July 2013 Issue

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Wayne and Shirley Whitlock Exemplify a Lifetime of Service to God, Family and Country

By Stephanie Abney When Wayne and Shirley Whitlock moved to Arizona 35 years ago from southern California, they brought with them a love of the gospel, a dedication to the U.S. Constitution and a willingness to do all they could…

Robin O’Bannon Finds the Truth She Sought Her Entire Life

By Cindy R. Williams Robin O’Bannon, of Gilbert Greenfield Stake, searched her entire life to be closer to God. “As a little girl, as soon as I heard about Jesus Christ, I wanted to know more.  He was more real…

Phoenix Temple Construction Reaches Milestone with Placement of Angel Moroni Statue

By Cecily Markland Ever since May 24, 2008, when President Thomas S. Monson announced that a temple would be built in Phoenix, Latter-day Saints in the north Phoenix area and across the Valley have eagerly watched the progress of the…

The peace of the gospel helps sister missionary endure harrowing experience

By Valerie Ipson When Sister Sara Trevino first arrived in Guatemala City as a missionary, no one was there to greet her. It turns out she wasn’t expected until a month later, and so, from the very beginning, Sara felt…

First time novelist publishes story geared toward LDS boys

By Valerie Ipson Certainly, a first-time-ever backpacking trip and the duties as a brand new deacon cause every Latter-day Saint boy a bit of angst. These important milestones are at the foundation of a middle-grade novel, titled Epic Tales of…

Couple Starts Organization to Help Cancer Patients Receive the Treatment of their Choice

By Cecily Markland In any case, a cancer diagnosis is a major challenge. Yet, for people who have resistant types of cancer or complications, for those who have tried traditional methods with little results or for those who are under-insured,…

Whale of a Tale: Lives of two Arizona Men Spared in Collision with Humpback

By Tina Scott A captain for the Phoenix Fire Department, Fred Andes of the Aspen Ward, Mesa Kimball East Stake, had never needed critical medical emergency himself, until last summer when he and his friend, Willie Nelson, of Gilbert, nearly…

FamilySearch.org Provides New Online Tools to Help Preserve and Share Family Photos, Stories

By Cindy R. Williams Family Search International, a non-profit, volunteer organization sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently announced new tools for online users, making research more interactive and collaboration more convenient. On the redesigned FamilySearch.org…

Combs High School Release Time Seminary Building; A result of fasting and prayers

By Stacy Johnson Recognized as one of the largest early morning seminary programs in the Church, the Combs High School seminary will soon be housed in the first seminary building in San Tan Valley. Members of the Queen Creek East…