A short history about us: President Alan G. Perriton was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. He served a mission in Korea from 1965-68. He and 3 other elders opened the Daejeon area to missionary work in 1967, so this area has a special place in his heart. After his mission he attended BYU where we met and were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1972. After graduation, he began a 34-year career with General Motors Corp. that kept the family mobile with assignments in New York, Korea, California, Tennessee, Michigan, back to Korea, and Japan before retiring in 2006.
I, Mary Perriton was born and raised in San Diego, California. I completed my college education and graduated from BYU in 2006 after taking a 34-year break to raise a family of five children! Our oldest 3 children are married, the youngest 2 are single and still attending school. We are the proud grandparents of 7!
Meet Our Office Couple
UPDATE! New grandson Luke born June 9, 2010
The Pierces come to us from Aurora, Colorado and will be serving in the best mission in the world for the next 23 months (until Dec. 2010). Elder Michael S. Pierce was born and raised in Sacramento, California. He served in the California South Mission and then studied Bus. Management at BYU. In 1969 he and Laura DeGrey were married in the Salt Lake Temple. Elder Pierce is the business owner of his own Insurance Agency and also owns two Baskin Robbins franchises. He has served in many capacities in the church, including as a counselor in a Stake Presidency and as a Bishop. Sister Laura Pierce was born in Miami Florida, and grew up in New Orleans. She graduated from Ricks College with a degree in Phys. Ed. She has work experience as a health aide in the Elementary Schools and as President and Manager of their Baskin Robbins stores. Sister Pierce has held many church callings, including teaching seminary, gospel doctrine and as Relief Society President. The Pierces have 5 children and 14 grandchildren. As the office couple the Pierces help everything run smoothly and efficiently by handling many of the temporal affairs of the mission, allowing the full time Elders and Sisters to be free of worldly concerns. They are invaluable and we couldn't do it without them!
Daechon Beach Baptism
A precious well-read book!
Gotbap (Flower Rice)
Newly Planted Rice Fields
Prayer Rocks at SangGoksa
Really Big Mum
Familiies are Forever
Buddhist Structure at Gakboksa
14th Century Wall Carvings in Cheonan
Wild Iris Field
Ceiling at Gakboksa in Choenan
Old Traditionl Home
Daejeon Expo Center
It's Harvest Time
Alot of Garlic!
View from the Highway
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"For it shall come to pass in that day that every man shall hear the fulness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language, through those who are ordained unto this power, by the administration of the Comforter, shed forth upon them for the revelation of Jesus Christ." D & C 90:11
The Korean Flag
The flag, called "Tae Kuk," symbolizes the thought, philosophy, and mysticism of the Far East.
The circle in the center represents the essential unity of all being. The Yang (positive) and the Yin (negative) divisions within the circle represent duality. Examples of duality are heaven and hell, fire and water, life and death, good and evil, or night and day.
The four trigrams also indicate the duality of opposites and balances. In the upper left trigram, three unbroken lines symbolize Heaven; opposite them in the lower right, three broken lines represent Earth.
In the upper right trigram, two broken lines separated by an unbroken line is the symbol of Water; opposite them is Fire, symbolized by two unbroken lines separated by a broken line. Symbolic of the nation is the white background (the land), the circle (people), and the four trigrams (the government). All three make up the essential elements of the nation.
The 6 Zones of the Daejeon Mission and cities where missionaries serve