LENEXA, Kans. More than 200 people, including local Church and community leaders, their families and guests recently gathered in the Lenexa Kansas Stake Center to honor 10 individuals who go "Above and Beyond" the call of duty in their positions to strengthen families and communities.
A private reception was held at the meetinghouse which allowed local bishops and stake presidents along with Elder Hugh W. Pinnock of the Seventy and Elder Kay Christensen, Area Authority Seventy, to meet and greet the award winners and invited guests.
Among those honored were three mayors, the publisher of the Kansas City Star, the founder of the Kansas City Children's Museum, the past president of an LDS Spanish-speaking branch in the inner city, the superintendent of a major school district, a television news anchor, the president of a manufacturing concern and a noted civic leader.
The award ceremony included music by the Lenexa Ward choir, the showing of a customized video highlighting the families and activities of each honoree and the presentation of hand-crafted, engraved eagle statuettes.
Lenexa Kansas Stake President David Hepworth said: "We believe families are the basic unit of society. But a good, solid community is an integral part of that strength. That is why we are pleased to honor those who work so hard to make our cities better places in which to live, work and raise families."
Elder Pinnock, president of the North America Central Area, also commended the recipients for their outstanding service and praised their willingness to help others. He bore testimony of the greatest exemplar of service, the Savior, to whom he referred as "our Lord and Master."
Each recipient of the award was given the opportunity to share his or her thoughts in accepting the award.