People in the Church


Jeff Lenahan, 17, a priest in the Enterprise Ward, La Grande Oregon Stake, was one of 15 students selected from the Pacific Northwest to have his research results published in "Research Spectrum: The Northwest Journal of Student Science." He did a study of radon gas for his research where he monitored several buildings with the aid of a computerized monitor.

Richie McGuire recently attended the Hugh O'Brien Leadership Youth Foundation Seminar. More than 200 high school sophomores from California attended the conference. He is a member of the Crows Landing Ward, Turlock California Stake.

Marta Cannon, a member of the Rockford 1st Ward, Rockford Illinois Stake, has been selected to be a student ambassador through the People to People Student Ambassador program founded by Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. She is one of 32 students to go to Russia for three weeks this summer.

Robert E. White has been named a finalist in the 1993 United States Presidential Scholars Program. Presidential Scholars include one young man and one young woman from each state and are selected by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. He is a member of the Coppell Ward, Lewisville Texas Stake.

Brooke Ann Lawson, 16, recently took first place at a Vocational Industrial Clubs of America 16th Annual State Leadership Conference and Skill Olympics speech competition. She will compete in the national VICA competition this month in Kentucky. Brooke is a member of the Oxford Ward, New Haven Connecticut Stake.

Ann-Marie Francis of the Marysville 1st Ward, Marysville Washington Stake, has been elected president of the Washington State Future Homemakers of America/

HERO organization. She will attend the FHA national convention later this year in Anaheim, Calif., representing her state.


Robert William Wood, a member of the Orchard 13th Ward, North Salt Lake Utah Stake, was elected national chairman of The Athletics Congress (TAC) men's long distance running. He was elected at the national convention of TAC, recently renamed USA Track & Field.

Kenneth Lucas Vehikite placed first in the heavyweight division of the Indiana State Powerlifting Competition. In the squat he lifted 550 pounds, 400 pounds in the bench press, and 530 pounds in the deadlift for a total of 1,480 pounds. He is 18 and a member of the Elwood Branch, Indianapolis Indiana North Stake.

Nathan A. Scott, 13, is among 36 players selected to play on the United States East-West Soccer Team this summer. The team will play against leagues in Holland, Italy, Germany and Austria. He is a deacon in the Colonial Hills 1st Ward, Salt Lake Hillside Stake.

Stephanie Parry of the St. Charles 1st Ward, St. Louis Missouri North Stake, placed fourth on floor exercise in the Missouri Gymnastics Finals.

Brad Mehalko, a member of the Picture Butte Ward, Fort Macleod Alberta Stake, is captain of a hockey team which won the Western Canadian Bantam Hockey Championship.


Capt. Scott O. Hail, a member of the Clearfield 1st Ward, Clearfield Utah Stake, has been awarded the Airman's Medal from the U.S. Air Force for risking his life to save two children from drowning.

Community work

Jim Hardy, Foster City (Calif.) city manager, was named recipient of the John H. Nail Memorial Award, given annually by the League of California Cities. The award honors a municipal assistant whose contribution exemplifies the highest ideals of public service. Brother Hardy is a member of the Hillsdale Ward, San Francisco California Stake.

Dixie R. Clifford was named commissioner of the year by the Los Angeles Basin Parks and Recreation Commissioners Association, which has 105 member cities. She recently moved from California and is now a member of the Northridge 1st Ward, Orem Utah Northridge Stake.

Jack Ady, a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Canada, was recently named Minister of Advanced Education and Career Development for the Province of Alberta. He has represented the Cardston constituency since first being elected in 1986. He is a member of the Cardston 4th Ward, Cardston Alberta Stake.


Reed Fisher, San Clemente 2nd Ward, Laguna Niguel California Stake, has won an international illustration and design contest sponsored by Corel Corporation of Ottawa, Ontario. The yearly million dollar competition is open to users of Corel Draw, a desktop design and illustration software program.

Two pianists from Idaho Falls were invited to compete at the national level of the Music Teacher's National Association after winning first place at state and division competitions. Joseph Fifield, a member of the Idaho Falls 18th Ward, Idaho Falls Idaho North Stake, placed first in competition for junior high students and Aaron McClaskey, a member of the Idaho Falls 32nd Ward, Idaho Falls Idaho Lincoln Stake, won the the high School competition. Each young man is among the top seven pianists in the nation in his category.


J. Howard Van Boerum, a member of the Monument Park 12th Ward, Monument Park Utah North Stake, was named "Engineer of the Year" for 1993 by the Utah Engineers Council. Brother Van Boerum is president and CEO of Van Boerum & Frank Associates, Inc., the firm that designed such buildings as the Primary Children's Medical Center and the Hotel Utah remodel project.

Steve Nettle of the Amarillo 1st Ward, Amarillo Texas Stake, was the recent recipient of a national sales award from Howmedica orthopedic equipment suppliers. He is a medical representative for the firm's Albuquerque, N.M., office. He was recognized for having the greatest sales increase in the company's western region.

Neal P. Stowe of the Wasatch 4th Ward, Salt Lake Wasatch Stake, was recently elected president of the National Association of State Facilities Administrators, whose members are senior facility administrators directing design, construction and maintenance for all types of state facilities. Brother Stowe recently served as chairman of the National Committee for Public Architecture of the American Institute of Architects.

Ryan D. Morrison, a member of the Hillcrest 6th Ward, Sandy Utah Hillcrest Stake, has been named the National Outstanding High School Entrepreneur. Ryan, 16, owns and operates his own home and business security company. He was awarded a four-year full tuition scholarship to attend Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I.

Don Aslett, a member of the Marsh Creek Ward, McCammon Idaho Stake, was selected 1993 Idaho Business Leader of the Year by Idaho State University. He is owner of a nationwide cleaning firm, an author, speaker and TV/radio celebrity.

Two LDS businessmen have been elected president and president-elect of Monument Builders of North America, an association of retailers, quarriers and manufacturers in the memorial industry. David E. Bott, a member of the Morgan 2nd Ward, Morgan Utah Stake, was elected president. Jeffrey L. Anderson, a member of the Austin Ward, Rochester Minnesota Stake, is president-elect.


Richard Boyd Passey, a member of the Edmond Ward, Oklahoma City Oklahoma Stake, has been named outstanding clinical chemist in education by the American Association of Clinical Chemistry.

Gordon Purrington, a member of the Albany Ward, Albany New York Stake, is serving as the 58th president of the New York State School Boards Association. He is an assistant professor of educational administration and policy at the State University of New York at Albany.

Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, a member of the Woodinville 3rd Ward, Bothell Washington Stake, has been selected as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar with a two-year appointment at the European Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Engineering in Toulouse, France. He will be on academic leave from Boeing Computer Services Research and Technology Division during his time in France.


Rose Davies of the Hamer Ward, Roberts Idaho Stake, celebrated her 100th birthday June 2 with family and friends. She was born in Wattenwyle, Switzerland. She married Ben Davies and they had 10 children. Her husband and five of her children have died. She has 25 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren.

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