Hi, it is Benji Harry. Wow, it was great to read all the updates. It
sounds like many have been on further adventures after our semester in
Jerusalem. It was great to hear from Candy, I had always talked with
Jenn about how he had fallen off the face of the earth after his
wedding reception, and he truly did! I was lucky enough to have
served on my mission with him as well, so it was doubly fun seeing him
in Jerusalem (Doug Warner also was in our mission – gab es noch jemand
Jenn and I have had a few turns around the US (nothing compared to
Candy’s), but we have had fun. Babys seem to come with long moves, we
seem to be shadowing Jill Newell, and we have always looked back on
our Jerusalem times fondly.
Well, after Jerusalem, we started dating in April of 2000. Jenn and I
were both at BYU. Since we knew each other so well from being friends
at Jerusalem the time before we got engaged was pretty short, and we
were married in August of 2000. We remember a good deal of Jerusalem
buddies coming to the reception!
Jenn graduated from BYU in spring 2001. Then started working at the
Library at BYU. I finally graduated in Spring 2002, and with Jenn
pregnant we zoomed off to the Twin Cities in Minnesota so I could
attend graduate school. Our first son, George, was born in January
(in Minnesota that is NOT kind – it didn’t get above zero for over
three weeks!). Jenn worked some and we survived the cold winters, but
we were ready for a break from the ice.
After two years there (2004), Jenn was pregnant with our second and we
zoomed off to LA (seeing a pattern here?). In LA, I started further
graduate work at UCLA and worked at the University teaching German and
then had multiple jobs in the Hollywood industry (it was fun, but all
the driving was crazy). In February, our son Isaac was born. I
constantly held multiple jobs (DreamWorks, Walt Disney, and others),
and Jenn worked out of the home as an event planner (I remember going
to pick up 400 pounds of pumpkins at the LA farmers market for a
carving event), and helped with a pre-school and music time for the
kids in the family housing complex. Jenn even had a Jill Newell
sighting in Santa Monica!
Graduating in 2006 with a second masters degree I thought it might be
nice to start making money rather than piling up student loans. So, I
took a job at the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the Media
Archivist. So, with Jenn pregnant . . . nope, our daughter Eleanor
joined us 8 days before we zoomed off to Cooperstown, NY. Back to the
land of 9 month-long winters.
We loved our time in Central New York. We got down to the City for a
trip once, went to the Palmyra temple a whole lot, and were pretty
settled to stay there for a long time. George started school, I got
to watch waaay too much baseball footage, and Jenn taught piano out of
the home and ran a story time in the local library for local kids.
We lived in a small branch where we had callings galore (2nd counselor
in branch presidency, primary president, branch clerk, primary
chorister, branch mission leader – always more than one calling). it
was really great fun and we could always draw from our great
experiences in Jerusalem and entertain with our courtship story (when
I thought maybe Jenn and I might try being more than friends, I asked
her what she thought while Jenn was shelving books in the library
stacks at BYU and she looked at me frankly and said, “I don’t know
what to think of that.” and walked off.)
Well, my schooling is in media preservation and archiving, which is
virtually taking a vow of poverty. And poverty wore thin in such a
cold place, so I applied at about the only place where archivists and
librarians can actually support their families: the Library of
Congress. And I got the job! So, Jenn got pregnant in February and
within a few weeks I had a job offer! So this last summer we sold our
house and moved to Virginia. Our next daughter is due in about 4
weeks. We will have an even two pair: George (6) Isaac (4) Eleanor
(3) and Baby Girl peanut.
Sorry I don’t have a picture. I will try to get one together. We
have a blog: harryherald at the blogspot site. We would love to hear
from anyone and everyone. Sorry we couldn’t make it out for the
Shout outs to my great roomies: Shoemaker, Gary, and Rich. Jenn says
hi to her room buddies too: Laura Jae, Shawnee, and Tiffany. Everyone
was so great there, we really have warm spots in our hearts for all of
y’alla y’alla – keep it movin!
Benji and Jenn Harry
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
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Saturday, September 5, 2009
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Saturday, August 15, 2009
August 24, 1999 Depart USA for the Holy Land
August 25, 1999 Arrive at the Jerusalem Center
August 26, 1999 City of Jerusalem Walk. For most this is the first time to the Garden Tomb and Garden of Gethsemane
August 28, 1999 Saturday, the Sabbath Day
September 6, 1999 Jericho Field Trip, Nebi Samuel, Gibean, St. George Monastery, Herodian Aquaduct, Mount of Temptation, Jericho
September 9, 1999 Jerusalem City Trash Strike begins
September 10, 1999 Grape Stomping
September 12, 1999 Trip to Beach at Tel Aviv
September 13, 1999 Bethel, Ai, Shiloh, Samaria, Jacobs Well Field Trip
September 16, 1999 Ehud Olmert, the Mayor of Jerusalem speaks at a forum in the Jerusalem Center. He later became the Prime Minister of Israel from 2006 to 2009.
