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Laurel Expedition 2017

These adventurous Laurels spent the weekend rappelling through Secret
Canyon, floating the Colorado in the dark, night hiking to the hot spring,
camping, and surviving the long march out! They carried their own gear,
boats, oars, life jackets, and rappelling harnesses in packs weighing more
than 30 pounds. They pitched their own tents, ate dehydrated meals, pondered
the beauty of the Earth, felt the spirit, and proved they can do really hard
things!  Laurel Expedition 2017 was a great success thanks to President and
Sister Hess, some willing leaders, and a whole bunch of adventurous girls!

We were featured on LDS.org!

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Meet your Presidency! Introducing Brad Cooper

This is part of a three part series introducing our stake to the new stake presidency. We contine with our new first counselor. 

What is your favorite thing about living in this stake?

The people! The Santa Margarita Stake is amazing in so many ways because of the individuals! Elder Kim B. Clark at stake conference captured our stake wonderfully when he said we are "this close to Zion as a a people.” I am so blessed and grateful to raise my children in this stake of Zion. 

 

How did you feel when you were called into the presidency?

Shocked, humbled and completely surprised!


What are you most looking forward to in this new calling?

Getting to know more members of the stake. I am also so excited to learn form President Hess and President Warnick. They are men whom I love and deeply admire and I know the Lord has called them to lead our stake at this time. I sustain them fully.  


What is your favorite scripture?

D&C 84:88. "And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up."

I know that when I am on the Lord's errand, I am never alone.

 

What do you like to do for fun?

Skiing - water and snow.  I love to ski with my kids!


Did you serve a mission? Where?

I served in the Italy Milan mission - a long time ago! The first stake in Italy was organized about a year after I returned from the mission field, to give you an idea of just how long ago. I loved my mission. It was a defining period in my life that taught and shaped me significantly.   


What is the one thing you'd like the members of this stake to know about you?

I love the Lord and my greatest desire is to serve Him by serving the members of this stake for whom I have great love, admiration and respect.

 

What is your favorite food?

UH - ITALIAN - could there be any other answer from someone who lived in Italy?  

 

Meet your new Stake Presidency! Introducing Bob Warnick

This is part of a three part series introducing our stake to the new stake presidency. We contine with our new first counselor. 

What is your favorite thing about living in this stake? 

The most faithful, valiant people I’ve ever been associated with.  We have raised our children here and can’t think of anyplace we would rather be.

How did you feel when you were called into the presidency? 

Humbled, and very surprised.  I certainly never expected to have this opportunity again.  However, I am excited to serve in any way that I can.

What are you most looking forward to in this new calling? 

Getting to know all of the members that I don’t already know.  Serving with President Hess and President Cooper and the rest of the stake leadership; they are fantastic.

What is your favorite scripture? 

I have many favorites, but one of the best is 2 Nephi 31:20. Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.

What do you like to do for fun? 

Be with my family; travel with my sweetheart; spend time at our cabin near Yellowstone; golf.

Did you serve a mission? Where? 

I served in the New Zealand North Mission, the best mission in the church!



What is the one thing you'd like the members of this stake to know about you? 

Besides the fact that I know that the church is true, I have way too much fun in my callings!

What is your favorite food? 

Never met a meal I didn’t like!  But it’s hard to beat slightly overdone Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies.

Meet Your Presidency! Introducing President Kirk D. Hess

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.


Favorite scripture:
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!