracle happened and I got a job right away.
Guess you guys know what I'm taking about. It's a job as a carpenter. In our workshop there were many
pictures of less clothed women. Since I'm there, there is non anymore. It's cool thing. Oh well.
After two more years I can call myself a carpenter, and I will go to study some more years to become
an engenieer. I met the woman of my dreams, but usually you don't marry that one, so I enjoy the
single life some longer. Greetings from switzerland- The swiss cheese meier
|Chris Miner (1990-1992) wrote:My wife Angie and I live in New York where I am a
lawyer with a firm in NYC. We worked in their Frankfurt, Germany office for 18 months
and enjoyed being able to get back to Austria to see the old mission areas. We have
three cute little boys (Chandler, Jackson and Christopher) and I would love to hear
|Dennis Moore (1966-1968) wrote:Currently the President/CEO of a
Healthcare software company.
|Lise Moyes (now Christiansen) (1987-1988) wrote:After my mission, I
went back to BYU and majored in music. I was able to tour Taiwan, Hong Kong,
and mainland China with the BYU Wind Symphony a few months after I came home. I
graduated in 1991, intending to take a year off before starting grad school. Instead,
I met and married my wonderful husband, Nathan Christiansen. (He served in the Independance,
Missouri Mission.) We live in Orem, Utah. My husband is a multi-media programmer, specializing
in Internet/Java. He is currently working at Tahitian Noni International in their IS department.
He works in the same department as John Williams.
I am now a full-time Mom, as we were finally blessed with a beautiful baby boy last October. He
looks just like his Daddy. I love being a Mom, but find it extra challenging to be first time
Mom suddenly in middle age. (Now, just how do you cuddle a sick little guy while recovering from
gall bladder surgery yourself? Ouch, don't put your foot there.)
We both love to travel, and had a chance to go back to Austria in Sept. 99, and again in
May/June 2001. We are already planning our next trip.
|Mary Kay Neet (1977-1979) wrote:I recently spent a couple weeks with Schwester Steffi
Mayers and Margit Pilz from Linz. There were visiting in Clearwater, Fl and attended Schw.
Mayers' oldest daughter's baptism. I was amazed at how so many changes have taken place in Linz
and to know it had grown from a branch to two Wards! Margit's husband in now a Bishop in one
of the Wards.
|David Vernon Parker (1960-1963) wrote:My name is David Vernon Parker, and served
from October 1960 until May 1963 in the Austrian Mission. I was called from my home ward
in southeastern Idaho (Liberty Ward). I am now living in Riverside, California. My wife and
I have 6 children. I am currently serving as bishop of the Young Single
Adult ward here and have a lot of fun with over 200 super YSA members. This
is my third service as bishop, and have also served as stake president and
counselor, regional representative, counselor in full-time mission,
multi-region director of public affairs as well as lots of other fun
|Cindy Patey (now Brewer) (1987-1988) wrote:Returned from mission in Dec 1988.
Married Bruce Brewer in May 1989 (he waited). Finished Bachelor and Masters degrees
in German at BYU. Completed Doctorate in German Literature at the University of Utah.
Accompanied by her young family, she studied at the Humboldt University in Berlin for
one year (1997-1998) while on a Fulbright grant. Now works as professor of German at
BYU. Has four boys ages 4, 5, 7, 9. Pregnant and due in October of 1999. Husband, Bruce,
works at BYU as well and is currently pursuing a doctorate in counseling. He is also an
Air National Guard chaplain.
|Michael S. Pearson (1962-1965) wrote:After my mission I graduated from BYU in
1971 with a major in German, a minor in English and Art. I got a job teaching German,
English and Art at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California where I was the
Foreign Language Department Chairman for ten years. I completed my Masters Degree at
California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) in 1977 in Instructional Media. I got
a job in Ontario Oregon as a Media Specialist at Ontario High School and stayed there
for eight years. While there I completed my Administrative Certification through
University of Oregon and became a high school principal at Elgin High School, Elgin,
Oregon. We stayed there for three years. I then accepted the position of Media Director
for the Umatilla-Morrow ESD in Pendleton, Oregon and have been here for eight years. I
currently serve on the stake high council.
My wife, Ross-Anne Pearson is originally from Spokane, Washington. We met at BYU
and got married right after I graduated. She presently works with Sunridge Middle School
here in Pendleton, Oregon with the Special Education Classes. We have five great children.
