LDS Convert and Bluegrass Musician Finds His Soul

Bluegrass musician and recent convert James Reams has seen some things in his 60 years. His life so far has been an amazing journey that has taken him across the country, in and out of homelessness, through print shops and…

Mesa Temple Gardens and Visitors’ Center Bring it all Together for Local Family

Gene and Kate Romanof of the Valley View Ward both grew up in the Washington, D.C., area. They remember watching the “beautiful and mysterious” LDS temple go up alongside the Beltway. As a young girl in a Russian Orthodox family,…

One Family’s Plea to Just Stop It and Save a Life

When 13-year-old Mark Wren ran for student body president earlier this year at Thatcher Middle School, Thatcher, Arizona, he already had a platform: reduce bullying at school. With the support of his parents, Patti and Bill Wren, a campaign called…

Wedding of the Century for Mesa Couple

It was literally the wedding of the century! When Christina Henrie of the Central Ward, Phoenix East Stake, married David Barker in the Mesa Temple last June, the couple was blessed to have both maternal grandfathers as witnesses. A tender…

Stake Heads Largest Service Project Ever in the Tonto National Forest

In a recent visit to our state, Bono, lead singer of the band U2, explained that he doesn’t hesitate to use the word “awesome” in describing Arizona and its natural beauty. I’m with Bono. Kayaking the Salt River at sunset…

The Holy Spirit Abounds as Inmates are Taught the Plan of Redemption

When the Savior implores, “Come unto me,” that our burdens may be lightened on Earth and we may enjoy exaltation afterward, does He extend that invitation to everyone? Al Jensen think so. He is President of the church’s Maricopa County…

Thanking Young Women of Virtue

Youth leaders hope for positive relationships between the young men and young women within wards and stakes. Mesa Central Stake youth did their part with an inspired video featuring their young men thanking the young women for their efforts at…

New Adult Coloring Book Features Symbols of the Temple

Jeanette Siufanua was immediately captivated by the mounting interest in adult coloring books. She saw this return to what is typically considered a childhood pastime as a fun way to relax and to be creative. Soon, that interest grew from…

Mesa mom facilitates return of a religious baccalaureate to Mesa High School

Sister Marlene Ellingson, of the Southern Estates Ward, Mesa Kimball Stake, is a busy mother of 13 children and a grandmother of 21. More recently, she was successful in an eight-year quest to bring back a religious baccalaureate, an interdenominational…

New Music Video Promotes Community Service and JustServe.org

Increasingly, there is concern for the millions of refugees from around the world who have fled from the ravages of abuse and war. Yet, says Michele Baer, of the Thayer Park Ward, Mountain View Stake, there are countless others who…