Stake History

2007 New Stake Creation

Maricopa Arizona Stake, which includes the Gila Bend, Maricopa 3rd (Spanish), and San Tan branches, and the Ajo, Maricopa 1st, Maricopa 2nd, Maricopa 4th, Maricopa 5th and Maricopa 6th wards, has been created by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Seventy. MARICOPA ARIZONA STAKE : (Dec. 9, 2007) Created from the Buckeye Arizona Stake and Casa Grande Arizona Stake. President — Malin Walter Lewis, 52, owner of Malin Lewis Dist.; wife, Sally Nelson Lewis. Counselors — Eric Daniel Goettl 33, Church educational System seminary principal; wife, Carrie Sue White Goettl. Rich Edward Radford, 43, sales representative at Spectrasoft; wife, Michelle Canepari Radford. [1]

Pinal 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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