We attended the dedication in our stake center 'extension' of the Gila Valley
Temple in Mesa. We will miss our eastern brothers and sisters in the Mesa
Temple, but are so happy for them.Pres. Eyring conducted our session
(his Aunt Camilla married Pres. Kimball in the Gila Valley in 1917).Elder Holland gave a beautiful address about forgiveness in our lives and the
blessings given to us through temple ordinances. He was quite emotional telling
of our dear Arizona prophet, Spencer W. Kimball, of his teachings on
forgiveness, and how those teachings relate to the blessings provided in this
House of the Lord that now stands in the place where Pres. Kimball grew up.Pres. Monson was incredibly warm and jovial with the young ones outside
as he called on some of them to assist with placing mortar in the
cornerstone.Then, he shared his own remembrances of Pres. Kimball,
of the significance of a temple in this area, and the work that will be
accomplished for the living, those who have passed on, and those yet to come.
He concluded with a very moving and sacred dedicatory prayer.
I went to Eastern Arizona College many years ago and was thrilled to hear that a
temple would be built so close. How exciting for so many members of the church
in that area. I loved that area and my time there.
Another Temple?FANTASTIC!My Dad was born and raised in
Safford (my grandparents built a home on 409 East Relation Street right across
from the morturary) and my Mom was born and raised in Globe, about 70 miles
away. Great towns, both!For non-LDS readers, LDS temples are, quite
simply, literal "avenues to exaltation" in where families can be joined for all
eternity by the Lord's authority, the Priesthood. If those who enter into these
covenants are faithful, they will be blessed with an eternal family
relationship, and for family members who truly love and enjoy one another's
companionship, what can be better than that?
Come on now people. You talk as though this area is still primitive! There is
only one area code but many prefixes! The road to Mesa is not treacherous, get
real. Globe is not 5,000 feet in elevation and very rarely gets snow. It is
3,500 feet in elevation and the Safford, Thatcher, Pima area is much lower in
elevation, hence hotter temperatures! The Temple is located in Central, which
is in between Thatcher and Pima, hence the name Central. The whole area is
paradise, even though it does get very hot, it's a hot paradise!
Dear awesomeron; The name is actually pronounced like the Spanish "J" not "H".
In Spanish the "H" is silent but the "J" makes the "huh" sound like "jalapeno".
I live in Central, which is between Thatcher and Pima, where the temple is
located (I can see it from my backyard).
This Area is worth a Goggle Earth 5.1 look. You can get right in on the Temple.
The Apache Reservation starts not far to the West of Pima, and runs
almost all the way to Globe, Globe Az is above 5,000 ft has four seasons and
Snow and Ice in the Winter.The Indian Casino is near Globe. Part of
a Pretty but Pretty Nasty Road to Mesa Az. You drop down from the Mountains into
one of hottest places on Earth. Bring Water, some for you, some for the Car.
Leave the A/C Off as much as possible.The member used to have to
drive to Mesa and did so some every weekend.Safford has a Hospital
and a Small Non Commerical Airport.The Mines are interesting to look
at from the Google stand point. This was a good area to raise kids,
I had a decent time there and with very few exceptions find No Fault with
them.I am very happy for them that they have their Temple they will
Support it and make good use of it.
The Gila "G is pronounced H in Spanish" so in conversation it’s "The Hila
Valley. The Gila Valley consists of several Small Towns, The Employment is
Mining Copper, Bedroom Community for 2 State and 1 Federal Prison.Lets not forget Cotton, Pima Cotton, the thickest Cotton on Earth. Also the Home of Eastern Arizona College. I have a Diploma from the Thatcher
Institute Of Religion, located about a block from Spencer Kimball boyhood home.
The Towns are Safford, Thatcher, and Pima, The Temple is just
outside Pima. The area is mostly Mormon and they have release time
Seminary. They do not own the Town but they run the Town and very
well.Two Radio Stations and the TV comes from Phoenix buy Cable, or
now Dish.Not only one Area Code but one Prefix per Town, We used to
give people our last four numbers of our phone number.Safford is the
Commercial Center, Yes they have a Wal-Mart. Also they have the
Mount Graham Telescope and the Mount Gram Red Squirrel that the Environ Morons
tried to keep the Scope out with. They Failed.The Temple saves a 3hr
Trip to Mesa over some really Nasty Road,
I'm happy to see another temple built and dedicated and even more happy to see
something of good come out of states that has seen anything but last many weeks.
Let's hope the dedication of this temple will bring hope and love to Arizona
and chase away the spirit of hate and contentment that rests there now.