Two members of the Church were recently sworn in as federal judges to fill vacancies in the United States Federal District Court in Nevada.
Roger L. Hunt and Kent J. Dawson took their posts recently in the Lloyd D. George Courthouse in Las Vegas. Judge George, for whom the courthouse is named, is a senior federal judge and is also an active member of the Church.
Brother Hunt is a former regional representative, stake president and bishop. A fourth generation Nevadan with experience in private practice and on the federal bench, he previously served as a United States Magistrate. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University, he attended law school at George Washington University.
He is active in the community, serving as a member of the Drug Abuse Education, Prevention Enforcement and Treatment Commission for Nevada and as an executive board member of the Boulder Dam Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
A member of the Horizon Ridge Ward, Las Vegas Nevada Warm Springs Stake, Brother Hunt is married to the former Mauna Sue Hawkes. They are the parents of six children and have three grandsons.
Brother Dawson, president of the Henderson Nevada Black Mountain Stake and member of the Desert Rose Ward, received his bachelor's degree from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah.
His experience as Henderson's city attorney for 7 years, running a private practice, and most recently his election as a justice of the peace prepared him for the federal bench.
An avid pilot and community leader, he and his wife, Ruth, have four children and three grandchildren.
Judges Hunt and Dawson were nominated to the bench by President Clinton on the recommendation of Senator Harry Reid, a member of the Church from Nevada.
Jordan Werner, 14, a Life Scout of Troop 782 and a member of the Placentia 3rd Ward, Placentia California Stake, was recently honored by the city of Placentia for saving the lives of his entire family.
Jordan and his family were vacationing at MacKerricher State Park in northern California in April of this year, staying in a rented trailer at the park. At 4 a.m. on the 19th, Jordan awoke. He noticed a bad smell, although he didn't recognize it at the time. He tried to open a window near his bed but was unable to. He wanted to go back to sleep but was impressed to get out of bed. As he did so, he passed the stove and heard a hissing sound. He realized then what the smell was, and that the trailer was full of poison propane gas. He immediately awakened the rest of the family and assisted his younger brother and sisters outside. The family was taken to a local emergency room where they were treated and released.
"Jordan obeyed the spiritual prompting to act in behalf of his family," said his mother, Judi. "Every day we pray for guidance and we pray for safety. The Lord works through other people as a means to answer prayers, so in this instance, He was able to use Jordan as the tool." Jordan's father, Scott, is an assistant Scoutmaster. His grandfathers, Ed Werner and George Huefner, have served with the Los Angeles Scout Council for many years.