This is part of a three part series introducing our stake to the new stake presidency. We begin with our new stake president.
What is your favorite thing about living in this stake?
This area is beautiful, but what got us here was the idea that we could raise our kids alongside some of the most amazing youth I have met. As the saying goes, “The apple does not fall far from the tree,” and we have some really amazing parents here also. There is a wonderful culture of inclusion here in this stake.
How did you feel when you were called as the stake president?
Presidents Daly, Whitesides, Woffinden . . . these were my heroes while growing up here and to ever think I would occupy a seat where they once sat is profoundly humbling!
What are you most looking forward to in this new calling?
Certainly getting to know our stake family better. Being able to see the hand of the Lord work in people’s lives is so enriching. This is what makes a serving a mission so rich. Seeing people come closer to Christ through consecrated service be it our missionaries or in callings to serve, that selfless service in the kingdom is inspiring.
Right now with this call in mind, I love 2 Timothy 1:7-9:
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began."
What do you like to do for fun?
Anything with my wife and kids. We are an outdoors family so you will often find us rock climbing, rappelling down canyons in Utah, trail running, kayaking, mountain biking.
What is your favorite food?
I love lasagna.
Where did you serve your mission?
Auckland, New Zealand
President Hess would like you to know:
I have a testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel. I love the scriptures. They are the words of eternal life!