Gilbert Arizona Temple to Open for Public Tours in January

The Gilbert Arizona Temple will be open to the public for free tours from Saturday, January 18 through Saturday, February 15, excluding Sundays, and will be dedicated on March 2. Photo by John Power, Biltmore Photo. By Cecily Markland Since…

Football legend and all-American dad, Wilford “Whizzer” White Dies at 84

Wilford Parley “Whizzer” White, shown with his high school sweetheart and wife of 62 years, Shirley Merrill died on August 1, 2013. Photo courtesy of Teresa Yetter By Cecily Markland When Wilford Parley “Whizzer” White died on August 1, 2013,…

Gilbert Missionary Relives Kidnapping Experience, Watching it on the Big Screen

Carol Makita, with KSL-TV News in Salt Lake City, interviews Travis Tuttle (center) and Andrew Propst (r), whose kidnapping while serving a mission in Russia has now been made into a major motion picture--The Saratov Approach. Photo courtesy of Travis…

With their award-winning show, The Duttons begin their sixth season in Ariz.

The award-winning, three-generation performing group known as The Duttons--with (l to r) Timothy, Amy, Benjamin, Abby and Jonathon Dutton--will again bring their show to Arizona for the winter during the Branson off-season. Photo Courtesy of the Duttons. By Cecily Markland…

Arizona Artist Paints Murals for Gilbert Temple

Howard Lyon, of Gilbert, painted two large murals that will hang in the baptistry of the Gilbert Arizona Temple. Photo by Howard Lyon. By Cecily Markland Seated in front of his canvas, artist Howard Lyon, of Gilbert, spent 10, sometimes…

Two Choice Families Choose to Adopt

The Richardsons, (l to r) Kennedy, Natalie, Kellen, Jerry and Madison, say they enjoy their association and cherish the promise of living as a family for all eternity. Picture by Holly Larsen. By Cindy R. Williams The Richardson family, of…

New Book Helps LDS Families Select Clean, Meaningful Movies

Jonathan Decker has combined his passion for movies and his concern for family- friendly viewing into a new book: "250 Great Movies for Latter-day Saint Families.” Photo courtesy Jonathan Decker. By Cecily Markland Born and raised in Mesa, author Jonathon…

In the Mommy Zone column

By Kristie Fairbanks I want to go back to kindergarten, that place full of curiosity, wonderment, and new beginnings, a time of enchantment, wide-eyed innocence, and dream-filled passion, where doubt and worry seem almost nonexistent and where fresh enthusiasm abounds.…

Snowflake “Academy in the Wilderness” Stands as a Constant Symbol of Sacrifice

By Linda Turley-Hansen in collaboration with David K. Flake Ever wonder how they did it? How the West was settled? Envision colonizers, under the direction of Presidents Brigham Young and John Taylor, meandering amid Arizona’s Rim Country pinion pines, red…

Teens Fall Prey to Pornography

During years I spent raising six children, the oldest and youngest of which were born within seven years of each other—I vividly remember the constant desires to protect and nurture and “train up” my children to be responsible, God-loving, testimony-wielding…