Monday, June 23, 2014

New Stakes Created in Germany, Utah, and Zimbabwe; New District in Mexico; District Discontinued in Argentina

Germany
Last Sunday, the Church created a new stake in Germany. The Friedrichsdorf Germany Stake was organized from a division of the Frankfurt Germany Stake and includes the following six wards and one branch: the Friedrichsdorf, Hanau, Usingen, Wetterau, Wetzlar, and Wiesbaden Ward, and the Koblenz Branch. The organization of the new stake marks the first time the Church has created a stake in Germany since 1987 and suggests that there have been improvements increasing the number of active members in some areas of the country. The Church in Germany has also advanced one branch to a ward and created a Spanish-speaking branch within the past six months. There are now 15 stakes and three districts in Germany.

Utah
Two Sundays ago, the Church created a new stake in Hooper, Utah. The Hooper Utah Pioneer Trail Stake was organized from a division of the Hooper Utah Stake and includes the following six wards: the Freedom, Fremont, Hooper Landings, Muskrat Springs, Pioneer Trail, and Wildwood Wards. There are now 571 stakes and one district in Utah.

Zimbabwe
Two Sundays ago, the Church created a new stake in Harare. The Harare Zimbabwe South Stake was organized from a division of the Harare Zimbabwe and Harare Zimbabwe Marimba Park Stakes and includes the following five wards and two branches: the Chitungwiza, Highfield 1st, Highfield 2nd, Mbare, and Queensdale Wards, and the Epworth and Zengeza Branches. There are now three stakes in the Harare metropolitan area and six stakes and two branches in Zimbabwe. Prospects appear favorable for the announcement of a temple in Harare sometime within the next decade.

Mexico
On June 8th, the Church created a new district in Chihuahua State. The Cuauhtémoc México District was organized from a division of the La Sierra Mexico District and the Chihuahua Mexico Chuviscar Stake and includes the following five branches: the Anahuac, Cuauhtémoc, Guerrero, La Junta, and Reforma Branches. There are now 227 stakes and 37 districts in Mexico.

Argentina
The Church recently discontinued the Tandil Argentina District. Organized in 1990, the Tandil Argentina District included five branches - all of which now pertain to the realigned Olavarría Argentina District for a total of 10 branches in the district. The move was likely done in preparation for a stake to be organized in the area. There are now 73 stakes and 32 districts in Argentina.

7 comments:

Mike Johnson said...

The Almoloya Branch, Toluca México Stake, was created on 15 June. There are now 7 wards and 4 branches in the stake:

Atlacomulco Ward
Centro Ward
El Oro Ward
Independencia Ward
Morelos Ward
Sauces Ward
Universidad Ward
Almoloya Branch
Ixtlahuaca Branch
Xonacatlan Branch
Zinacantepec Branch


The Assin Akrofuom and Assin Nyankumasi branches, Assin Foso Ghana Stake, were created on 22 June. There are now 7 wards and 2 branches in the stake:

Akonfudi Ward
Assin Achiasi Ward
Assin Foso 1st Ward
Assin Foso 2nd Ward
Habitat Ward
Paramu Ward
Telecom Hill Ward
Assin Akrofuom Branch
Assin Nyankumasi Branch


The Cuauhtémoc México District, México Chihuahua Mission, was created on 8 June. There are 5 branches in the district:

Anáhuac Branch
Cuauhtémoc Branch
Guerrero Branch
La Junta Branch
Reforma Branch


The Dry Creek Ward, Springville Utah Dry Creek Stake, was created on 22 June. There are now 8 wards in the stake:

Dry Creek Ward
Jessie's Brook Ward
Kelvin Grove Ward
Kolob 9th Ward
Kolob 11th Ward
Kolob 12th Ward
Pheasant Valley Ward
Spring Creek 19th Ward (Spanish)


The Interlagos Branch, Hortolândia Brazil Stake, was created on 8 June. There are now 6 wards and 1 branch in the stake:

Anhangüera Ward
Guanabara Ward
Hortolândia Ward
Jardim Amanda Ward
Jardim Paulista Ward
Rosolém Ward
Interlagos Branch


The Kalundu Branch, Democratic Republic of the Congo Lubumbashi Mission, was created on 1 June. There are now 6 independent branches in the mission:

Kolwezi Democratic Republic of the Congo District
Likasi Democratic Republic of the Congo District
Mbuji-Mayi Democratic Republic of the Congo District
Mwene-Ditu Democratic Republic of the Congo District
Bujumbura 1st Branch
Bujumbura 2nd Branch
Bujumbura 3rd Branch
Democratic Republic of the Congo Lubumbashi Mission Branch
Kalundu Branch
Uvira Branch


The Kasoa 3rd Ward, Accra Ghana Kasoa Stake, was created on 22 June. There are now 8 wards and 2 branches in the stake:

Ashtown Ward
Buduburam 1st Ward
Buduburam 2nd Ward
Kasoa 1st Ward
Kasoa 2nd Ward
Kasoa 3rd Ward
New Weija Ward
Odorkor Ward
Gbawe Branch
New Gbawe Branch


The Warrenton Ward, Rainier Oregon Stake, was created on 22 June. There are now 7 wards and 1 branch in the stake:

Astoria Ward
Rainier Ward
Scappoose Ward
Seaside Ward
St Helens 1st Ward
St Helens 2nd Ward
Warrenton Ward
Long Beach Branch


The Zacil Ha Ward, Cancún México Kabáh Stake, was created on 22 June. There are now 8 wards in the stake:

Kabáh Ward
Kohunlich Ward
Nichupté Ward
Petén Ward
Playa del Carmen Ward
Tulum Ward
Tumben Cuxtal Ward
Zacil Ha Ward

Iris and Craig said...

Ya! The news on the Almoloya Branch in Toluca is great news for me! It's about time something happened in my ol'mission. lol.

James Crowther said...

I am excited about the new ward in the Cancun Kabah stake. I recently received my mission call to the Cancun Mission and I have been researching the wards and branches in the mission, so it's cool to see growth there.

Following this blog and the Cumorah foundation site for the last few years has been a awesome. I have learned a ton about the church around the world and discovered a more realistic view of church growth. One of the most important things I have learned is the problem of inactivity and its causes. As a missionary I will do my best to work at retention and reactivation.

As a point of interest I found, it appears from a blog that the city of Puerto Maya may have been reached by the church, although the elder isn't clear if there is a group functioning. He also says the mission president wants to form a new stake in the future, probably in Playa Del Carmen:
http://elderoh.blogspot.com/

BT said...

Viva Cancun! I served there from 2010-12. (It was combined with the Merida Mission then.) I know they were trying to create a stake in Playa del Carmen back then, too--and they didn't feel too far off.
Enjoy Cancun, Elder--it was my favorite area of my mission. Big wards with lots of families.

Mike Johnson said...

The Escardó Ward, Lima Perú Maranga Stake, was created on 22 June. There are now 6 wards in the stake:

Elio Ward
Escardó Ward
La Marina Ward
Maranga Ward
Precursores Ward
San Miguel Ward


The Pimpama Ward, Coomera Australia Stake, was created on 22 June. There are now 7 wards in the stake:

Beenleigh Ward
Coomera Ward
Helensvale Ward
Nerang Ward
Pacific Pines Ward
Pimpama Ward
Windaroo Ward

Mike Johnson said...

Elder Crowther, congratulations on your call. You may know all this already, but I thought why not post all of the units covered by your mission.

There are two direct report branches:

Carrillo Puerto Branch in Quintana Roo
José María Morelos Branch in Campeche


The mission covers five stakes:

Cancún México Stake

Bonampak Ward
Cancún Ward
Corales Ward
Cozumel 1st Ward
Cozumel 2nd Ward
Isla Mujeres Branch
Puerto Morelos Branch


Cancún México Kabáh Stake

Kabáh Ward
Kohunlich Ward
Nichupté Ward
Petén Ward
Playa del Carmen Ward
Tulum Ward
Tumben Cuxtal Ward
Zacil Ha Ward


Cancún México Kukulcán Stake

Chac Mool Ward
Coba Ward
Kukulcán Ward
Labná Ward
Maya Ward
Palmas Ward
Peten Ward
Leona Vicario Branch


Chetumal México Stake

Bosque Ward
Centro Ward
Chetumal Ward
Jardines Ward
Morelos Ward
Bacalar Branch
Ucum Branch


Tizimín México Stake

Tizimín 1st Ward
Tizimín 2nd Ward
Tizimín 3rd Ward
Uayma Ward
Valladolid 1st Ward
Valladolid 2nd Ward
Calotmul Branch
Cenotillo Branch
Espita Branch
Temozón Branch

Ed Clinch said...

The growth that continues is evident; I wish to make some comments about some of the women's issues at this time.

Fascinating times. The change in missionary ages in 2012 has now allowed many thousands of young ladies (and a few more thousand young men too) to "go full time" than would had previously been possible.

This numerical impact seems to be a way of strengthening already baptized members, which I hope is a long term effect going into re-activation of prior converts and the empowerment on the missionaries themselves.

This is significant and perhaps telling, that there are differences now with marriage rates of the youth, responsibilities of both men and women to represent the faith world wide.

The recent call by some to "ordain women" has its effect; a couple of cases are spotlighted and a few members are disciplined and counseled, while the sisters of the faith are being given more attention and leadership than ever before. Nevertheless, the priesthood becomes a divisive issue for a few, similar to how non-traditional marriage has become a stumbling block to quite a few.

I hope and pray that all members and prospective converts can feel the universal access of priesthood service rather than the other perspective of sexism and disparity of power.

Interesting times.