At Home Everywhere

In Floyd and Catherine Hogan’s kitchen hangs a map covering the entire surface of one wall.

It bristles with colored pins, and below the map a small legend reads: “Blue—Hogans lived here. Red—Hogans visited here. Green—Military service here. Yellow—Sister Hogan traveled here on Young Women assignments.”

A life of travel began for Floyd Hogan as result of his lifelong fascination with flying. During World War II, he flew training missions with the 822d Airborne Division, dropped paratroops during the invasion of Sicily, flew supplies to Naples, flew paratroopers to Salerno Beach; and on 6 June 1944—better known as D day—he delivered troops to Normandy.

Following the war, Floyd and Catherine were married, and he accepted a regular commission in the U.S. Air Force, which brought him assignments around the globe. “The entire time we were in the military,” says Catherine, “we were always busy in the branches of the Church.”

In 1968, the Hogans retired and returned to Utah, where Floyd went into business, until their call to administer Church welfare services to refugees in Thailand. They were then asked to extend their eighteen-month mission to a three-year term so that Brother Hogan could serve as the new president of the Thailand Bangkok Mission.

Again in 1985, they had a similar experience with a new calling when asked to serve as temple workers in the Manila Philippines Temple. But shortly after their arrival, another phone call changed their assignment, and they served for three years as the temple president and matron.

Floyd and Catherine are now serving as the ward mission leaders in the Bountiful Hills Ward, Bountiful Utah Central Stake. But there’s still plenty of room on that map for more pins!Elizabeth Friend, Garden Grove, California

[photo] Photo by Matthew Reier

Bridging Barriers

Growing up in North Carolina, Johnnie McKoy used to read his New Testament for half an hour to an hour at a time. His mother finally told him he was going to be a preacher. He said no, he just wanted to know what the scriptures said. He wanted to know who he really was.

Once he was married, he and his wife, Rejena, wanted to rear their children as members of a church. “I prayed for about four months, morning and night,” he explains. “I wanted the Lord to really take charge of my life.”

One day he came home and found that Rejena had invited the Latter-day Saint missionaries into his living room. “They said they were led to stop at my house and my house only, having driven around the neighborhood for about two hours.”

After listening to the first discussion, Johnnie and Rejena studied for about two years before they were baptized.

After his conversion, Johnnie “fell in love with missionary work.” He was eventually asked to serve as ward mission leader. “They said I was already doing the work, so they were just giving me the calling,” he says, smiling.

Currently Johnnie is a high councilor in the Greensboro North Carolina Stake. “The Church is what is going to change the world by coming into people’s lives,” he declares.Jessie L. Embry, Provo, Utah

A Century of Dedication

In 1932, Mary O. Cook was just shy of forty, had five children, and was a widow. Edwin, her husband of seventeen years, had passed away after an extended illness.

Undaunted, Mary met new challenges with faith. The financial and emotional burdens were almost more than she could bear at times, but she never wavered in practicing the truths she taught.

Prior to marriage Mary had taught school, and her love of learning and children enriched her own life as well as those around her. Known as Grandma Cook to relatives and neighbors alike, she instilled in others a thirst and appreciation for learning.

After her own children left home, Grandma Cook taught music and art in a remote Idaho ranch area. After she retired, she returned to her home in Caldwell, Idaho, where her teaching talents were utilized while she served as a seminary teacher. The five years she spent teaching seminary prepared her well for a mission call to Florida.

In 1990, Sister Cook, a member of the Holladay Fourteenth Ward, Salt Lake Holladay South Stake, was among seven women honored during the Idaho Centennial Celebration of Women for significant contributions to family, church, and community.Marie Hymas, Salt Lake City, Utah

Story Lady

Carol Rehme is an artist, but her medium is words, not paint, and her canvas the imagination of her listeners. “I paint pictures with words,” she says of her storytelling. Her “word pictures” have made Carol one of the most popular storytellers in her community of Loveland, Colorado.

With four children, Carol developed a repertoire of bedtime stories. Soon she discovered that she had a talent for storytelling, so she took a class from the public library, where she honed her skills. She prefers to work without props, using voice, facial expressions, and body movements to portray what words cannot.

A convert to the gospel, Carol has spent seventeen of her twenty-two years in the Church serving in the Primary. Until recently, she was the “Story Lady” in Primary sharing time in the Loveland Second Ward, Greeley Colorado Stake, with many of her stories pulled from the scriptures. She is quick to point out that Jesus was the greatest storyteller, often using parables to illustrate a point.

Carol is a popular entertainer at schools, libraries, Cub Scout meetings, and campground socials. Her stories often end with an old-fashioned phrase, “And that’s the end of that.”Jane McBride Choate, Loveland, Colorado

In the Spotlight

  • An Award for Distinguished Service has been presented to Claron L. Oakley, multiregion director of public affairs in southern California. The honor is the highest award given by the California Medical Association to a layperson, and it recognizes Brother Oakley’s work in founding and developing the Audio-Digest Foundation.

  • Georgetta Myhlhousen-Leak, a student at William Penn College, was recently named Honorable Mention in the USA Today Academic Team. A wife and mother of three, Sister Myhlhousen-Leak has been instrumental in creating a tutoring program for homeless children. Sister Leak is a member of the Knoxville Branch, Des Moines Iowa Stake.

  • The Thrifty Car Rental Holiday Bowl named a president for 1994—Richard K. Circuit, a member of the San Diego Seventh Ward, San Diego North Stake. Brother Circuit, a managing partner in a law firm, was scheduled to preside at all Holiday Bowl events, including the December 30 game.

  • Rick Woodland, owner of a shoe repair shop and member of the Campbell Ward, Saratoga California Stake, has been honored by his peers with the Grand Silver Cup Award in Shoe Service magazine’s 1994 Silver Cup Contest. In addition to repairing shoes, Brother Woodland makes clown shoes and is an orthopedic shoe technician.

  • Ireta B. Wolfley has been named runner-up for the 1994 Idaho Teacher of the Year. The state’s Department of Education honored Sister Wolfley, a member of the Ammon Eleventh Ward, Idaho Falls Idaho Ammon West Stake, for her outstanding service to reading and literacy programs.

  • Gary Hatch, second counselor in the bishopric of the Bellingham Second Ward, Bellingham Washington Stake, has been inducted into the Washington State Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. He has been the head coach at Sehome High School for thirteen years and was an assistant coach for seven years.

  • Thomas Kehoe of the McComb Branch, Denham Springs Louisiana Stake, has received the Russian Bronze Medal for a deed of heroism performed half a century ago. A letter from Vladimir P. Lukin of the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., accompanied the medal. As a merchant marine in World War II, Brother Kehoe was on the crew of a crippled Russian ship. He dove into an oil tank on the ship to remove rags that were clogging fuel lines. The ship was then able to make it safely out of dangerous waters.