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Newport Beach Temple Photos 08 Aug 2005
Here are some links to photos of the Newport Beach Temple:


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Elder Brandon G. Thurber 15 Jun 2005
The following was a message I received from President and Sister Rasmussen.

Dear Missionaries:

It is with much regret that we inform you of the death of another of the 1999-2002 California Anaheim missionaries. Elder Brandon Thurber died Friday as a result of a motorcycle accident. We attended his funeral today and it was a very special occasion. His wife is a beautiful young woman and our love goes out to her.

We did not receive word of this accident until Sunday and were unable to get out notices before the funeral. However, several returned missionaries were in attendance. Below you will find his obituary and a newspaper report of the accident.

We love you missionaries so very much. Please be careful in all you do. May the Lord bless you always.

Much love.

President and Sister L. Neil Rasmussen

Motorcyclist dies in 12th St. crash

MARRIOTT-SLATERVILLE -- A West Haven man died Friday evening after his motorcycle collided with a car at the intersection of 12th Street and 1900 West.

Weber County Sheriff Lt. Jeff Malan said the man, who was in his mid-20s, was eastbound on 12th Street on a green light when he ran into a red Pontiac Grand Prix that was making a left turn to go south on 1900 West.

Malan said the man in the car said he saw the motorcycle, but thought he was going to turn.

The wreck happened at sunset, and Malan said the intersection has bad visibility at that time of day because of the angle of the setting sun.

The man in the Pontiac was shaken up, but not injured. The motorcyclist died at the scene. He was wearing a helmet.

Brandon G. Thurber

Brandon G. Thurber OGDEN - Brandon G. Thurber, 24, passed away Friday, June 10, 2005 at McKay-Dee Hospital. He was born December 7, 1980 in Ogden, Utah, the son of Alan Kay and Lynnette Gibson Thurber. He graduated from Fremont High School in 1999. On May 3, 2002 he married his sweetheart, Shambree McFarland in the Bountiful L.D.S. Temple. He was a member of the West Weber 3rd Ward. He served in the California Anaheim Mission. He loved to ride his bike and passed away doing what he loved. He had his concealed weapons instructors license and enjoyed teaching. He also enjoyed working on his grandfather's farm and was happiest when he was busy working. Brandon had his own lawn care business, Grass Blades. He loved life to the fullest and lived life in the fast lane. He is survived by his wife, Shambree; his parents, Alan and Lynnette Thurber of West Weber; in-laws, Jeff and Lori Lewis of North Ogden and Richard and Jenifer McFarland of West Haven. He is also survived by one brother and three sisters, Casey Ryan (Alice) Thurber, Camilla (Michael) Adams, Jennie (Tyson) Smith, Elizabeth Thurber and four nieces and one on the way, whom he loved very much. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 11 a.m. at the West Weber L.D.S. 3rd Ward, 4100 W. 900 S., West Weber with Bishop Gene Atkinson officiating. Family and friends may call at Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd., Ogden on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment, West Weber Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up in Brandon's name at any America First Credit Union branch. Send condolences to the family at
Published in the Standard-Examiner from 6/13/2005 - 6/14/2005.
Todd G. Barlow Send Email
Pictures from Grant 2005 Reunion 14 Jun 2005
Interested Sisters and Elders from the Grant era:

I, Tracie Grant Finley, have posted some pictures from the recent reunion. If I have mislabeled any, kindly let me know (and please forgive any errors). President and Sister Grant knew everyone at the reunion, and could probably label the pictures better, but the pictures reside on my computer. :) President Grant had a wonderful time chatting with each former Elder and Sister. We hope everyone else enjoyed things as much as the Grant family did! Thanks for your efforts-- especially Elder Calder.

Tracie Grant Finley
Charles M. Grant Send Email
June 12 Farmington,Utah Reunion ! 14 Jun 2005
Aloha Guys,

Can ya please give uz an update on the reunion at Farmington on June 12th with the Grants ! If ya have any pictures please post on the Mission site ! Sister Asay Emailed said Elders Calder, Lamping,Lepray,Stanger and David Olson also Sister Barbara Knight. Hmmm ! Now let see some pictures wil ya !
Beau Amarasekara Send Email
Newport Beach California Temple 22 Mar 2005
For those interested, the Newport Beach Temple's open house will begin for the public on July 23rd and run through August 20. The dedication will be August 28 and there will be 4 sessions of the dedication. Now our members FINALLY have a temple of their own. If you want some pictures, look at's temple site or
Todd G. Barlow Send Email
Grant reunion attendees ! 20 Oct 2004
Here's President & Sister Grant's attendee list at their reunion in October 2004:
Sisters: McMillan,Whipple,Lewis,Knight, Pidakala, Melanie Ashby, Jeppson, Poulson.
Elders: Calder, Stanger, Bill Tippets, Michael Asay, Randall, LaFonatiane,Wall, Monroe, Weinberg,Speight, Matt Jones, Naegle, Barney,David Olson, James Fleugel and most had spouses. Elders Layne Packer, David Wilde and Les Barber called The Grant's.
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Shelly Barton 20 Oct 2004
From President McDonald:

Sister Shelly Barton [Anaheim Mission 1996-1997] passed away October 15, 2004 from complications associated with cancer [Myasthenia Gravis]. Shelly will be remembered by all who served with her for her cheerful disposition, her love of others, and her testimony and love of the Lord. During a relatively short time in mortality, she accomplished many things and had a far reaching influence for good.

Shelly Ann Barton was born 28 September 1975 in Ontario, Malheur, Oregon. Her parents are A. Lynn Barton and Georganna Kay Wynn Barton. Shelly was raised on a farm near Ontario, Oregon and is the third of five children (three brothers, Chad, Alan and Tyler and one sister, Jenny).

Shelly graduated from Ontario High School in 1993 and entered BYU the same year. She attended BYU for three years and then served a mission in Anaheim, California for eighteen months. After returning from her mission she completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology.

Shelly was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis a short time after completing her mission. She had surgery to remove her thymus gland, only to find it was malignant. Chemotherapy stabilized her condition, but two years later it returned. Shelly has seen miracles in her life through the power of the Priesthood and much fasting and prayer.

In the spring of 2002, Shelly moved to the Portland, Oregon area where she
obtained a job and planned to work part-time on a master’s degree in speech pathology. However, the cancer returned again and required additional radiation treatments. Although Shelly always tried to appear healthy and active, her health and strength slowly declined. However, she was never one to complain about her problems and remained stalwart and faithful.

During the past few months, she became gravely ill with a respiratory problem, was in and out of the hospital several times, and on 15 October 2004 she passed away after being in intensive care for about two weeks.

Those who know Shelly remember her as being without guile, happy, loving family and friends, a hard worker, organized, kind, and thoughtful. Shelly had the ability to find a silver lining in the most difficult circumstances. She loved her Savior and studied his teachings every day. Shelly has set an example and legacy of love which edified all who knew her.

Those who would like to share special memories of Shelly can send them to Shelly’s parents at 811 Northwest Park Blvd, Ontario, Oregon, 97914 or to President McDonald ( and he will compile and forward them.
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Sister Barton 19 Oct 2004
For those of you that served with Sister Barton, Predident McDonald wanted all who knew and served with her to know that she passed away last Friday, Oct. 15 . Shelly (Sister Barton) had been battling cancer for the past few years. I know she had many friends in the mission that loved her. She was always so sweet and fun and a fantastic missionary. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Oct. 22 in Ontario, OR.
dianne mcbride Send Email
Pres Grant reunion 18 Oct 2004
I'm also wondering if anyone has any pictures or information about the reunion.

I was looking at the photo of the mission reunion 85. I think it must be summer 84.
Kenney Wood Send Email
Pres Grant reunion 18 Oct 2004
I'm also wondering if anyone has any pictures or information about the reunion.

I was looking at the photo of the mission reunion 85. I think it must be summer 84.
Kenney Wood Send Email
Grant Reunion ! 04 Oct 2004
Aloha Folks,
Can anyone report on the reunion at Pres: & Sis: Grants on Friday ? How many showed up and who ? Pleez ?

Aloha From Sunny Laie,Hawaii today, North Shore surf has arrived Sunset Beach 6 feet & Banzai Pipeline @ 6-8 feet with high at 85 degs. Sunny all Day !
Ahue Ho & Mahalo's !
Beau Amarasekara Send Email
George Salgado serving a mission in Quito, Ecuador 22 Sep 2004
I just wanted to let all returned missionaries that served in the Fullerton 6th ward (Spanish) know that George Salgado went to the mtc today. He will be serving in the Quito, Ecuador mission. He was so excited today as I picked him up at the airport and then took him to the mtc. He is so excited to share the gospel with the people of Ecuador. I hope that everyone is doing well. Cuidate
Cody Molyneaux
Cody Molyneaux Send Email
Chambers Reunion? 22 Sep 2004
Will President Chambers or missionaries from 1990-1993 be having any kind of Reunion this year? Just wondering. We had one just after I go home, but I haven't heard of another since.
Jenn Gee Send Email
Rasmussen Reunion 21 Sep 2004
Dear Returned Missionaries from the California Anaheim Mission:

A missionary reunion for all California Anaheim missionaries serving from July 1999 to July 2002 (Rasmussen Group) will be held Friday, October 1, 2004 at the Brighton 2nd Ward Chapel. The address is 2561 E. Bengal Blvd. (7800 South and 2561 East) Salt Lake City, Utah. The time will be 7:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. We have not met in this building before. It is called "the middle building" among the Stake people because it sits between two other chapels on Bengal Blvd. and it is white in color.

