Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Church Growth Developments in Colombia and Spain

First LDS congregation organized in Maicao, Colombia

The Church organized its first branch in the city of Maicao in northern Colombia.  With nearly 100,000 inhabitants, Maicao was the city with the fourth largest population unreached by the LDS Church prior to the organization of the new branch.  Within the past couple years, the Church established its first branch in neighboring Riohacha; possibly indicating coordinated mission efforts to expand outreach in Colombia's most populous cities that are unreached by the Church.  Both branches pertain to the Santa Marta Colombia District.

Missionaries assigned for the first time to Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain

Mission leadership in the Spain Barcelona Mission report that the first group was organized on the island of Ibiza and that full-time missionaries were permanently assigned.  The core of active membership in the small group consists of Paraguayan Latter-day Saints who relocated to the island but the Church has found a handful of local Spaniards who are members.  With approximately 150,000 inhabitants, Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands and pertains to the Baleares Spain District.  The Church in Spain has renewed outreach expansion efforts within the past year as new branches were recently organized in Vic, Huercal-Overa, and Villagarcia de Arousa.


Cliff said...

This is unrelated (sorry!), but I was wondering whether you are aware of any stakes that are divided into two different temple districts (part of the stake assigned to one temple, part to another)?

Alex said...

Cliff, as far as I can tell, there is no instance of that occurring. The Church on its website assigns temple districts based on stake and district lines, never ward or district branch ones.

twinnumerouno said...

However, there are some stakes where the members of a few units will more frequently attend a temple to which they're not assigned. For example, I live in the Meeker Colorado Stake, and our assigned temple is Vernal- however, there is one unit, the Eagle Valley Ward, which is significantly closer to Denver. The stake leadership tries to encourage them to go to Vernal, at least for stake temple days. I am not sure about other times.

dastew said...

The Montpellier Stake was divided between the Boston and Montreal Temple Districts. At least this was the case when I was a temple worker in Boston about 5 years ago. Whether or not that's still true I can't say.

TempleRick said...

One example is the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Stake. The stake unit itself is assigned to the Washington DC Temple District, but each ward and branch has an official individual assignment to either the Washington DC Temple or to the Columbus Ohio Temple.

McKeesport Branch
Monongahela Ward
Oakland YSA Ward
Pittsburgh 2nd Ward
Uniontown Branch

Pittsburgh 1st Ward
Pittsburgh 5th Ward
Pittsburgh 6th Ward
Pittsburgh 7th Ward
Washington Ward
Waynesburg Branch
Wheeling Ward
Wintersville Ward

L. Chris Jones said...

You have not updated potential temples list in a while. With all the anouncments in the past year what do you think will happen?
Also do you have a potential new stakes list for UT, ID and the rest of the USA?

L. Chris Jones said...

An old companion in Santa Rosa Ecuador wrote me last night that his district wants to be a stake and he beleives they will acheive it this year. He is either a councilman or councelor (conciliante) in the district.

Matt said...

I'll provide updated lists in the near future.

I know the Santa Rosa Ecuador District has worked for years to become a stake. Hopefully this will be the year for that to happen.