September 20, 1999 West Bank Fieldtrip
September 24, 1999 Midterms in Dr. Greens Class
September 26, 1999 Dome of the Rock Fieldtrip and Group Picture
September 27, 1999 Qumron – Dead Sea Scrolls, Ein Geddi, Masada, Dead Sea Fieldtrip
September 30, 1999 Walter Rogers from CNN spoke in a Forum to us
October 3, 1999 Depart for the country of Jordan
October 4, 1999 Petra
October 5, 1999 Amman, Jordan
October 6, 1999 Return to Jerusalem Center from Jordan. Jeff Lind and Johnny Miller both opened their mission calls when we returned to the Center.
October 8, 1999 Bedouin Tent Dinner
October 9, 1999 Elder Hartman Rector Jr. Fireside
October 11, 1999 Hebron, Lachish, Valley of Elah Fieldtrip
October 17, 1999 Trip of the City of David, Warrans Shaft, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, simulated Seder
and Passover Dinners
October 21, 1999 Last day of Brother Nazzal’s class. He concluded with his testimony and the
class stood and applauded as he walked out the back door.
October 22, 1999 Informal Talent Show
October 24, 1999 Morningside at the Orson Hyde Gardens overlooking the Old City. 158 years since Orson Hyde dedicated the Holy Land.
October 31, 1999 Wadi Kelt Walk and Halloween Party
November 1, 1999 Drive to Neweba, Egypt
November 3, 1999 Watch the sunrise from Mount Sinai
November 6, 1999 Fireside with Brother Schwendiman who was the Director of the building of the Jerusalem Center
November 10, 1999 Final in Brother Green’s class
November 11, 1999 Bethlehem Fieldtrip
November 17, 1999 Drive to Caesarea Maritima, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, and En Gev on the Sea of
November 18, 1999 Meteor Shower at 4am in the dark of the Sea of Galilee
November 19, 1999 Tiberius, Mount of Beatitudes, St. Peters Church, Capernaum, Jordan River Fieldtrip
November 21, 1999 Mount Tabor, Armageddon Valley, Nain, Megiddo Fieldtrip
November 25, 1999 Thanksgiving Day at Galilee
November 26, 1999 Depart Galilee, visit Nazareth, and return to the Jerusalem Center
December 1, 1999 Upper Room, Last Supper Reinacted, Last Week Walk through Bethany and Bethpage Fieldtrip
December 5, 1999 New Testament Final
December 6, 1999 Last Day in Jerusalem. Final Testimony Meeting and farewells
December 7, 1999 Some fly home while others drive to Egypt
December 8, 1999 Sphinx, Pyrimids
December 9, 1999 Fly to Luxor, Visit the Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings
December 11, 1999 Return to Cairo. Alabastor Mosque, Cairo Museum and farewells.
December 12 and 13, 1999 Fly back to the USA
August 21-22, 2009 Ten Year Reunion in Provo, Utah
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Brother R. J. Snow 1937 ~ 2006
We lost our husband, father, and "Papa" very suddenly as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident on June 6, 2006, in Provo, Utah. R.J. (Reuben Joseph) was born on October 15, 1937, to Glenn and Laura Gardner Snow. He attended public schools in St. George and later in Washington D.C. where he graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School. He returned to the "red hills of home" each summer and worked in Pine Valley on his uncle's ranch.
He attended Dixie College and was student body president, after which he served as an LDS missionary in France, Belgium and Switzerland. After his mission, he studied at the University of Utah where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in history. He married Marilyn Melville in 1962 after they met during their summer jobs in Washington, D.C. He received a second Masters Degree and a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University in Illinois. A year of postdoctoral research followed at the University of Oregon, followed by a faculty appointment at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The entire family traveled to the University of Bordeaux in France where R.J. served as Associate Director of the Study Abroad Program for two years. In 1971, R.J. joined the administrative team of Dr. David P. Gardner at the University of Utah where he served as Assistant to the President, then simultaneously as Vice President for University Relations and Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and as Associate Professor of Political Science. In 1985, R.J. accepted a position as President of the Jacobsen Company, a parent company to Jacobsen Construction.
