Mormon temple dedicated in Arizona

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  • Zoniezoobie
    May 24, 2010 4:16 p.m.

    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.

  • way2go
    May 24, 2010 2:43 p.m.

    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.

  • The Caravan Moves On
    May 24, 2010 11:49 a.m.

    Another Temple?


    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?

  • Arizona Boy
    May 24, 2010 9:25 a.m.

    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!

  • msampson
    May 24, 2010 8:27 a.m.

    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).

  • Anon 808
    May 24, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    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.

  • awsomeron
    May 24, 2010 1:39 a.m.

    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,

  • milojthatch
    May 24, 2010 1:27 a.m.

    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.