■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hemet held its annual Family Values Awards the evening of Sept. 10.
The awards honors those who have made an outstanding contribution to the community and have exhibited leadership in strengthening the family through dedicated commitment to positive family values.
“It wasn’t at random,” explained Leonce Arceneaux, Hemet Stake director of public affairs. “We have a list of about 10 individuals to give these awards to. We asked people of the community and members of our church who they knew that they felt would be worthy of receiving this honor.”
The 2017 recipients included three couples: Pastor Randy Jones and his wife Nancy; Third District Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington and his wife Kathy; and San Jacinto City Councilman Andrew Kotyuk and his wife Amanda.
“It’s an honor to share this moment with the Washingtons and the Joneses as well in our community and what they stand for,” said Kotyuk as he accepted his award. “There are certain people in our lives that have provided us with examples of parenting, community service, keeping the family close and providing us with a real guidance, who made us who we are.”
Andrew and Amanda both believe in practicing what they preach. They have high expectations of their children and lead by example. By actively including them in their daily responsibilities, this children learn how to practice these values.
“We just let our hearts lead us through the day, and try to work at leaving our community a better place than when we found it,” said Washington. “We’re small and we’re close-knit, but we’ve been blessed with good health and a loving family.”
With two grandchildren, the Washingtons felt fortunate to maintain such a strong family core while also consistently engaging with the community. The Joneses share a similar formula, with three grandchildren and a fourth on the way.
“We believe that family values are the things that allow for change, reconciliation, and restoration,” said Jones. “I believe we can continue to see good things happen in our community.”
The awards night was made possible with the efforts and contributions of Stake Relief Society Presidency and their husbands, the Young Single Adult Ward, Anady’s, Curry Printing, and Echo Hills Golf Course.