Star 3rd Ward Podcast

Ryan Riley

Welcome to ’The Star 3rd Ward Podcast’, a unique audio journey designed to bring the members of our ward family closer together. Our mission is to capture and share the diverse stories that weave the fabric of our community, offering a window into the lives, experiences, and hearts of those we may see every Sunday but wish to know more deeply. Each episode, we invite members of our ward to share their stories, testimonies, challenges, and triumphs. From the inspiring to the everyday, these narratives are the threads that bind us, promoting a greater sense of unity and strengthening the bonds within our spiritual family. Join us as we embark on this journey of connection, discovery, and fellowship. Through the power of shared stories, we aim to foster an environment of understanding, empathy, and support, enriching our ward community and drawing us closer to one another and to the gospel we cherish. ’The Star 3rd Ward Podcast’ isn’t just about listening—it’s about coming together to celebrate the unique individuals that make our ward family what it is. Tune in to connect, to learn, and to strengthen our ties, one story at a time. read less
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Episodes

The Thomases - Building Faith and Foundations at the Rome Temple
Apr 19 2024
The Thomases - Building Faith and Foundations at the Rome Temple
In this inspiring episode of 'The Star 3rd Ward Podcast,' we delve into the remarkable journey of Pat and DeAnn Thomas and their significant roles in the construction of the Rome Temple. Their story is a testament to faith, dedication, and divine guidance. Pat Thomas, serving as the landscape superintendent, was pivotal in bringing to life the vision of the temple's site plan and landscape architecture. His expertise and commitment ensured that the grounds of the temple would not only be beautiful but also a serene sanctuary reflecting the spirit of the sacred structure. Sister DeAnn Thomas contributed in a vital public relations capacity, supporting the overall project and facilitating the visits of Church leaders. Her role was crucial in bridging communication between the Church, the community, and all stakeholders involved, ensuring that the project not only progressed smoothly but also fostered goodwill and understanding. Together, Pat and DeAnn share their personal experiences and the challenges they faced during this monumental project. They reflect on the profound sense of the hand of the Lord guiding their efforts and the miraculous moments that underscored their service. This episode is not just about the construction of a temple but about building foundations of faith and the deep impact such service can have on individual lives and the broader community. Join us for a conversation with the Thomases as they recount the spiritual journey of building not just one of the Church’s most significant structures but also their own lasting legacy of faith and dedication.
The Mechams - Love, Labor, and Life's Lessons
Apr 16 2024
The Mechams - Love, Labor, and Life's Lessons
In this episode of 'The Star 3rd Ward Podcast,' we sit down with Brother and Sister Mecham to explore their heartfelt journey through life, love, and the lessons they've learned along the way. Their story begins at Utah State, where their paths first crossed, setting the stage for a lifelong partnership grounded in mutual respect and affection. Brother Blaine Mecham shares insights from his years working alongside his father on the family farm, reflecting on the deep-seated values of hard work and perseverance that have shaped him. Yet, amidst the demanding farm life, the Mechams open up about their regrets, particularly the times spent away from family and the initial lack of emphasis on temple attendance, highlighting how these experiences have realigned their priorities over the years. Beyond the fields, Brother and Sister Mecham also share their passion for sports and music—a testament to their belief in living a balanced life. From golf and tennis to their musical endeavors, these hobbies have not only brought joy but also valuable life lessons and family bonding opportunities. Rounding out their narrative is the touching story of adopting their middle child during a simpler time, adding a unique and enriching chapter to their family life. The Mechams discuss the joys and challenges of raising five children, the evolution of their family dynamics, and the deep love that has been both a foundation and a guide through their journey together. Join us as the Mechams offer a window into their lives, filled with enduring love, the rewards of hard labor, and the wisdom gained from a life well-lived. Their story is a beautiful reminder of the importance of family, faith, and finding joy in every aspect of life.
Sister Lorraine Ball - A Lifetime of Love, Service, and Faith
Apr 8 2024
Sister Lorraine Ball - A Lifetime of Love, Service, and Faith
In this heartfelt second episode of 'The Star 3rd Ward Podcast,' we are honored to welcome Sister Lorraine Ball, a beloved member of our ward family, who shares with us her rich tapestry of life experiences woven through love, wisdom, and an unwavering faith. With a spirit as nourishing as the meals she lovingly prepares, Sister Lorraine opens up about the pillars that have supported her through six decades of marriage with her husband, Ralph, and the challenges that have deepened her testimony. Sister Lorraine's story is a testament to the enduring power of family, connection, and community service. She takes us on a journey through her life, highlighting the significant role that food and service play in bringing people together and fostering lasting bonds. From meeting Ralph to celebrating 60 years of companionship, her narrative is sprinkled with insights on maintaining relationships, the importance of the temple, and the strength found in the teachings of the Savior. This episode is not just a recounting of personal history but a profound reflection on the Plan of Happiness that Heavenly Father has for each of us. Sister Lorraine's experiences offer a mirror to our own lives, encouraging us to cherish our loved ones, serve our community, and grow our faith through the trials and joys of life. Join us for an inspiring conversation with Sister Lorraine Ball, as we explore the essence of what makes life truly meaningful. Her wisdom and testimony are gifts to our ward, reminding us of the beauty in our journey together toward eternal happiness.
What's it like to be a new Bishop and why are we doing this podcast.
Apr 8 2024
What's it like to be a new Bishop and why are we doing this podcast.
In our inaugural episode of 'The Star 3rd Ward Podcast,' we sit down with Bishop Bryant to delve into the heart of our community and the purpose behind this podcast. As a new bishop, he shares his personal journey, the challenges and insights gained from stepping into this pivotal role within our ward, and how it has shaped his vision for our community. This episode goes beyond just an introduction; it's a foundational conversation that sets the stage for why we're launching this podcast. Bishop Bryant opens up about the transition into his new role, the responsibilities it entails, and the hopes he harbors for our ward family. Together, we explore the power of storytelling in building connections, fostering understanding, and strengthening the ties that bind us as a community of faith. Why are we doing this? It's simple yet profound: to help each member of our ward feel more connected, understood, and valued. By sharing our stories, we not only get to know each other better but also weave a tighter fabric of unity and support throughout our ward family. We conclude with a call to action for all our listeners. This podcast is more than just a series of episodes; it's a communal effort to bring our ward family closer. We encourage you to be a part of this journey by sharing your stories, offering your insights, and helping us create a platform that truly represents the spirit of our ward. Join us for a heartwarming discussion that promises to inspire, unite, and remind us of the beauty of our shared journey in faith.