Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Gila Valley Temple



In a joint annoucement with the Gilbert Arizona Temple, President Thomas S. Monson has announced the construction of a temple in Arizona's Gila Valley. The temple will serve the faithful saints of southeastern Arizona—sparing them the 150-mile drive to the Mesa Arizona Temple.1Located at the base of the soaring PinaleƱo Mountains, the adjoining communities of Thatcher and Safford in the Gila Valley are best known among members of the Church as the home of President Spencer W. Kimball, 12th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Though born in Salt Lake City, President Kimball was reared in Thatcher from the age of 3. And after returning home from a mission and marrying Camilla Eyring in the Salt Lake Temple, the Kimballs settled in Safford to raise their children and run an insurance business. In the early 1980s, President Kimball initiated an unprecedented worldwide temple-building program. A temple in the Gila Valley is a tremendous tribute to his memory.

4 comments:

C Cathcart said...

I am soooo excited for this! And now Phoenix area gets a Temple too! Hip Hip Hooray!

Sandy said...

Hello my name is Sandy. I live here in the Gila Valley too. We are so excited about the temple. A friend told me there was a picture of it out. I did a google search for it and found your blog. Is this what the temple is going to look like? It's gorgeous. Where did you get the picture from? Don't worry I won't stalk your blog I just happened upon it and had to know if this was a picture of what the temple will look like.

Karen said...

Sandy, I actually know you... you are in 6th Ward and went to camp with me a couple years ago. I wouldn't mind at all if you stalked my blog, I actually wish I knew you better. As far as the temple goes, the one in this picture is just a random one, but my husband has a picture of it from some plans, maybe I should post it.

Janet said...

Karen; I too was looking for a picture and found you, what fun! My husband and I are in Salt Lake on a family History Mission. We like to keep in touch with what is going on with the Temple. Hope to be there when it is ready for the open house. Thank you for SYMVPO
risharing. Sister janet Ferrin