During our week long stay at the MTC (Missionary
in Provo, we
met many people - some our trainers and some missionaries going to various
parts of the world. We were amazed at
how many people we met with whom we had common ties.
Here is a list of some of them:
- Tami Rains – Waited on us at the post office = She
lived in our ward when I served as Bishop in Renton.
- Boyd Jarman – MTC class
teacher = He played basketball with relative Don Malmrose at BYU many years ago.
- Fred and Laurel Leavitt – Senior
couple missionaries = We knew them when we lived at UCLA as college
students. I was the ward clerk to
her father who was Bishop of the UCLA ward.
At the time, they lived in Granada Hills and did for many years,
then recently moved to St. George, Utah.
They were called to serve in the same mission as ours and at the
same time. They will be serving on
of Grenada whose
capital is St. George.
- David Madsen - Counselor in MTC presidency = His
brother, Paul Madsen, is our doctor in Kent
and who also lives in our Kent
- Brother and Sister Skousen –
Senior couple missionaries = They were called to
serve as auditors for the area which includes our West
Because he does not speak French, I will probably assist him when
he comes to Guadeloupe.
- Brother and Sister Williams – Senior
couple missionaries = He served as Bishop in Mount Vernon and knows our friend Bishop
Call. He also went to school at
UCLA and received his Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering in the same
month and year as did I. We must
has met and had common classes, but we don’t remember.
- Edison Tipan – missionary =
He was brought in to the Church by Brother Joseph in Chicago, who later
was our High Priest Group Leader in the Kent 5th ward.
- Elder Robinson – supervisor of senior missionary
couples = Served a full time mission in France a couple of years after I
did. He remembers Roger Vincent
- President Robison – West Indies Mission President =
Served a full time mission in France about 10 years after I
did. He remembers being in the Paris mission home
when Yvon and Roger Vincent came to repaint the mission home.
- Brother and Sister Christensen – Senior
couple missionaries = Knows Bishop Roger Malmrose. Although we don’t know him, we believe
that he descends from my great grandfather Bengt
- Hal Cirsinc - Senior missionary = He was an attorney many years ago
in Los Angeles
and knew of my father. He also was
the attorney for Mr. Keck in Beverly Hills
who let us use his suite of rooms at the top of the Mapes
Hotel in Reno
for our honeymoon.
but not least:
- Arnold and Joanne Miller – Senior
couple missionaries called to Bordeaux, France = When I served on my mission in Nancy, France,
there was an Arnold Miller who served in the same city at the same
time. I really enjoyed him. His companion was Howard Gilstrap, who later went to UCLA at the same time that
I did and we knew each other back then.
Years later, I had heard that Elder Miller had become quite sick
and died. Because he was a good
friend in Nancy,
this saddened me. I reflected on
this several times over the years.
In fact, during visits to the Vincent families in France in
recent years, they asked if I had any news of his whereabouts, and I sadly
reported that he had died. At the
opening session in the MTC for the senior couples, they announced that
Elder Miller would give the opening prayer. I thought that this was odd that there
was a man with the same name going to France who would give the
prayer. After the opening hymn, he
stood up to go to the stand. It was
the same Elder Miller with whom I had served in Nancy 45 years ago! And he wasn’t dead after all. What a thrill this was for me. We got together many times during the
week and talked over old times. He
asked where I had heard that he died, but I could not recall.