Please bring your special “goodie” to share with us.

We sincerely hope all of you can attend.

Regretfully, we report the passing of Elder Spencer Whipple who died of a serious blood disease and the untimely passing of Sister Kirsten Esmiol (Spanish speaking) from an automobile accident in Nevada. She was on her way to visit people she taught in the Anaheim Mission. We send our love and condolences to their families.

We look forward to seeing each of you and catching up on “the latest happenings” in your lives.

Please pass this information along as we do not have addresses for everyone.

We love you and care about you and look forward to seeing all of you.

The Rasmussens
Justin Young Howell Send Email
Rassmussen Reunion? 20 Sep 2004
Is anyone aware of a reunion with President Rassmussen? I did not serve under him, but since President Moffitt is still out in the field, I would most likely know a few people that served under President Rassmussen. I hope to see those of you I served with :)

~Susan Anderson
Susan Garcia Send Email
getting married 17 Sep 2004
hey i j ust thought yall might like to know that i asked my girlfriend to marry me on sat 11 sept 2004 she said yes but i dont have many details to telly ou so ill be sure and keep you posted
John Cunningham
John Gwynn Cunningham Send Email
Grant Reunion 16 Sep 2004
There will be a reunion at President and Sister Grant's home in Farmington, Utah this year!!! If I recall correctly, the details are as follows:

Date: October 1, 2004
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please contact Sister Grant for details.

Her email is

As soon as she gets a password for this site, she will get the information on the reunion page.


Tracie Grant Finley
Tracie Grant Finley Send Email
October 2005 16 Aug 2004
This is to all the RM's and SRM'd that served with President and Sisiter Van Alfen.

I have the opportunity to be in Utah in October 2005 and felt that it would be a fantastic chance to see folk from my mission. I was over at Christmas 98 and spent time with the Van Alfen's and found it to be just wonderful. So what I need to know is who could be in Utah for conferance weekend and would be interested in getting together for a reunion.

It will be almost 20 years since I hit the will be fantastic to see how we all turned out.

Let me know by Email.
Janet Smart Send Email
Sad News 09 Jun 2004
Just to let the RM's and SRM's that served in 84/85 know that (Elder) Gary Magee from England died on Tuesday 2nd June 2004. I didn't serve with him as I hit the mission in November 85 after he left but he is from my stake here in England. His funeral will be held on Friday 11th June 2004. I will attend and think of the Mission and all the good things that he did there.
Janet Smart Send Email
Looking for some companions 18 Feb 2004
If any knows how to get ahold of any of these missionaries please e-mail me. I would like to say hello to them.
John Seraydarian
Eric Harper
Peter Clark
Heath Braby

Brian Andrew Rice Send Email
Looking for 08 Dec 2003
I have done a terrible job of keeping in contact with people but here are the ones I am looking for:98-2000

Elder Bowman
Elder Paventy
Elder Carney
Elder McLaughlin
Elder TN Moffitt
Elder Levy
Elder Aho
Elder Wilson

I am sure there are a ton more, but I can barely remember my comps anymore. I have kept up with Sperry, Hogan, Matavao, and Brewer if anyone wants to get a hold of them. Hogan is my roomate here in SLC
Joshua W Brown Send Email
Derek's Mission Call 17 Oct 2003
I am thrilled to hear of your mission call, especially to the California Anaheim Mission. I served there from 1986-1988. You are going to meet some very wonderful people. Members of the Church there are very helpful. My experiences were great. They did more for me than I ever did for them. You will thoroughly fall in love with the area and the people. I served English speaking but knew several of the Spanish speaking Elders/Sisters. God speed on your mission.
Mark Winters Oakes Send Email
g'day 07 Oct 2003
Elder Philip Baker (CSM '66-'68) wishes to say hello to anyone who would remember a bloke from down-under. I served in Fullerton (Doug Sharp, William Juhasz), Upland (David Stevens, Stephen Kendall) Garden Grove (Dan Carter, Wayne Childs) San Berd. (Doug Wells) El Cajon (Joseph Jacobsen) and Arizona for my last 6 months . My email address is pbaker - fond regards PHIL BAKER
Philip Baker Send Email
New Site 25 Sep 2003
Thanks for visiting the new site. If you have questions just send them through the webmaster link above.

If you were already registered on the old site, your info should still be here but probably needs some editing. Find your profile by putting your last name in after clicking "Alumni", then click on your name when it appears in the list. Then click "Edit Profile," and finally, "Request Password" You should get an email shortly after as long as we have your current address on file. If not, ask me.

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