In July 1987, R.J. and Marilyn and their family were called to preside in the South Africa Johannesburg Mission of the LDS Church. R.J. joined Brigham Young University in 1990 and served as Student Life Vice President, later as Advancement Vice President and then as director of the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies in Israel from 1998-2000. They returned to Provo in the Summer of 2000, where R.J. maintained his current faculty assignment as Professor of Political Science where he has focused the past few years to teaching African politics, American government and public policy and serving as the 2004 Faculty Advisor for the BYU Washington Seminar program.
During the reconstruction of the LDS Nauvoo Temple, R.J. and Marilyn served a two-year mission together as Directors of Public Affairs and he as Manager of Nauvoo Restoration Inc. R.J. was committed to volunteerism and civic engagement and served on literally dozens of boards of directors and committees including the Provo-Orem and Salt Lake Area Chambers of Commerce, the Utah Symphony, the Utah Affiliate of the American Diabetes Association, and both the United Way in Salt Lake and Utah County. He was a former member of the Utah Governor's Commission on Women and Families, the Board of Directors of The Deseret News, and the Advisory Board to KSL Radio and Television. Currently, he has served on the Dixie State College Board of Trustees. His circle of influence positively affected scores of people worldwide through education, civic and church activities. With many titles over his lifetime, his favorite was "Papa" to his five loving grandchildren- Callie, Laura, Sara, J.J. and Julia. They will miss him deeply and he loved them more than words can say. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, Gina (Burnett) Thackeray, Laura Snow, Scott (Brittany) Snow, Noelle (Jay) Robinson. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held on Monday, June 12, 2006 at 12:00 noon at the Provo Oak Hills Stake Center located at 925 E. North Temple Drive (2200 North) in Provo. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the R.J. Snow Public Policy Internship at the Hinckley Institute of Politics or your choice of local charitable nonprofit organizations or Utah institutions of Higher Education.
Friday, August 7, 2009
1. Below is a list of persons who went to Jerusalem with us that we have NO email address listed for them. Can you help us find them?
(If a name is not on this list that does NOT imply we have a CORRECT email address listed for them, but we do have something listed for them even if it is many years old. If you didn't receive an email from Bracken around August 4 and August 16 then I don't have your correct address - or it went straight to your junk mail.)
Megan Benson - maybe now with "Nordgren" as a last name
Rachel Crane - now Martinez
Amy Ellis - maybe "Bates" now
Douglas and Rebecca Hut
Charity Johnson - maybe now "Checketts"
Brinn Klein - maybe now "King"
Amber Michel - maybe now "Parkinson"
Deborah Reeder- now Hauck
Hilary Sutton - maybe now "Western"
Emily Tidwell - maybe now "Mortensen"
Karen Wiley - maybe now "Andersen"
Thanks to your help within one day we found 10 of 73 lost email addresses! I remove the names from this list once someone sends me their email address.
Of the 100+ people we do have email address for, we probably have old/wrong email addresses for half. For some people I have 3 different email addresses listed.
We don't expect to send many emails. This blog will be the main way to communicate. We just want to spread the word about the blog and email is most convenient.
Kerry S. Green
Heather B. Taylor
Evan J. Criddle (Did we have an Even in our Program? Sorry if I forgot who you are - it has been 10 years)
Janelle D. Parkin
Michelle M. Anderson
Sharla M. Borrowman (Did we have a Sharla in our program?)
Rachel H. Baldwin - (Rachel Hunter??)
1. If you would like to have something posted to the blog please email your TEXT and PICTURES to byubracken at hotmail
Up to 5 pictures, 8MB total.
If you have any announcements you would like posted you can also use the email address above.
2. You can leave COMMENTS on any of the posts on your own.
3. The Unofficial Reunion Committee Elves are working hard in their "spare" time to improve this blog. If you have suggestions please contact them at the email address above. Thank you Angie for starting and running it!
To those who may be a little bashful, the following is a top 10 list of things to post about your life for the past 10 years:
1. Post about your family, if you got married, had children...
2. Post about the places you have called home over the past ten years...
3. Post about any further education you obtained...
4. Post about your occupation, paid, unpaid, volunteer work...
5. Post about how we can contact you, email, phone, personal blog, website... Remember this is a public blog, so if you are trying to avoid the boogie man or the tax man you might want to be careful with this one.
6. Post about your favorite memories from the Fall 1999 JC ten years later.
7. Post about what you wished you would have known when you went to the JC ten years ago.
8. Post about what you would see if you could go back to the JC and what you would do there.
9. Post about how being a member of the Fall 1999 JC has influenced you during the past ten years.
10. Please don't post requests for money, job solicitations, political commentary, Obama jokes, or marriage & parenting advice.
