People in the Church


Mary Beth Carr of the Cameron Ward, Liberty Missouri Stake, has won the 1993 Farm Bureau Outstanding Home Economist Award. Sister Cameron, second counselor in the Cameron Ward Relief Society presidency, also has received the University of Missouri Extension Association's Meritorious Service Award. She is involved in a wide range of programs including rural health, parenting, nutrition for the elderly, child care, and economic development. She also provided leadership for the Harrison County Citizens for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

Kathryn D. Jorgensen, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at BYU, has won an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Charles T. Main Student Section Award. The award, named for a former president of ASME, recognizes the leadership and service of ASME student members. She will receive a bronze medal at the society's Winter Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La., Nov. 28-Dec. 3, for her leadership as Student Section chairman "while improving communications between student sections on the regional level and performing outstanding community service." ASME is a worldwide organization that includes 23,000 student members. Sister Jorgensen is currently National Student Section Chapter junior representative for her region. She is a member of the BYU 75th Ward, Brigham Young University 8th Stake.


Robert Ensign White, 18, was one of 17 students in the United States to achieve a perfect score of 1,600 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test this year. More than one million students take the SAT annually. Robert, a 1993 graduate of Lewisville (Texas) High School, also scored a perfect 36 on the American College Test (ACT) test. While in high school, he was president of the National Honor Society and was named Denton (Texas) Area Youth Leader of the Year. He was also one of 10 finalists for the National Youth Leader of the Year and made the 20-member Texas All-State Academic Team. He is a priest in the Coppell Ward, Lewisville, Texas Stake, and had perfect attendance in four years of early-morning seminary. He is currently a French and math major at the University of Oklahoma.

Lindsay Bennett, an eighth grader at the Lakeshore Middle School in Florida, won a trip to Washington, D.C., last summer after scoring 97 percent in the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills. She is a member of the Belle Glade Branch, West Palm Beach Florida Stake. Lindsay is currently student council president in her school and participates in varied activities such as school band and drama club. Lindsay has served as Primary secretary and Beehive class president.


Myron Sanders of the Basalt Ward, Firth Idaho Stake, has earned an Editors' Choice Award from the National Library of Poetry. His entry was judged to be in the top 3 percent of all entries in the poetry contest. Brother Sanders, 79, has written several poems and has had a novel published. He also enjoys writing letters and painting pictures.


Augusto Martinez Perez, president of the Brazil Ribeirao Preto Central Stake, has won accolades in legal and governmental circles for his new book, Reabilitacao Penal No Direito Brazileiro (reforming the Brazilian penal code). The book's message, which is based on the gospel principles of repentance, love and forgiveness, seeks to explain ways to humanize criminal rehabilitation in order to return many of the condemned to productive lifestyles. Pres. Perez has written other highly regarded articles and books on the criminal justice system in Brazil. He is currently district attorney of Ribeirao Preto.

Douglas Faamatala Roberts, 13, served as Governor for a Day on Oct. 15 in American Samoa after winning an essay contest. He is president of his deacons quorum in the Mapusaga 1st Ward, Pago Pago Samoa West Stake. There were 109 participants in the essay contest who wrote on the theme: "Why I should be governor of American Samoa." In his essay, Douglas said his first priority as governor would be the education system. A student at Pavaiai Elementary School, he likes to play basketball, baseball and football. Melvin Taua, 12, a member of the Mesepa International Ward, Pago Pago Samoa West Stake, did well enough in the essay contest to earn a spot on Douglas' cabinet.

Pat and Julee Brady of the Citrus Heights Ward, Mesa Arizona Red Mountain Stake, are the first winners of the "America's Perfect Couple" contest, an event started to provide positive role models and information about marriage. Brother and Sister Brady won the Arizona title after a friend entered them in the contest. They have been married 16 years. The national contest was held at Houston, Texas, in October.


Vanessa Munns of the BYU 158th Ward, Brigham Young University 2nd Stake, was crowned Miss Utah USA in October and will compete for the national Miss USA title in February. At the state pageant, she was also selected as Miss Photogenic. She is a junior at BYU, majoring in vocal performance. The oldest of 13 children, Vanessa is from Longwood, Fla.


David R. Free of the Union 31st Ward, Sandy Utah Cottonwood Creek Stake, was elected chairman of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) at the group's annual management conference this month. Brother Free is founder, president and chief executive officer of Utah-based UW Freight lines, Inc. As the highest elected officer of the ATA, he will spend time during his term traveling the county and speaking before industry and civic groups about the role of trucking in America's economy.


Alison Jones recently received a Presidential Award for her contribution to the Teens Talking to Teens crisis line in Mesa, Ariz. Alison, a Beehive in the Mesa 60th Ward, Mesa Arizona East Stake, has volunteered her time to the crisis line since March and earned the award for serving for more than 200 hours. The award was presented at a Youth Service Day in October.

Debbie W. Preece of the Farmington 20th Ward, Farmington Utah North Stake, was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Alliance of the American Dental Association (AADA). She will chair the Credentials Committee during the group's 1994 meetings in New Orleans, La. The AADA is a national organization for spouses of dentists and conducts community programs to promote dental health. Sister Preece, president-elect for the Alliance to the Utah Dental Association, is also active in Girl Scouts. Her husband, Terry, is a Layton, Utah, dentist.


Michelle Lindsey Hill, 12, took first place for the second year in a row in the Arts and Crafts Exhibit at the National Peanut Festival. She entered a carousel horse "quillow" in the exhibit during the festival's 50th anniversary in Dothan, Ala. She hand-quilted the pillow front and tied the quilt that folds up inside. Last year, her "Around the World" quilt won first place and grand prize. Michelle lives in Fort Rucker, Ala., and is a Beehive in the Ozard Ward, Dothan Alabama Stake. She is also active on a Fort Rucker gymnastics team, a member of a jazz dance performance team and plays in her school band.


Garrett Stephenson of the Westminster Ward, Frederick Maryland Stake, was co-recipient of the Palmer Prize, awarded to the top minor league pitcher in the Baltimore Orioles' organization. Stephenson, 21, received the award at the Orioles' annual awards luncheon in Baltimore. He was 16-7 with a 2.84 earned run average in 30 games for the Class A Albany Polecats. He pitched 171 innings and struck out 147 while hurling three shutouts.

Crystal Smith, a 12-year-old gymnast, joined three other gymnasts and four coaches for two weeks of training in Moscow, Russia, during August. Crystal, a Beehive in the Decatur Ward, Huntsville Alabama Stake, represented Alabama at the training program in Russia. She enjoyed learning about the culture of the Russian people and stayed with a Russian family. She also placed two copies of the Book of Mormon with people she met there. Crystal was chosen to go to Russia after competing with the Alabama State Development Team in international competition at Toronto, Ontario. She is a level 9 gymnast in the United States Gymnastics Federation.

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