Salvador: The Truth Behind the Fiction, Part 7

“Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." (Psalms 2:9) I did not learn of the bulldozing of the LDS chapel at Dale's finca until a decade after it had happened.  Because I had agreed to teach full time at BYU-Hawaii (I usually teach part-time at BYU-Provo), I had an interview by a general authority.  After a few minutes, we both learned that we had something in common--our association with Dale at different points in his lif … [Read more...]

Salvador: The Truth Behind the Fiction, Part 6

Blessed be the name of my God, for his Spirit hath not altogether withdrawn from me, or else where is thy glory, for it is darkness unto me? And I can judge between thee and God; for God said unto me: Worship God, for him only shalt thou serve. (Moses 1:15) The basics were revealed.  Dale was living a double life, and had persuaded himself that his illicit relationship with another woman was justifiable because she would replace his wife, who, he was convinced (and had told her) … [Read more...]

Salvador: The Truth Behind the Fiction, Part 5

1 John 2:16 - For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.I am a living testimony to the fact that God loves even stupid people. I probably deserved to be kidnapped and killed the day I made that trip. But since I’m here writing this, I stand as a witness of God’s mercy.In Momostenango, a leader of a BYU group had urged his students to steer clear of me, as I was likely a bad influence. … [Read more...]

Salvador: The Truth Behind the Fiction, Part 4

...[B]ut the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. (1 Kings 19:11-13 (KJV)I am struck by how much I DON'T remember about Chulac and the miracles I saw there.  As I have spoken with others to help me remember without my own filters, I have thought about Joseph Smith's various accounts of the First Vision.  My actual memory f … [Read more...]

Salvador: The Truth behind the Fiction, Part 3

I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken. (Oliver Cromwell)Daniel Choc was one of Dale  Grover's most ardent supporters, having lived on the plantation for two years, the beneficiary of Dale's good work and training.  He had returned to his home in Patzicia when I met him in 1975. He--the same age as the missionaries Dad was training to speak Cakchiquel--became Dad's main assistant.  Often, Daniel became an angelic voice whispering translations to the mi … [Read more...]

Salvador: The Truth behind the Fiction, Part 2

The Atonement of Christ is the very root of Christian doctrine. You may know much about the gospel as it branches out from there, but if you only know the branches and those branches do not touch that root, if they have been cut free from that truth, there will be no life nor substance nor redemption in them. [Boyd K. Packer, “The Mediator,” Ensign, May 1977] We Blairs were Dale's disciples.  In some ways we were more Dale's disciples than Christ's. We saw Dale as a holy man who willingly surr … [Read more...]

Salvador: The Truth Behind the Fiction

“At some point, God will ask you to sacrifice on his altar not only your stories about your own life but your version of his stories as well. Your softly lit watercolor felt-board version of scripture stories and church history must, like all your stories, be abandoned at his feet, and the messy, vibrant, and inconvenient truths that characterize God's real work with real people will have to take center stage. If they don't, then how will God's work in your hungry messy, and inconvenient life e … [Read more...]