Saturday, April 26, 2008

2 New Arizona Temples!

*The Gilbert Temple will most likely resemble this design (-similar to Draper, Utah Temple) & be in our Stake Boundaries!
*Both newly announced Temples will be located in 2 places that are very special and significant to me!

*LDS Church News Published:
Friday, Apr. 25, 2008

*Plans to build two new temples in Arizona, one in the Gila Valley (Thatcher/Safford) and the other in Gilbert,(Greenfield & Pecos!!) were announced by President Thomas S. Monson. This will bring the total number of temples to 134 already in operation or in the planning and construction phases.

"It is my personal priority to make sure members of the Church have access to the blessings of the temple," said President Monson. "It is here where members learn of their divine origin and destiny; where they are strengthened spiritually as individuals and as families. Temples are sanctuaries from the storms of life."

*There are currently two temples in Arizona: one in Mesa and another in Snowflake. The temples in the Gila Valley and Gilbert will bring the total number to four.The two new temples are the first to be announced by President Monson since he became president of the Church on Feb. 3rd, 2008.

**The history of the Church in Arizona dates back to the earliest days of the western migration of the Church. The Mormon Battalion (personal relatives were in this) marched through the area now known as Arizona in 1846 on its way to California.Various efforts to colonize the area followed with the first large-scale effort coming in March of 1873. By Jan. 27, 1878, the Little Colorado Stake, the first stake in Arizona, was created. Eventually, more than 30 colonies were started, with others in northern Mexico. *These hardy pioneers overcame severe hardships in the early years, including drought, crop failures, difficulties with neighbors and floods. Over the years, members gained prominence and were involved in the progress of the state. They earned a good reputation for their industry and integrity.
*On Oct. 23, 1927, the first Arizona temple was dedicated in Mesa. Prior to that time, members traveled to the St. George Temple in Utah. So many bridal parties traversed the trail during the early years that the wagon road to St. George became known as the Honeymoon Trail. President Spencer W. Kimball, (who my Spencer was named after) 12th president of the Church who served from 1973-1985, was reared in the Gila Valley community of Thatcher. (where I went to college, parents met & dated, dad grew up etc.)Today, membership in Arizona continues to flourish with approximately 370,000 members divided among 84 stakes and four missions.


sarajane said...

Thats so cool! how exciting.i ve that mesa temple has been pretty crazy down there:) so thats awesome

Stephanie said...

Wow that's crazy. That is going to be pretty cool!

kristal said...

I heard this the other freaking awesome! I'm glad the gila valley is getting one. They need one so badly down there.

Unknown said...

I am so excited about this! We should do a P.L reunion there and all go to the temple with our hubbies! THat would be awsome!