Two have graduated from BYU, and our other three are at BYU completing their studies. So
far we have one married daughter and a second daughter seriously contemplating the deep
Life is good.
|Lex Price (1982-1983) wrote:Being caught in the era of the 18-month mission, I regret
not being able to stay in Austria longer. When I returned to my home in Utah, I earned a BS
in physics from Utah State University and then a MS in physics from the University of Utah.
I also studied German literature and got a minor in it. I still speak German today. Along the
way I married a beautiful convert lady from Ohio. We have three children and live in South
Carolina where I work as Quality Engineer manufacturing inplantable heart defibillators. I
have stayed active in the church and currently teach primary. My experience in Austria was
an anchor for the rest of my life. As I return with my family to Austria for Christmas of 2001,
I am anxious to instill in my children a taste of that experience so they will desire to serve
Oh and if Elder Wheeler checks in...You remember all those questions I asked you about
physics because you already had your degree? Turns out I was not just being polite, I really
|Kevin Remington (1998-2000) wrote: I am now living in Salt Lake City and going to the
'U' studying Middle Eastern Studies and learning Hebrew. I have now been married for two years
and am very happy. My wife, Kristen, is finishing her Masters next year (2004) in Occupational
Therapy. This year I also became a certified Massage Therapist and am building my practice as
an outcall therapist.
|Tammy Rindlisbacher (now Booth) (1986-1987) wrote:My name is Tammy Rindlisbacher
(now Booth). I served from June1986 to December 1987. I am living in Weiser, Idaho and
have 3 children and 1 on the way. My husband is a Landscape Contractor. I am a stay at
home mom and I love it.
|Don Roberts (1971-1973) wrote:My name is Don Roberts and I served in the Austria
Mission from 1971-1973. I recieved a law degree from the University of Idaho in 1976 and
I have been the city attorney for Lewiston, Idaho since 1987. I have three children, two
girls who are both married and a son currently serving in the Mexico Torreon Mission.
|Vesna Sokol (now Higham) (1983-1984) wrote:After the mission, I went to BYU
for a bit, then off to Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. I practised law for a
short time in Calgary, Alberta, then married Doug in 1994. We have three wonderful
boys: Dallin, David and Jacob (3, 2 and 1) and live in Red Deer - a sleepy, little
city about 1 hour north of Calgary. I've been a stay at home mom our whole marriage,
but will be starting a very limited little practice out of our basement this summer,
mostly real estate, wills etc. I would love to hear from anyone out there who
|Dawn Smith (now Walker) (1993-1994) wrote:It seems like a long time since
mission days until I read some of the other memories and alumni updates. It makes
me feel proud to read about the strong history of our mission and the strength of the
members who have helped so many missionaries through the years, more than we could
have realized while in Austria ourselves. I served first under President Reber and
his wife and then under President and Sister Swensen. I served in Wien III, Wien I,
Wiener Neustadt, and Graz. So much has happened since I returned home. Unfortunately,
I haven't kept in touch with many of the missionaries I served with. Being farther
away in California, that can be difficult at times. I hope that you are all doing well.
When I returned home from my mission in August 1994, I got a full time job and
continued my education at California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California. After
some time I became very active in the Young Adult Ward in a neighboring stake. I made
good friends and served as the Relief Society President. That was a wonderful and
It was through one of the young adult dances that I met my future husband, Ronald
Walker. We dated for about 2 1/2 years, during which time I finished my education,
achieving a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management, and Ron and I commuted one
hour each way to see each other on the weekends. I lived near Riverside with my family,
and he lived near Los Angeles. Isn't the regional dance program wonderful!?! In
March 1998 we married in the Los Angeles Temple and took an apartment in Riverside.
I'm working in Human Resources for a distributor in Orange County. My husband works
for an attorney service and has aspirations for law enforcement. No children yet, but
I think Heavenly Father has that plan under control. Family life and church callings
in Sunday School, Young Women's, and Priesthood have kept us cheerfully busy.
I would love to catch up or reminisce with anyone who would like to write.
|Randall Stiles (1976-1978) wrote:I returned to BYU after my release and
finished a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's in Child Development and
Family Relationships. Continued on at the University of Michigan to earn a doctorate
in Developmental Psychology in 1985. Have worked the past 12 years as a psychologist
for the State of Nevada doing therapy with children and families. I also teach part
time at UNLV in the Psychology Dept.
