Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Stake In Peru

For the first time since 2003, a new stake was created in Peru from a division of existing stakes. Since that time, every new stake has been created from a district. The new stake is the Chimbote Perú Buenos Aires Stake and was created last Sunday. This becomes the third stake in Chimbote, which has had around 20 wards and a few branches in two stakes, and the 88th stake in Peru. Only three other countries have more stakes than Peru, which are the United States (1,438), Brazil (224) and Mexico (212). The country with the most stakes after Peru is the Philippines with 78.

4 comments:

Gnesileah said...

I am glad Peru is getting a second temple, in Trujillo. I agree with you that a third temple, probably in Arequipa, is likely to be announced in the next couple years. The temple in Lima should probably be enlarged too. I find it interesting that the Lima Temple is the second smallest temple in the Church, with only 9,600 square feet. Only the Colonia Juarez Temple is smaller. Yet, the Lima Temple District has the second largest number of stakes in the Church with 85 stakes. Only the Jordan River Temple has more, currently, at 112 stakes.

Matt said...

I have found this to be interesting as well. It is amazing to think that the first stake was created in Peru 39 years ago. Thank you for your comment. I too look forward to the potential of a temple in Arequipa.

Carlos said...

I want the third temple to be build in Cuzco, Peru.

Matt said...

A temple in Cuzco would have a score of 23 according to the model I developed, assuming that a temple in Arequipa would be announced before a temple in Cuzco (otherwise the score would be much higher accounting for the other stakes in southern Peru. Considering a temple in Cuzco would likely only serve four stakes and six or seven districts, it seems that it might be a while before a temple is announced here. We only see temple districts which are that small in North America, Europe and the South Pacific. These temples also tend to be the 10,700 square foot temples, which we have not seen among new temples built in the past five or so years.