Stake History[]

2005 New Stake Creation[]

The Surprise Arizona Stake, which includes the Cactus Lane, El Mirage, Kingswood Park, Surprise 1st and 2nd, Wickenburg and Willow Canyon wards, and the Wenden Branch, has been created by Elder Gene R. Cook of the Seventy.

SURPRISE ARIZONA STAKE: (Jan. 16, 2005) Created from the Peoria Arizona North Stake. President — Alvin Bennett Hancock, 56, building contractor; wife, Carol Ann Stewart Hancock. Counselors — Quinn Raymond Kellis, 38, director of education services for Deer Valley Unified School District; wife, Suzanne Kae Moore Kellis. Adam Shane Nally, 35, physician; wife, Tiffini Lee Morrow Nally.

2020 New Stake Presidency[]

SURPRISE ARIZONA STAKE: (Feb. 2, 2020) President — Chance Austin Mikos, 44, owner, Mikos Insurance Group; succeeding James L. Ellis; wife, Amy Hatch Mikos. Counselors — Dennis Glenn Smith, 65, owner, Southwest Soil Stabilization; wife, Kelley Brooke Bochman Smith. Brigham Scott Bennett, 49, building plans examiner, City of Surprise; wife, Carla Rochelle Gavin Bennett.[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:

Phoenix Arizona Temple[]


On May 15, 2013, the traditional gold-leafed figure of the angel Moroni was installed atop the spire of the Phoenix Arizona Temple to an audience of enthusiastic workers and members who gathered to the temple to witness the milestone event.

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