The Third Mission Call

The third mission call has come. It came in the mail while my third son was out of town. I put it in a prominent place and nervously waited. He wouldn’t be home for two days. I have to admit,…

“Moroni’s Quest” Brings Book of Mormon to Life for Queen Creek Young Men and Women

Young Men and Young Women in the Queen Creek Stake and the recently formed Queen Creek Central Stake—nearly 800 in all, plus an additional 400 adult leaders—accepted the invitation this summer to embark on a unique journey, one that allowed…

ANWA Writers Conference is for Authors of All Ages and Abilities

An annual “Time Out for Writers Conference” for the general public is hosted by ANWA, the American Night Writers Association. It will be held this September 15-17 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Tempe. “Although ANWA is a writing network…

Living With Autism

Catherine Abbott, of the University Ward, Tempe YSA Stake, is a girl on a mission – so to speak. That is to say, at 21 she feels her mission is to let others know what it’s like to live on…

Tyse Hipps receives A New Leaf’s Youth Volunteer of the Year Award

The desire to serve and volunteer seems to run in the family for Tyse Hipps. Brother Hipps, an Arizona native and a member of the Beverly Ward, Maricopa Stake, has been doing service ever since he was little. His mother,…

Arizona Couple Celebrate 70 Years of Marriage

In June, L. Max and Wanda Gardner Thatcher, of the Solomonville Ward, Safford Arizona Stake, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Married in the Mesa Arizona Temple on June 21, 1946, the Thatchers have seven children, 31 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren and…

Mesa Boy Scout Earns Seventh Eagle Palm

Clark Larsen, 18, son of Tamara and Dan Larsen, of the Hermosa Vista Ward, Hermosa Vista Stake, recently graduated from Mesa’s Mountain View High School with honors and was recognized in the awards assembly, having earned two scholarships. Earlier this…

Lehi Stake Youth Relive Stories From the Book of Mormon

Early in June the Mesa Lehi Stake youth conference officially began at Long Valley Camp. Lehi’s Book of Mormon Quest started earlier in the year with a film trailer showing one of the vignettes participants would relive during the conference…

Tongan Royal Family Honors Polynesian Cultural Center

In a rare public appearance, the Tongan royal family honored the Polynesian Cultural Center in Lā‘ie, Hawaii, with a visit this summer. Their special visit commemorated the June 11th opening of the PCC’s new Tonga Village. In attendance were Their…

John Power Leaves Legacy of Love and Devotion to the Lord

For John Edward Power, pictures said much more than words. Born in Yuma, Arizona, on October 31, 1944, John died on July 4, 2016, at 71. Having served as chief photographer for The Beehive newspaper for many years, John’s images…