Monday, June 30, 2014
Stake Discontinued in Japan
The Church recently discontinued a stake in Okinawa, Japan. Originally organized in 1999, the Ginowan Japan Stake was consolidated with the Naha Japan Stake. The stake had only four wards and one branch prior to the consolidation. Three wards and one branch were closed as part of the consolidation, resulting in the Naha Japan Stake currently nine retained congregations (six wards and three branches). Although Okinawa has the highest percentage of Latter-day Saints of any administrative prefecture in Japan, the Church has experienced some of the lowest activity rates in Japan in this prefecture. The Church once operated a mission in Okinawa from 1990 to 1996, and appeared to close the mission due to low productivity.
There is now one stake and one district in Okinawa, and 28 stakes and 13 districts in Japan.
I wanted to add that the Church has only discontinued one stake thus far in 2014 and has created 36 new stakes so far for the year.