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From humanitarian dentist to dental missionary

A 5-year-old Guatemalan girl told Dr. Richard L. Call, a dentist from Westminster, Colo., in a temporary dental clinic in Guatemala,” I just want to eat my food and not have it hurt. Can you help me?” Call said, “When I looked inside her mouth, I found 12 abscessed teeth. The rest all had cavities. Broke my heart.”

This little girl would have suffered throughout her life without help. Her nutrition and over-all health would have been affected. I’m glad to say humanitarian dentists and the Hirsche Smiles Foundation came to her aid.

Many thanks to Call and his wife, LeeAnn Call, Dr. Garry Brown and his wife, Ann Brown (from Utah), Dr. Lee Olson and his wife, Peggy Olson, (formerly from Broomfield, but now from Utah). Many thanks, too, to Dr. Wayne Tomkinson and his wife, Suzanne Tomkinson (from Arizona), and Dr. Paul Fillmore and JoAnne Fillmore, (currently full-time dental missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
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America’s enemy within this Fourth of July

The United States of America is involved in more than one “American Revolution” even as the nation celebrates Independence Day with parades, picnics and fireworks. Arizona’s signs give one glaring clue to one battle, securing our borders.

With one of many highway signs 80 miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border, the Bureau of Land Management warns, “Visitors may encounter armed criminals and smuggling,” and the BLM “encourages visitors to use public land north of Interstate 8.”

Also via the sign, visitors are told to stay away from trash, clothing, backpacks, and abandoned vehicles. If they see suspicious activity, visitors are told via the sign, “Do Not Confront! Move Away and Call 911.”

These signs signify a war, one to which President Obama must take action or we lose more of our nation’s land to criminals. Governor Janice K. Brewer of Arizona wrote Obama a letter on June 24, 2010, outlining the great need and has responded with a video message to Obama. I’m among those waiting for his response. You can see the video and read the letter at: this site. Continue reading

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