The Toronto YSA Branch, Toronto Ontario Stake, was created on 2 March. There are now 8 wards and 1 branch in the stake:Bayview Ward (Mandarin)Christie Ward (Spanish)Don Mills WardDon Valley WardMarkham Ward (Cantonese)Richmond Hill WardScarborough WardToronto WardToronto YSA BranchAlso, a Mandalay Ward in Capetown, South Africa, was created on 2 March, but its assigned stake is not yet showing up.
Maybe the Mandalay Ward is part of the new Bellville South Africa Stake created yesterday.
Makes sense Rick. There is a pending Bellville South Africa Stake in CDOL without much associated with it yet.The Capetown South Africa Stake is showing 9 wards and 4 branches. With an additional ward, I can see 2 stakes. The Khayelitsha Ward meets in a meetinghouse in Mandalay.I note that the Bellville and Panarama Wards meet in the Cape Town South Africa Stake Center. At least on LDS maps.My guess would be that the Mandalay Ward will remain in the Cape Town Stake, but five wards from the stake (Bellville, Milnerton, Paarl, Panarama, and Somerset West) will end up in the new stake. This is guessed at just by looking at the map. Of course officials there will use statistics and will have a better handle on what might make sense.
Fogo Cape Verde is still showing up as a district a month after it supposedly was elevated to a stake.
That is probably why a Fogo Cape Verde Stake was not included in the list of new stakes that were reported in the February 2014 Newsletter. When the second Cape Verde stake was created last year, the stake showed up fairly quickly but it took several months for the branches to be changed to wards.
Feb growth in Church Units+ 28 W&B; + 31 W - 3 br + 5 stakes - 2 districtsUS + 18; + 17 W + 1 br + 3 stakes (Searcy, Ar, Alliance Tx, Herrman Mountain View Ut)outside US + 10; + 14 W - 4 br + 2 stakes (Samoa and Ghana) - 2 districts (Guat, merged with other district, and Ghana, district became stake)Feb changes in Wards and Branch totals in nations outside US: Angola + 1 br, Arg - 2 br, Bolivia - 1 br, Botswana + 1 W, Brazil + 1 W, Canada + 1 W + 1 br, Chile - 1 W - 2 br, Cote d'Ivoire + 7 br, Germany + 1 W - 1 br, Ghana + 5W - 5 br, Guatemala + 1 W - 1 br, India + 1 br, Mexico + 1 W - 1 br, Morocco + 1 br, Nigeria + 1 br, Peru - 1 br, Philippines + 6 W - 1 br, South Africa - 1 W, Switzerland + 1 W - 1 br, Uruguay - 2 W (Total + 18 W created - 4 W discontinued and + 11 Br created - 15 Br discontinued or changed to Wards)Year to date Church Unit changes by continent or region:Asia + 8 W&B; Africa + 17; Europe + 0; North America + 35; Pacific + 0; South America - 16;Total increase 60 W&B; decrease 16, net + 44
Herriman Mountain View, not Herrman Mountain View
The Church History Symposium this weekend looks really Interesting from a Church Growth Perspective Is anyone going?“The Worldwide Church: The Global Reach of Mormonism.”http://ce.byu.edu/cw/churchhistory/schedule.php
Oh my gosh! That conference looks amazing! I wish so much that I were in Utah right now! Does anyone know if the lectures from the symposium will be recored/written down? I would really love to see pretty much every one of those sessions. Ugh.
