WSU Alum's Adventures Featured in Professor's Book

OGDEN, Utah – A true story labeled as the "Mormon version of Romancing the Stone" is the subject of established author and Weber State University English professor Gordon Allred's latest book set to hit stores this month.

"Perilous Journey to the House of the Lord" is based on the story of Mark Housley, a WSU graduate who encountered several setbacks during his trip to Guatemala to marry his wife Angelina in her native country. Allred describes the adventure as Housley and his family dodged 12 gun shots directed at their rental van, waited for tree-blocked roads to be cleared and avoided a torrential rain-caused mudslide en route to the LDS Guatemala City Temple.

Shortly after the experience, the story was picked up by local media outlets.
In the book, Allred interweaves the Housleys' wedding day journey with Mark's experiences as an LDS missionary in Guatemala, where he met Angelina. The book also describes Housley's current work, completing his medical residency at McKay-Dee Hospital, as well as the couple's trips to Guatemala to provide free medical care. The book can be found in bookstores throughout Utah and the Intermountain West.

The Housleys live in Layton, Utah and have four children.

Gordon Allred, WSU English professor
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Mark Housley
, WSU alumnus
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Travis Clemens, office of Media Relations
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