By Cecily Markland
David E. LeSueur, recently called as the first Gilbert Arizona Temple President, says he is grateful for the opportunity.
“I love what I have felt and continue to feel,” in the temple, he says. “I love what it does for me, and for all the children of men who are anxious to improve their lives and come closer to their Heavenly Father.”
President LeSueur, 64, serves with his wife, Nancy Lee Rigby LeSueur, the new temple matron.
His counselors and the assistants to the matron are Darl Andersen, first counselor, and his wife, Kaye, and Robert H. Hicken, second counselor, and his wife, Patricia.
Prior to his current calling, President LeSueur served as an Area Seventy. He also was president of the Philippines Manila Mission, stake president, high councilor and a bishop’s counselor. Now retired, President LeSueur was founder and chief executive officer of LeSueur Investments. A Mesa native, he is the son of Leo Robertson and Thelma Claire Leslie LeSueur.
In addition to serving with her husband in the Philippines Manila Mission, Sister LeSueur has been a stake Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, stake and ward music chairman and organist.
She learned to love the temple from her parents, Charles Emery and Mary Jayne Rigby, who attended the temple often.
“My parents were temple workers for many years and my 93-year-old father is still an ordinance worker in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple. I have loved my service as an ordinance worker as well,” she says, adding, “I love the temple because it is a great pattern for our homes—beautiful and well built, orderly, clean, peaceful, and a place of service. The spirit that I feel in the temple is the spirit that I want to feel in my home.”
First counselor in the temple presidency, President Andersen, has been a bishop and a member of a stake presidency. He and Sister Andersen were stake missionary prep teachers when they received their new callings.
President Andersen says, “The peace and joy that we receive whenever we enter the doors of the House of the Lord cannot be matched anywhere else on this earth. We feel a strong desire to recommit ourselves to be better spouses, parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors and examples of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ.”
The new second counselor, President Hicken, has served as bishop, in a stake presidency and as Mission President of the Mexico Mexico City East Mission.
“I love the peace and solace of the temple,” he says. “The spirit of our Heavenly Father permeates all that takes place in the temple. Those who work as temple workers as well as the patrons are a joy and inspiration to be with.”
President LeSueur says he, too, has been inspired by the love and dedication to the temple demonstrated by Arizona Latter-day Saints.
“This Temple is a tribute to every, God-loving, commandment-keeping, tithe-paying Saint in this community. It would never have been built without them. We can’t look at the temple without thinking of their sacrifices, their perseverance, their faith and faithfulness, and their goodness,” he says.
He continues, “There will never be in this part of the Valley a greater tribute to the faith of men and women, deceased and living, nor a greater blessing to their posterity than this Holy House. Our sons and daughters will be endowed there, married there, and, like us, will serve there for generations to come.”
Sister LeSueur believes, “The Saints in Gilbert will be blessed as they attend the temple and claim the blessings that are promised there.” In turn, “The righteous example of parents will bless their children.”
“I believe the full impact of having a temple in Gilbert will not be realized for a long time to come,” President Hicken adds.
President LeSueur encourages all worthy members to attend the temple. Referring to April General Conference, he says, “We were encouraged to ‘remember’ our temple commitments and promises.”
“And,” he adds, “the best way to ‘remember’ is to come often and ‘review.’ We are thrilled with the numbers of patrons who are doing just that, and we invite all within and outside of the temple district to take advantage of this marvelous blessing.”