I wrote an article here that you might be interested in. http://www.realclearreligion.org/articles/2014/03/04/post-american_mormonism.html
I agree, the Church History Symposium looks amazing. Hopefully the presentations are recorded and at least put on YouTube like last year's Symposium:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc5yYrpPFm2sT29LjdbicouCVVWdaA0BW
The Bellville South Africa Stake was created on 2 March. There are 5 wards in the stake:Bellville WardMilnerton WardMowbray WardPaarl WardPanorama WardThe Mandalay Ward, Cape Town South Africa Stake, was created on 2 March. There are now 5 wards and 4 branches in the stake:Fish Hoek WardKhayelitsha WardMandalay WardMeadowridge WardSomerset West WardGuguletu BranchHermanus BranchLanga BranchMitchell's Plain BranchThe Branchburg Branch (Spanish), Morristown New Jersey Stake, was created on 2 March. There are now 6 wards and 3 branches in the stake:Clinton WardDover Ward (Spanish)Ledgewood WardMorristown 1st WardNorth Branch WardSparta WardBranchburg Branch (Spanish)Morristown 2nd Branch (Spanish)The Enrile Branch, Tuguegarao Philippines South Stake, was created on 2 March. There are now 5 wards and 3 branches in the stake:Cabagan WardCataggaman WardPenablanca WardTuguegarao 2nd WardTuguegarao 4th WardEnrile BranchGosi BranchSan Bernardo BranchThe Mimboman Branch, Yaounde Cameroon District, Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa Mission, was created on 16 February. There are now 5 branches in the district:Anguissa BranchBastos 1st BranchBastos 2nd BranchEkounou BranchMimboman BranchThe St Johns River Ward, Jacksonville Florida South Stake , was created on 2 March. There are now 10 wards and 1 branch in the stake:Fleming Island 1st WardInterlachen WardJulington Creek WardMandarin 1st WardPalatka 1st WardPalatka 2nd WardSt Augustine Shores WardSt Augustine WardSt Johns River WardSt Johns WardCrescent City BranchThe Stonebridge Ward, Eagle Mountain Utah North Stake, was created on 2 March. There are now 11 wards in the stake:Eagle's Gate 1st WardEagle's Gate 2nd WardHighlands 1st WardHighlands 2nd WardHighlands 3rd WardKennekuk WardMount Airey WardNorthmoor WardRock Creek WardStonebridge WardWillow Springs Ward
Note, the new Bellville South Africa Stake essentially took in the northern half of the old Capetown South Africa Stake, with the new Capetown stake retaining the southern half.
The American Denj Branch, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia East District, Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Mission, was created on 2 March. There are now 6 branches in the district:American Denj BranchBaganuur BranchBayanzurkh BranchNalaikh BranchSansar BranchSukhbaatar BranchUlaanbaatar Mongolia Family History CenterThe Cleveland 2nd Branch (Spanish), Kingwood Texas Stake, was created on 23 February. There are now 7 wards and 2 branches in the stake:Atascocita WardCleveland Ward 1st WardHumble WardKingwood 1st WardKingwood 2nd WardKingwood 3rd WardLivingston WardCleveland 2nd Branch (Spanish)San Jacinto River Branch (Spanish)The San Ramón Ward, Puebla México Mayorazgo Stake, was created on 16 February. There are now 9 wards in the stake:Cacalotepec WardCastillotla WardDieciseis de Septiembre WardGranjas del Sur WardLoma Bella WardMayorazgo WardSan Ramón WardTlaxcalancingo WardTres Cerritos Ward
I just found this broadcast, it's to the New Zealand/Australia and Pacific area, Elder Hamula's talk has some interesting new information about a new quarterly report form plus some information about how many stakes in the area if they had been proposed using current Handbook 1 stake creation standards would not have been approved, and how the efforts in those areas mean many more stakes now truly qualify on the matter of priesthood holders. He also mentions all the stakes created in the area in the last two years. This is all in the first talk. http://ldschurch.org.nz/area-presidency/broadcasts/2014
That's an interesting broadcast, James! Thanks for sharing! I've always suspected that some of the stakes of the Pacific Islands are probably on the lower permissible bound as far as membership/leadership requirements are concerned. Especially in places like Tonga, where high rates of migration and small potential for Missionary work due to very high membership percentage in the population prevail.
Thanks for the link. The part I enjoyed hearing was that in the past four years only 50% (meaning 55 of the 109 stakes) met the 100 FTPMB, now over 80% does and they've created 16 stakes the past two years, up to a total of 126. I bet that worldwide there will potential boom of stakes as all those countries that have been in between the qualifications the past decade now are caught up to where they should be. You can already see it in the Philippines, and I bet soon it will spread to most Latin American countries as well.
Actually, the Active, Full-Tithe-Paying Melchizedek Holders (AFTPMH) requirement is not 100 for a stake.It is 24 + 15 per ward + 4-6 per branch.This coupled with a minimum of 5 wards, yields 24 + 5 x 15 = 99, which is probably the source of the 100 stated.But, if the stake has 6 wards and 2 branches, then the minimum AFTPMPHs is 24 + 6 x 15 + 2 x (4-6), which is 24 + 90 + (8-12) = 122-126, for such a stake.My stake presidency tells the story that they were getting close to previous North America standards, but as they were attained, the standards went up. So, these standards were increased in North America only a few years ago. The increase was from 2500 members to 3000 members per stake after the organization of a stake. This meant that with 5000 members (plus the number of wards and the number of AFTPMPHs), my stake could have been split. But, now we need 6000 members. We are well above the other requirements, but are about 5500 members in the stake right now.
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