Matt, Great stuff in the newsletter. I meant to comment that last week at the ward council training for the Raleigh NC mission, Elder Zwick said they expect the number of missionaries to rise to about 91,000 and then taper back to 84,000 in about 18 months. Then it will head up to 100,000 in about 3 years-5 years. The see it staying at 100,000 foreseeable future once it gets it there.
The Legacy Branch (Care Center), Spanish Fork Utah Stake, was created on 27 October. There are now 8 wards and 1 branch in the stake:Cambridge WardMount Loafer WardMount Nebo WardMountain View WardSpanish Fork 5th WardSpanish Fork 8th WardSpanish Fork 15th WardSpanish Peak WardLegacy Branch (Care Center)
A lot of very interesting articles.On Area Seventies, I thought I would mention that they have considerably more authority than regional representatives had. When President Hinckley announced their ordination as Seventies, he stated that they are to:(a) preside at stake conferences and train stake presidencies; (b) create or reorganize stakes and set apart stake presidencies; (c) serve as counselors in Area Presidencies; (d) chair regional conference planning committees; (e) serve on area councils presided over by the Area Presidency; (f) tour missions and train mission presidents; and (g) complete other duties as assigned.(b), (c), and (f) were not part of the regional representative calling. Training stake presidencies was their original responsibility in 1967 and in 1979 were given (e).They mostly serve at the discretion of the area presidency (or in the US and Canada, the presidency of the seventy). Area authorities not serving in area presidencies preside over 1 to 4 coordinating councils of stake and mission presidents. But, they also take responsibilities inside their areas (and in a few cases in other areas inside their quorum's responsibility--for example, my current area seventy, Elder Lansing, has presided over stake conferences in Alabama in another area, but still inside the 6th quorum).Currently, there are 234 distributed as follows:Africa Southeast Area 7Africa West Area 9Asia Area 6Asia North Area 8Brazil Area 15Caribbean Area 4Central America Area 10Europe Area 16Europe East Area 7Idaho Area 6Middle East/Africa North Area 2México Area 19North America Central Area 8North America Northeast Area 9North America Northwest Area 5North America Southeast Area 7North America Southwest Area 10North America West Area 9Pacific Area 11Philippines Area 10South America Northwest Area 16South America South Area 17Utah North Area 4Utah Salt Lake City Area 10Utah South Area 9
The Cooley Station Ward, Gilbert Arizona Williams Field Stake, was created on 3 November. There are now 7 wards in the stake:Chaparral WardCooley Station WardFairview WardGateway Married Student WardMaplewood WardPecos Park WardStratland WardThe Huntington Beach SA Ward, Huntington Beach California Stake, was created on 3 November. There are now 9 wards in the stake:Fountain Valley 1st WardFountain Valley 2nd WardFountain Valley 3rd WardHuntington Beach 1st WardHuntington Beach 3rd WardHuntington Beach 4th WardHuntington Beach 7th WardHuntington Beach SA WardHuntington Beach YSA WardThe Kings Park and Stetson Valley wards, Glendale Arizona North Stake, were created on 3 November. There are 10 wards in the stake:Arrowhead Ranch WardBellair WardFoothills WardKings Park WardMountain Ridge WardSierra Verde WardSonoran Mountain WardStetson Valley WardSunburst WardThunderbird Hills WardThe Spring Haven Ward, Lehi Utah Willow Park Stake, was created on 3 November. There are now 9 wards and 1 branch in the stake:Colony Pointe WardGreen Park WardJordan Meadows WardJordan River WardLehi 7th WardLehi 12th WardLehi 39th WardSpring Haven WardWillow Creek WardLehi 44th Branch (Sign Language)The Woodland Springs 2nd Ward, Colleyville Texas Stake, was created on 3 November. There are now 15 wards in the stake:Bedford WardColleyville WardColleyville YSA WardEuless 1st WardEuless 2nd Ward (Tongan)Euless 3rd Ward (Tongan)Grapevine WardHeritage WardKeller 1st WardKeller 2nd WardRoanoke WardSouthlake WardTrophy Club WardWoodland Springs 1st WardWoodland Springs 2nd WardThe Park Lane Branch, Farmington Utah West Stake, was created on 3 November. There are now 9 wards and 1 branch in the stake:Farmington Pointe WardFarmington Ranches 1st WardFarmington Ranches 2nd WardFarmington Ranches 3rd WardFarmington Ranches 4th WardHunters Creek WardMeadows WardQuail Crossing WardSpring Creek WardPark Lane BranchThe Spokane 4th Branch (Spanish), Spokane Washington East Stake, was created on 3 November. There are now 8 wards and 1 branch in the stake:Belle Terre WardBowdish WardDishman Mica WardEvergreen WardPainted Hills WardPines WardPonderosa WardTerrace View YSA WardSpokane 4th Branch (Spanish)
Does anyone have any info on the Park Lane Branch? In my experience it's rather uncommon that branches without a specific designation (foreign language, correctional, care center) are created in suburban Utah. Also, the Colleyville Texas Stake will probably split in the near future. Good to see Texas grow. There is a lot of potential, especially among Hispanics.
