Izzo new bishop of local Latter-day Saints

The Princeton Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received a new bishop on Feb. 5. Nicholas Izzo, 37, Isanti, replaced Ronald Watson, also from Isanti, who served as bishop for nearly seven years. An LDS bishop presides over the local congregation of the church, called a ward, as the priesthood leader.

“We need to look towards our Savior for greater strength in our lives and become the individual that He wants us to become,” Bishop Izzo said, pointing to Philippians 4:13 from the New Testament for a vision of his leadership. “As we do so, we will have greater peace in this life and be able to face our trials and challenges that we face with power from on high.”

Latter-day Saint clergy receive no pay for ecclesiastical responsibilities and maintain their paid employment while serving. Bishop Izzo is a supply chain manager for a global container company. Brian Merkley, Big Lake, and Hugh Duke, Becker, have been called to serve as counselors to assist the bishop in his new responsibilities.

Bishop Izzo, who grew up in Coon Rapids, married his wife Sarah in Dec. 2000. They have four young children — three girls and a boy.  They moved to Isanti from Brooklyn Park eight years ago.

In addition to his strong faith in Jesus Christ, Bishop Izzo will also bring youth and vitality to this responsibility. At home he wrestles with his kids. Baseball is one of his all-time loves and he still remains actively involved in the baseball community.

The Princeton Ward congregation has more than 450 members with geographic boundaries that include the communities of Princeton, Zimmerman, Becker, Milaca, Foley, Cambridge and Isanti. All are invited to Sunday worship services at 9 a.m. at the LDS meeting house in Princeton at 100 Ave W. Hwy 95.