Merry Gordon is a woman juggling many titles: wife, mother, teacher, writer and now editor, as The Beehive takes shape this year under her hand.
“I don’t know how to not be busy,” she laughs. “I thrive on activity.”
Merry fills the shoes of former managing editor Cecily Markland Condie, who began editing the then-fledgling paper—now the largest regional LDS newspaper in the country—some twenty years ago.
“We’ve gone from being a local newsletter to a regional paper,” Merry says. “The Mormon community in Arizona is so rich, and it’s still growing. I feel an obligation to reflect the depth and breadth of that heritage.”
Merry has lived most of her life in Arizona, earning degrees from the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University. She has taught for over sixteen years in the Valley, most recently taking on introductory theatre arts, honors language arts and dual enrollment English 101/102 through Rio Salado College.
In addition to her teaching career, Merry has freelanced for Education.com, Family Chronicle, Everton’s Genealogical Helper and The Imperfect Parent, among others. She enjoys writing about family history, a longtime passion, and motherhood—a round-the-clock job in itself which compelled her to put her writing aside when her children were younger.
“I appreciate the opportunity to write and edit again,” she says of taking on The Beehive editorship. “I enjoy collaborating with other creative people, and I love having the chance to cover Church- and family-related content. With the rise of social media, I feel that we’re seeing a more dynamic Church emerge, one that is more vibrant and engaged. I want to be part of that.”
Merry is married to her high school sweetheart and is the proud mother of three children. A convert of nearly twenty years, she currently serves as 1st counselor in the Young Women’s presidency of the Dreaming Summit Ward, Goodyear Stake.