Wednesday, February 24, 2010

District Discontinued in Alaska

The Anchorage Alaska Bush District was discontinued and the seven branches were reorganized under the Anchorage Alaska , Anchorage Alaska Chugach , and Anchorage Alaska North Stakes. The district was created in 1979 and has stood out among the districts of the Church due to its remoteness and challenges. Members living in the same congregations have sometimes never met due to large distances between members' homes and video or telephone conferences are routine. Members residing in the former district now have the benefits of living within the boundaries of a stake which include the ordination of high priests, a patriarch, greater independence from mission leadership, and increased responsibility for temple and missionary work. It is unclear which branches will be assigned to each stake, but some of the larger branches may become wards in the coming years as they belong to a stake.

There are now 1,452 stakes and 11 districts in the United States.

9 comments:

Matt said...

The Nome Branch is in the Chugach Stake

Sam said...

Anchorage North Stake
Dillingham Branch
Maplewood Branch
Naknek Branch
Airport Heights Ward
Anchorage 16th Ward
Anchorage Ward
Campbell Park Ward
Inlet View Ward
Lake Hood Ward
Northern Lights Ward
Russian Jack Ward
Turnagain Ward

Sam said...

Chugach Stake
Bethel Branch
Kotzebue Branch
Muldoon Branch
Nome Branch
Alpenglow Ward
Arctic Valley Ward
Beach Lake Ward
Bear Mountain Ward
Centennial Park Ward
Chester Valley Ward
Chugach Foothills Ward
Meadow Creek Ward

Sam said...

Anchorage
Anchorage Bush Branch
Dutch Harbor Branch
Girdwood Branch
Brayton Ward
Cook Inlet Ward
Huffman Ward
Jewel Lake Ward
Klatt Ward
O'Malley Ward
Rabbit Creek Ward
Sand Lake Ward

Ryan said...

This is very interesting, since this was very unexpected. This Sunday will be interesting, as we now have 3 more branches in our Stake, and it will be nice to give them the opportunity to grow into wards and expand into other villages. It is a wonder why the Nome and Kotzebue branches didn't go to the Fairbanks Stake, since the boundaries are large already.

Matt said...

I wonder if at the same time we will see some stake splits too like the Wasilla Stake splitting to create the Palmer Stake or another Anchorage Stake being created.

Ryan said...

That would be awesome if there were a few stake splits. We have enough wards in Anchorage for another Stake, and Wasilla, too, but I think that this is just a Stake Conference. Though someone said there might be an Area Seventy attending our conference, so it might be a Regional Conference, too. It would be great for Palmer to be a Stake, so that would be less travel time for Glennallen and Valdez, too. I'm thinking there might be some new wards, too because I know our ward and the other two wards in Anchorage were growing, so here might be a new ward (or two). I don't know about the Eagle River Wards, so I don't know if they will split. Only 4-ish more days until Conference!

Ryan said...

s reflected on Stake Websites. Can't wait until tomorrow!

Ryan said...

Our Stake Pres. said he isn't going to be released and that one of the counselors will. He said we will need to wait until tomorrow for "the announcement"