Stake History[]

2004 New Stake Creation[]

The Gilbert Arizona Higley Stake, which includes the Ashley Heights, Bella Vista, Chaparral, Fairview, Gateway, Higley and Summerfield wards, has been created by Elder W. Rolfe Kerr of the Seventy.

GILBERT ARIZONA HIGLEY STAKE: (Oct. 31, 2004) Created from the Gilbert Arizona San Tan Stake and the Gilbert Arizona Greenfield Stake. President — Mark Dee Pugmire, 53, president of Highland Homes; wife, Laurel Wells Pugmire. Counselors — Roy Arthur Daniel, 48, self-employed; wife, Deanna Cope Daniel. Aaron Rodney Bradshaw, 52, self-employed contractor; wife, Donna Mae Barnett Bradshaw.

2021 New Stake Presidency[]

GILBERT ARIZONA HIGLEY STAKE: (Feb. 14, 2021) President — Bryce Walter Burnham, 39, Booth Udall Fuller attorney; succeeding Darin L. Allred; wife, Karlie Evans Burnham. Counselors — Adam Copley Merrill, 47, Sahuaro Contracting vice president; wife, Kristie Anne Harris Merrill. Tyler Dennis Ray, 40, Seminaries and Institutes seminary coordinator and Ruffhouse Vinyl Play Systems LLC owner, playground manufacturing; wife, Kristin Lindblom Ray.[1]

Maricopa County Home Centered Church Opportunities[]

We teach that true religion begins in the home: "Home Centered / Church Supported". To that end families may consider the following local resources and programs to strengthen your core beliefs and values:

1. Come Follow Me: - Daily & Weekly family gospel study
2. Vanguard Scouting: - Featuring age-appropriate Family Activities, Service, Crafts, Field Trips, & Outdoor Adventures. The Benefits of Scouting are many, and there are lots of personal growth ideas to help your boys and girls to pursue the new Churchwide Children & Youth Program.
3. LIFE School Curriculum: an LDS gospel based homeschool program that is built on the foundation of the scriptures, giving the child a sense of who he is and setting him on the path of discovering his divine mission. It is presented in a four year chronological rotation, integrating all areas of study to create a clear picture of the history of our world.
4. Family History: Resources to help you explore your family tree

    • Mormon Pioneers - 200+ stories of early faithful Latter-day Saint pioneers.
    • Familypedia - Come help build Arizona's largest Family History online Encyclopedia.

5. Stripling Warriors on Facebook - LDS Children preparing to build Zion across Arizona and around the world.
6. Local Recreation:

Gilbert Arizona Temple[]


On May 15, 2012, hundreds of spectators gathered to the Gilbert Arizona Temple to witness the raising of the gold-leafed angel Moroni statue atop the single central spire. Numerous students, who attend a grade school across the street from the temple, gathered in the school parking lot that day with their families. As Moroni began his flight, a large group of middle school students created a spiritually poignant moment as they broke into song, singing the Primary favorite I Love to See the Temple.

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