Many members of the Church have been selected to carry the Olympic torch. Some are listed here; others have been featured in earlier editions. More will be featured in coming issues of the Church News.
Kristee Konesky, Orem 7th Ward, Orem Utah Sunset Heights Stake, was nominated by a friend from Iowa. Sister Konesky was in a car accident that threw two of her children out of the car, even though they were wearing seat belts. She was not expected to live and doctors decided to amputate her foot. However, they pieced her foot back together and after months of therapy she has the ability to walk. Also, her children survived the accident. "What could have been a fatal tragedy turned out to be a complete miracle and blessing," she said.
Donald C. Andrews, Edgemont 14th Ward, Provo Utah Edgemont Stake, a U.S. Army soldier for 30 years, was a pilot in the Vietnam War.
Larry McArthur, Elkins Ward, Fairmont West Virginia Stake, carried the torch Dec. 19 in Morgantown, W. Va. He said that he "was thrilled to be a small part of the Olympics and the Olympic spirit." He earned a bronze medal for his service in Vietnam.
Wilbur Braithwaite, 75, Manti 1st Ward, Manti Utah Stake, will carry the torch Feb. 5 in Manti, Utah. He received the Purple Heart after being wounded in Germany during WWII. A coach of basketball for 37 years and tennis for 51 years, he was inducted into the National Federation of High School Sports Hall of Fame and the National Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame.
Ted Potter, Millrun Ward, Idaho Falls Idaho Eagle Stake, ran in Idaho Falls on Jan. 26. A teacher of science, self-esteem and physical education for 37 years, he was nominated by some of the athletes he coaches.
Patricia Obray Burton, Rexburg 11th Ward, Rexburg Idaho Center Stake, was nominated for her service in the community. She is a cancer survivor.
Linda Clark Isom, Fiddler's Creek Ward, Layton Utah Holmes Creek Stake, was nominated by her husband, Jeff, for her courage and determination in recovering from injuries she received in an automobile accident two years ago.
Denise Hawkes, Country Creek Ward, Layton Utah Holmes Creek Stake, will carry the torch in Ogden, Utah on Feb. 7. She is a cancer survivor and has endured the death of two infant daughters. Her sister-in-law, Melanie, said she "is truly an inspiration and enriches the lives of all that know her."
Aimee Richards, Cascade Center Ward, Cascade Utah Stake, will carry the torch in central Utah. She was nominated because of her cheerful spirit and her willingness to serve the needs of others despite health challenges.
David Nielson, Deerfield Ward, San Antonio Texas Stake, is a heart surgeon who was nominated by a patient.
La Rue Miller, 91, Venice Ward, Richfield Utah Stake, will carry the torch Feb. 5 in Richfield, Utah. When he served a mission with Native Americans he arranged for donations of pipe and laid a water line to their reservation. Some of the people were living in tents. Brother Miller found more donations and built small homes to replace the tents. He hiked with his grandchildren until he was 90.
Arthur H. Welch, Mapleton 13th Ward, Mapleton Utah Stake, will carry the torch Feb. 5. He was nominated by his son, Jonathan, for his many years of service as a father, husband, school teacher and local service volunteer.
Kimber Simon Nielson, BYU 99th Ward, BYU 8th Stake, will carry the flame in Gunnison, Utah, on Feb. 5. She is studying health and nutrition and works at a women's gym. She enjoys helping people of all fitness levels reach their goals.
Troy Ogden, 14, Mountain Shadows 5th Ward, West Jordan Utah Mountain Shadows Stake, will carry the torch Feb. 8 in Salt Lake City. He was born with spina bifida and has endured more than 20 surgeries. He is grateful that something can help him walk and function better. His father, Kenneth, said, "As Troy carries the torch he will represent himself, his family, other kids with disabilities and his love for the Savior."
Marvin Stoutsenberger, Grandview East 7th Ward, Provo Utah Grandview East Stake, was nominated for his service with the Boy Scouts. His troop was one of the top 50 of the Church.
Fred E. Treece, Horizon Ward, Gilbert Arizona Stake, carried the torch Jan. 14 in Yuma, Arizona. He is involved with Boy Scouts and tries to stay physically active.
Barry Charles Beutler, 24, Centerville 20th Ward, Centerville Utah Canyon View Stake, will carry the torch Feb. 6 in Logan, Utah. He initiated a program at Utah State University that raises money for children's surgeries worldwide. He also helped deliver eye glasses to people in Mexico.
Jennie DeFriez, Park Avenue Ward, Logan Utah Stake, was nominated for her dedication to her students and for the service she gives to her community.
Stephen D. Kehoe, Sunridge Ward, Henderson Nevada Warm Springs Stake, carried the torch Jan. 15 in Beverly Hills, Calif. He served 28 years with the Los Angeles Police Department and was awarded the medal of valor for taking two shots while saving a 12-year-old girl. He was a captain during the Vietnam War.
Laurie Rohrbach, Eaton Branch, Dayton Ohio Stake, carried the torch Jan. 3. She is a volunteer firefighter, an emergency medical technician, and works for the police department.
Ali Stay, Sunset Heights 8th Ward, Orem Utah Sunset Heights Stake, will pass the torch to her mother, Dalita Stay. When the torch is passed "it will be symbolic of the goodness and love that have been passed from mother to daughter." Both women are active in volunteering to assist in poverty alleviation efforts around the world.
JaNell Stephenson, Nephi 4th Ward, Nephi Utah North Stake, will carry the torch Feb. 5. She was born with Struge-Weber Syndrome, a neurological disorder. She has had many operations and challenges, but she never complains. "JaNell is loved by many and she has touched the lives of others and is a great inspiration to all who know her."
Kim Mosoff, Cottonwood 2nd Ward, Salt Lake Big Cottonwood Stake, was nominated because she always contributes her time and talents to those in need.
Peter Forsgren, Oneida Branch, Utica New York Stake, served as a guardian of the flame during the Syracuse, N.Y. run, accompanying 11 torchbearers. He was nominated by branch members for service to his family, community and Church while his son suffered with leukemia.
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