Roland and Nina Smith currently live in laie, Hawaii where they are serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Laie Hawaii Temple Visitors’ Center. They have eight children (six living), all away from home. They have twenty-two grandchildren.
Roland retired from the Idaho National Laboratory in the High Performance Computing arena in September, 2014. We submitted our mission application and sold our house in Pocatello, Idaho. We then took a five-month Great American Drive-Around in our small motorhome to visit with family and friends before reporting the the Mission Training Center in Provo, Utah on March 8, 2015. We will serve until February 2017 and have no firm plans after that.
Sometimes Roland can be found on the air (ham radio callsign K7OJL), building websites, and catching up on things around the house. Roland’s hobbies include amateur radio, genealogy, photography, travel (particularly international travel), and anything to do with computers.
Nina is a full-time homemaker. She also enjoys genealogy, origami, photography, travel, and collecting. She has numerous collections, including medicine bottles, kokeshi dolls, Pez dispensers, Stangl pottery, keys, and occupied Japan figurines.
Roland was born in Utah and raised in Soda Springs, Idaho. Following graduation from High School, he enlisted in the US Air Force and became a Chinese linguist and part of the United States Air Force Security Service (USAFSS). Nina and Roland were married June 12, 1964, and moved immediately to San Angelo Texas. That was followed by a 42 month stay in Japan interspersed with a number of temporary duty assignments for Roland in Viet Nam.
Nina was born in Connecticut and grew up primarily in New Jersey and Connecticut. She married Roland the day she completed High School and then accompanied him to Japan.
The family has lived in Texas, Japan, Indiana, Ohio, Germany, Utah, a second time in Japan, a few months in California, Colorado Springs, and now Pocatello, Idaho. They own a small motorhome and enjoy camping, particularly in state and national parks. They also have discovered cruise vacations and generally take at least one ocean or river cruise each year (that is, until I retired and we went on this mission). They are actively involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons).