New temple adds to Gila Valley's legacy

As construction on The Gila Valley Arizona Temple progressed day by day over the past 14 months, so did testimonies, conversions, reactivations and commitments to being worthy to attend the temple.

Since ground was broken Feb. 14, 2009, Church leaders in seven stakes comprising the new temple district have seen miracles happen in the lives of people.

"It has been an incredible experience," said Bishop Vaughn Grant of the Pima 4th Ward, Pima Arizona Stake. "It's the Lord's work, but to see it happen so quickly is nothing short of a miracle," he said. "There has been an incredible increase of the Spirit here."

He has witnessed the effects of that Spirit in lives that are changing and families that are being blessed.

His ward has already had 14 baptisms of those whose spiritual conversions are linked to the temple being built or from experiences during the recent open house. "Ours is just one of many wards where this is happening," he said.

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