Met my wife Eileen at BYU and we have 6 wonderful children, two of whom are at BYU
now. My oldest son just returned from the Bolivia La Paz Mission in Feb. 2002. We have
lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Salt Lake City, Shawnee, Oklahoma, and Henderson, Nevada,
where we have been the past 12 years.
I don't see any old mission friends these days but it was fun to read a few of the
posts from people I knew. Ed Tolman's recounting of the Mormon Street Singers brought back
memories because I was fortunate to be able to direct the 1977 version of the Mormon Street
Singers the next year. I'm sure we weren't as good as the original but we had fun and were
also on the radio that year.
The sad news is one of my dear friends and mission companions (and best man at my
wedding), Blair Fenton, passed away about four years ago after a traffic accident in Salt
If you remember me drop me a line; I'd love to hear from you.
|Shayne Stokes (1991-1993) wrote:I returned from Austria in April 1993.
I met my wife shortly thereafter and we were married in the Salt Lake temple in
Sept 1994. I then completed my undergraduate degree in German and pre-med
requirements at the University of Utah and graduated in 1997. After that we moved
to Maryland where I went to medical school. After 4 years in Maryland we moved to
San Antonio, Texas where we currently live. Im now finishing up residency training
in Pediatrics, after which I plan on doing fellowship training in Pediatric
Cardiology. My wife (Allison) and I have 3 beautiful children. Hailie (6),
Joshua (4), and Ethan (3 weeks). We would love to hear from anyone who served
between 91' and 93'.
|David R. Swenson (1975-1977) wrote:Graduated from BYU and the University of
Wisconsin. Married, two children. Working for high tech firm in Boston.
|Julie Uppendahl (1998-2001) wrote:I served in Austria from 1998-2000.
I have graduated with a BA in English at the University of Oklahoma and am now
a graduate student in history at OU. I still enjoy showing off my mission photos.
Hey, I love you guys!!!
|Nils Richard Wesemeyer (1987-1989) wrote:Married to Nina and one daughter
(Golda born 97). Been into Breath works, (New Age), sales, studied computer design
(CD-ROM production etc). Now live at a slow pace, gardening a lot. Still write music
as hobby and planning on doing a CD-ROM about the mission.
|Ralph Whitaker (1967-1969) wrote:AFter marrying my beautiful wife
Ramona, I graduated from BYU in accounting with a CS minor, I went to work
on computers, and now I've started a computer software company in
Salt Lake City. I am currently living in South Jordan, Utah, and have had
children serving in the Italy Milan, France Marseille, and Brazil Belem
|David L. White (1982-1984) wrote:Currently, I am President of the
National Flag Foundation in Pittsburgh, PA. National Flag Foundation is a
national educational organization established from the Boy Scouts of America.
I have been married for 14 years to Cindy (White). We have 4 boys: Devin--age 13,
Nathan--age 11, Mitchell--age 9, Chandler--age 7; and one girl: Allison--age 5.
I graduated from BYU in 1987 with a bachelor's in international relations and
received a master's in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
I currently serve as bishop of the Pittsburgh 5th Ward.
|Matthew Whitney (1987-1989) wrote:I was married to Tanya Ivins in
February, 1996 in the Bountiful, Utah Temple.
|Lenore Wilcock (now Corey) (1991-1993) wrote:Life is good for me. I married
my first blind date, Jason Corey in May 1994. We live in our first home in West Jordan
and love it. We have two handsome boys, Joshua Logan 3 1/2 and Jacob Ian 9 mo. I am
blessed to be able to stay home with my two buddies and enjoy taking them camping and
water skiing. I do see a few people from the mission, but would love to see more. I miss
the memories, but absolutely love my life, my husband and my adorable kids!!!!
|Lora Williams (now Walker) (1987-1988) wrote:After the mission I became a
travel agent. In 1990 I married Aric Walker, then graduated from BYU
(BA, French) in 1991. We returned to the Pacific NW that year. My
husband found his niched in the mortgage industry and I decided I liked
being a homemaker. I also worked seasonally as a property tax
processor for the King County Treasury (Seattle), but stopped that when
we bought our first house in October 1997 in my husband's hometown of
Tacoma, WA. We are currently seeking to adopt a child and welcome any