"And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost…." 1 Nephi 3:187


Phoenix Local News: January 2018

Wow! I think the summer heat has finally decided to leave Arizona and Phoenix, for a little while at least! This was a record-breaking summer. Someone was so happy to see the heat leave that it was decided to have an evening service outside! It was nice, although I heard a few folks mention they could smell someone cooking something that smelled very tasty.

The fall was busy as usual for the church. There was the cleanup day prior to Reunion – Dan and I were in Kansas City at the time; but, I should tell you that Sr. Bonnie E. managed to wrangle me into helping the ladies do the twice-yearly cleanup of the church kitchen there. I
spent a couple of hours cleaning out that very old oven! I think almost every time we’re there it’s during the garage sale or kitchen cleanup!

The Cider Press raised a very nice $1,200 for the young people. Congratulations to them and all who contributed. Maybe next year we can try for even more!

Our Sr. Sasha Yates is hosting Bible studies at her home on certain Thursday evenings for the ladies. If you are interested in participating please contact her. We are still doing the Biblical Narratives, generally on Sunday evenings. Hopefully, you’ve all seen them on live stream. Anyone can participate, and if you are interested please see Sr. Michelle Yates. Everyone has done an amazing job.

Of course, the Reunion came and went all too quickly. We had many friends and family attend, while guest speakers included
Elder Bob Hedrick, Apostle Placido Koyoc Matu and Elder Rich Bove.

We have been asked at our local to spend time in prayer concerning the physical expansion of our church. Do we have the real desire and the monetary backing to undergo this expansion? We have been asked to invite the ministry to our homes to study and discuss the Lord. Is this just a Phoenix Local issue? I doubt it. I’m sure many locals are facing issues with expansion or not, and trying to keep members active and engaged.

And finally, as usual, there are so many, many needs among us. I am not even going to mention names. I think we are all aware of most of those who are in need of our prayers. I would like to ask that we might remember to think about those who don’t always ask for help…those who think that “their” needs aren’t important or “horrible” enough compared to those they hear about in church each week. I’m very sure that each and every one of us has something that we are dealing with. I hope that each of you and your family have a blessed New Year.

DiAnn Hedrick