Stake History[]

2004 Stake Division[]

The Mesa Arizona Desert Ridge Stake, which includes the Augusta Ranch 1st and 2nd, Mesquite Canyon, Mountain Ranch and Santa Rita 1st and 2nd wards, has been created by Elder Stephen B. Oveson of the Seventy. (Jan. 18, 2004) Created from the Mesa Arizona Salt River Stake and the Mesa Arizona Skyline Stake.[1]

2021 New Stake Presidency[]

MESA ARIZONA SKYLINE STAKE: (Jan. 17, 2021) President — Jonathan Rosell Ballard, 39, JPMorgan Chase Bank vice president, assistant general counsel; succeeding Jeffrey R. Decker; wife, LeAnne Alden Seebach Ballard. Counselors — Daniel Lopez Jacome, 49, Interline Real Estate Company LLC owner, Las Lomas Building Company LLC owner and Rowley Enterprises Inc. general manager; wife, Alva Ranee Morris Lopez. Kevin Jensen Tueller, 47, business owner and plumber; wife, Ana Maria Rigby Tueller.[2]

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:

Mesa Arizona Temple[]


The Mesa Arizona Temple was one of the first three temples announced in 1919 by the church to be built outside of Utah. Somewhat similar in design to the Cardston Alberta Temple and Laie Hawaii Temple. During Christmas there is a light display and a nativity scene. During late March to early April, the temple hosts the Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant Jesus the Christ, which attracts approximately 150,000 people annually and is the "largest annual outdoor Easter pageant in the world."

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