Arnie Green is being thrown a surprise retirement party and any/all JCers are invited. It's Saturday, Aug. 15th anytime from 5-7pm with a program at 6pm at Mt. Timpanogus Park up Provo Canyon (immediately after Canyon View Park, sign on right, entrance on left, if you get to Squaw Peak, you've gone too far.)
If you would like to contribute to a booklet of memories/thoughts being put together as a tribute to him, contact Geni Green at email@example.com or call 919-247-0327.
August 21, 22
During the weekend of our reunion if you are looking for an excellent event to attend to do with your family before the 5pm event, our very own Ivey Mitchell will be playing Belle in a huge production of Beauty & the Beast matinee that Saturday at 2pm in Draper (Juan Diego school: 11800 S. 300 E.) with a "meet the characters" costume party at 1pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for 12 and under and on sale at the door or online at
This show is outstanding for all ages: huge sets, gorgeous costumes, live orchestra, impressive action/dance numbers, etc...
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Jerusalem Fall ‘99 Reunion
Reconnect with all of your Jerusalem friends. Can you believe that it has been 10 years!
Registration is now available at http://alumni.byu.edu/reunions please rsvp as soon as possible. The cost is $20 per person for the Friday evening event. This also covers additional fees for the weekend.
Friday August 21st
Registration: 5:30 - 6:30 pm Hinckley Alumni Center
Dinner: 6:30 - 8:30 pm Dinner & Program
Come join all your friends from the BYU Jerusalem Center for a fun filled evening of reconnecting, catching up, excellent dinner, and keynote speaker. Catering will be serving a House Garden Salad, Herb Roasted Breast of Chicken, and Baklava for dessert.
Saturday August 22nd
Family Potluck: 5:00 pm Canyon View Park in Provo Canyon
Bring your favorite dish and outdoor activity equipment. This will be a great opportunity for the next generation of Jerusalem students to play together and become acquainted!
Registration is now available at http://alumni.byu.edu/reunions so check it out!
We don’t want anyone to miss out so let all of your friends who went with us to the Jerusalem Center know about this event. Let’s take this opportunity to reconnect and remember our great memories.
If you received this email from a friend, go to http://update.aa.byu.edu/ to update your information.
For additional information contact Matt Matayoshi at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please contact me if you have any questions.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
My life in a paragraph is that I finished school at BYU, married my missionary, Shawn, and have had two beautiful children- Lucas who is now 6, and Abby who is now 4. We still live in Utah Valley- in fact, we just bought our first house in Lehi. If you really care what I am up to, you are welcome to add me as a friend on facebook and/or visit my blog at goteamboyles.blogspot.com . I am glad that someone started this blog so that we can keep in touch- thanks whoever did it!!!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
It has been so fun seeing what everyone else has been up to, so I thought I would write too. I met my husband, Wil Dattilo, my senior year at BYU. We were married my first year of law school--we graduated at the same time and moved to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas so that Wil could do Teach for America. (Right on the border of Mexico and next to South Padre Island, it was amazing). He taught middle school science and I worked as an assistant attorney general for the state of Texas doing consumer protection and public health law. We moved to Houston a year and a half ago so that Wil could start medical school at Baylor. I am at home right now with our hilarious 2 and 1/2 year old, Owen, and our sweet 7 week old baby, Isaac. (Who was born the week of a hurricane and my husband's med school finals, whew!). I keep busy taking care of my boys and am in the process of starting a small law practice doing estate planning and business law.
I have wonderful memories of our semester in Jerusalem--it is so good to hear about what is going on in your lives!
Amberly Draper Dattilo
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I have really enjoyed hearing from some of you! Can you believe it has been ten years? BYU Jerusalem was such an awesome experience. I feel so lucky to have had that opportunity. So this is what I have been up to....After coming home from Jerusalem I graduated from Ricks and worked as an RN in Provo. There I met my husband on a blind date. We were married in 2002 and now have three beautiful children. McKenna is 4, Ava is 2 and Jacob is 5 months. After living in Provo we moved to Pocatello and then Omaha where my husband attended Dental school. We now live in Kimberly, ID (near Twin Falls) and have enjoyed being close to our families. I worked in the float pool as a nurse at hospitals in Pocatello and also in Omaha but now just enjoy being at home with my kids. I do a preschool swap with my two girls and also a music class at the church once a week. I love to teach my kids and watch them learn and grow. As a family we love to be together and discover new things. We are hoping to get more into hiking and camping now that we are back in Idaho. Hope you all are doing well and that we hear from many of you soon!