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April 2016 Newsletter

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20 comments:

Christopher Nicholson said...

El Salvador has a town called "Cara Sucia"? aka "Dirty Face"? Hahaha.

Ryan Searcy said...

I once saw on a map, a town in Peru called "Bano del Inca"

Eduardo Clinch said...
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Eduardo Clinch said...

Indiana has a town called Gnaw Bone, near Nashville. I don't know if Brown County has ever had missionaries assigned there. There are quite a few Hoosier counties with little or no LDS presence.

John Pack Lambert said...

The Wikipedia article on Yenagoa places the population of the local government area, which is larger than the city proper, at 266,000. Bayelsa State, that Yenagoa is the capital of, was organized in 1996.

The doubling of the number of branches in Yengagoa is very exciting. Hopefully it will get a stake this year. The Yenagoa District was only organized back in December of 2013, so they may let a little more leadership development happen before making it a stake. I am very hopeful there will be a stake there by the end of 2018 at the latest.

John Pack Lambert said...

In Bayelsa State there are some significant places where the Church does not yet have branches. Twon-Brass local government area has a population of just under 200,000, although I am not sure how many live in Twon-Brass itself. Twon-Brass has been refered to as the Venice of the Niger Delta, and in the late 19th-century was a key location in the palm oil trade.

John Pack Lambert said...

I was looking at LDS maps. I noticed that there is a branch line drawn between the part of the Mozambique Mission Branch in Mozambique and the part in Swaziland. Does this line have any significance or is it a glitch? Two branches in Malawi also show a branch line between two areas both designated as part of the branch.

Ryan Searcy said...

The Mbane Swaziland District used to cover the whole country, when they shrunk the size of the district, they probably didn't get around to fixing it. They might do the same to Malawi.

Ryan Searcy said...

I see there is a new stake in Cokeville, TN. Is that the same Cokeville in that movie, I think its called Cokeville Miracle (I haven't seen it)? I don't know much about it, but I think it is a Church movie.

MainTour said...

The Cokeville Miracle refers to 1986 Cokeville, Wyoming, a town in Star Valley with a majority LDS Population.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cokeville,_Wyoming

John Pack Lambert said...

Cokeville Miracle is directed by T. C. Christensen, who directed "17 Miracles", "Only A Stone Cutter" and a lot more movies. Almost all of the characters it is based on were LDS, including one who was a bishop. They are recast as generic Protestants in the film. I have to say I hate the recasting to generic Protestants. A recent film about a bishop whose child was killed and him finding a way to forgive the killer also recast him as a generic Protestant pastor. I think such recastings destroy cultural authenticity in film, and also show a lack of truly wanting to spread the message of the gospel. Some justify it with saying they want to reach a larger audience, but thousands of Christians watched "Fiddler on the Roof", and few Protestants shy away from films with Catholics portrayed, so I do not see why we have to hide that people are Latter-day Saints.

Ryan Searcy said...

Oh, okay. Like I said, I haven't seen it, so I was wondering if it was the same.

TempleRick said...

Also, the city in Tennessee is Cookeville (with two "o"s, like "cook" a meal), while the town in Wyoming is Cokeville with (with one "o", like drink a Coke).

John Pack Lambert said...

Technically Cokeville, is like coke, the think used in the coal process.

TempleRick said...

Coke = a fuel with few impurities and a high carbon content, usually made from coal.

Ryan Searcy said...

Wow, I totally missed the different spelling. I'm just having one of those days I guess.

Mike Johnson said...

With 100 congregations in Indiana (end of 2015) and 92 counties and the church's policy of putting as many congregations in a building as possible, a lot of Indiana counties undoubtedly don't have an LDS congregation in them. LDS maps shows 101 LDS congregations in Indiana (71 wards and 30 branches) in 69 buildings so at least 13 counties do not have an LDS congregation inside the country and probably more.

The 5 counties surrounding Brown county all had LDS congregations in 2010 (a total of 12 with 4,719 members). The county seat (Nashville-the only incorporated place in the county with about 1000 people of 15,000 in the county) is in the Columbus 4th Ward, it is about a half hour drive to the church building with 4 congregations in the building (Columbus 1st through 4th). The boundary between the Columbus 4th Ward, Indianapolis Indiana Stake and the University Ward, Bloomington Indiana Stake to the west seems gerrymandered around Nashville. Brown County is divided between the Columbus 4th Ward and the Franklin Ward (and the Columbus 3rd (Spanish) and Indianapolis YSA branches also cover all of eastern Brown County) in the Indianapolis Indiana Stake and the University Ward (and a small slice of the Martinsville Ward) in the Bloomington Indiana Stake (and the Bloomington YSA Branch covers all of western Brown County).

I found Brown County intriguing--90% forested and very few farms. Small population. With Indiana University just to the west.

Christopher Nicholson said...

"The Cokeville Miracle" extensively features the song "A Child's Prayer", though. Isn't that an exclusively LDS song?

Eduardo Clinch said...

The current 2nd counselor in the Bloomington University Ward grew up in Brown County and his family attended a Columbus ward. I am not sure if he lived closer to Gnaw Bone and the Bartholomew County border or the Monroe county side. I will ask. His mom attends in B-town now but I am not sure if the house is in Brown County or not. Not a lot of members there, as mentioned. Quite rural.

Eduardo Clinch said...

The current 2nd counselor in the Bloomington University Ward grew up in Brown County and his family attended a Columbus ward. I am not sure if he lived closer to Gnaw Bone and the Bartholomew County border or the Monroe county side. I will ask. His mom attends in B-town now but I am not sure if the house is in Brown County or not. Not a lot of members there, as mentioned. Quite rural.