We had a wonderful zone conference in Paranagua today. Temperatures were in the mid to upper 80's with tons of sun. You have got to love winter at the Parana coast. The conference was held in the Paranagua Ward building. Elder Miranda conducted the meeting. Sister Lysenko played the piano for us. We received training from Sister Cordon (obediencia), Presidente (role of the Spirit in conversion and inspired questions), assistents (helping investigators prepare for sacred covenants), and the zone leaders (planning). (Front row, l to r: Sisters Lysenko, Castellano, Sister Cordon, Presidente Cordon; Second row: Elders Hobbs, Schmidt, Machado, Funk, Buerkle, Brino; Back row: Gomes, Gray, Miranda, and Hokanson.)
Derek Lane Cordon and Bonnie Hillam Cordon are the parents of four children and are currently presiding over the Brazil Curitiba Mission; They are from the Bridlewood Ward, Bountiful Utah Orchard Stake. President Cordon served as a missionary in the Argentina Cordoba Mission from 1982-83. At the time of his calling he was a Director at Omniture, an Adobe Company. Born in Upland, Calif., to Nolan Ralph and Roberta Larsen Cordon.
Sister Cordon served as a missionary in the Portugal Lisbon Mission. Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Harold Gordon and Carol Lois Rasmussen Hillam.