From a Sept 2013 blog post from Elder J. Harmon serving in PeruOh, we had the amazing opportunity to be trained by a seventy this week. I don´t know how we are so lucky. But he said that a few weeks ago when he was with Elder Cook, Elder Cook told him something that really surprised him. This is what he said (Not word for word but basicly):This is the most important time in all of the History of the Church! Everything before has been leading up to this moment.1.Worldwide Communication (Satellite, Radio, Internet, etc)2.The Building of Temples Worldwide3.Worldwide Recognition of the Church (Mitt Romney, The Book of Mormon Musical, etc)4.New Youth Programs to Prepare the Youth for Missions5.Age change for Missionaries6.New Focus on Missionary workHe then said that Elder Cook Said: In the next few years the Church will become more powerful then it has EVER been, and that it will grow at an amazing pace!http://elderharmonperu.blogspot.com/2013/09/my-new-sector-izcuchaca.html
I think that because of the age change, more people will serve missions. This is particularly true of sisters.This could result in more converts during this surge, but I think the real benefits will be seen over several decades as the additional returned missionaries have impacts where they live in growing the church.
I searched for Park Lane and found a relatively new apartment complex called Park Lane Village in Farmington, across the freeway from Lagoon.Looking it over, I notice nobody gets parking spaces or garages. The website states that it is convenient to mass transit and walking and bike riding. Zip cars are available.It even says to leave your car behind when you move in.So, apparently, this is a location where people live, but are dependent on public transport and it may not be convenient for residents to go to a ward.
Actually, looking further about Park Lane Village, I do see that garages/covered parking are available. But, the selling point still appears to be life without cars.
I actually think I remember walking through this complex last summer while it was still under construction. I was on my way to the Davis County fairgrounds which are just adjacent. So is the Farmington Frontrunner Station. My assumption would be that they'll probably get a ward once more people move in but right now just have a branch to get the Church started there. You're right -- I-15 pretty much cuts this settlement off from the rest of Farmington. Interesting. If I get an afternoon off sometime, I might go back there and look. It's only about a half hour drive from where I live. Thanks for the info!
The Mountain View 7th Branch, West Jordan Utah Mountain View Stake, was created on 3 November. There are now 7 wards and 2 branches in the stake:Mountain View 1st WardMountain View 2nd WardMountain View 3rd WardMountain View 6th WardMountain View 8th WardMountain View 10th WardMountain View 4th Ward (Spanish)Mountain View 5th Branch (Care Center)Mountain View 7th Branch
As long as we are talking about individual wards, the Belmont Ridge Ward in the Ashburn VA Stake is said to be the smallest LDS ward east of the Mississippi River. Is this true?Loudoun County is a boom area with a lot of new LDS constantly moving in and out. To the east is the Ashburn Ward, to the south is the Brambleton Ward, to the west and north is the Goose Creek Ward.Any idea of the smallest eastern US wards?I have heard of some small ones in Santiago, Chile, and I imagine the same in Lima, Peru.
@Ed Clinch.I went onto Lds.org under the maps and looked at the Belmont Ridge Ward and it does look small. However, I believe the Garrisonville Ward, Fredricksburg VA Stake is smaller.I wish I could post a screenshot because it is tiny. Look up Stafford VA to get an idea of where it as at.
The Garrisonville Ward in Stafford County also claims to be the smallest ward in area east of the Mississippi.About a year ago, I attempted to download lat-lon data from LDS Maps to try to find out. I did download some, but didn't come close to achieving my goal. And then LDS Maps changed their format and I was unable to download the boundary data.Besides, Garrisonville Ward has split since I downloaded the boundary data. It is now about 1 square mile in area.I have some old friends from 2 decades ago that live in the Belmont Ridge Ward--I met them again going through the temple with their second son taking out his endowments in preparation for a mission.
Fascinating article on Bangladesh Matt, thanks!
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