Tells true sto­ries of an LDS trea­sure hunterBy

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - Deb­bie Bal­zot­tiYou

can ac­tu­ally meet and talk to au- thor Wayne Hammy, who wrote the newly re­leased book “Jaguars and Can­ni­bals.” He is won­der­ful to visit with and will hap­pily au­to­graph your book, which is avail­able at the Cen­tral Utah Vet- er­ans Home in Payson where he lives. This guy has led a re­mark­able life.

I asked him why he wrote the story of his ad­ven­tures, and he re­sponded, “I hope to be able to teach my sons and help other peo­ple to know the most im­por­tant thing in life is to know who you are.”

Hamby de­scribes his life as a guy who was buy­ing and sell­ing gem­stones, mostly out of Brazil. Of course, his story is much more than the tale of a sales­man. As he looks back on his ad­ven­tures, he phi­los- ophizes and shares the les­sons he has learned and his be­liefs.

The book is filled with “close calls, tales of ten­der mer­cies, and the mir­a­cles that saved his life.” It reads like a con­ver- sa­tion with Hamby with phrases like, “Let me tell you the story ...” and, “The phrase ‘We’d like to have you for din­ner,’ took on a whole new mean­ing.”

The first story be­gins in about 1984 in the Ama­zon basin of Brazil. Hamby bought di­a­monds di­rectly from the min­ers who lived in a re­mote vil­lage in the jun­gle and soon be­gan min­ing his own land near- by. One night, out­side his tent, he heard a low growl that woke him. As a big cat prowled around his camp­site, the growl- ing in­creased. For­tu­nately, for what­ever rea­son, the cat moved on and Hamby sur- vived an­other close call.

As the au­thor shares the ad­ven­ture sto­ries of his life, we un­der­stand why he can say, “For me, this was a true la­bor of love. There are times when peo­ple of­fer their con­do­lences for my be­ing tucked off in my room at the vet­eran’s room where I live, but they don’t un­der­stand I’m hav­ing the time of my life. Un­der­stand­ing where I’ve been is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary to un­der- stand where I’m go­ing.”

“Jaguars and Can­ni­bals” is avail­able at the Cen­tral Utah Vet­er­ans Home, Cedar Fort Pub­lish­ing, ama­ and many lo­cal book­stores. Learn more at www. wayne­

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