Friday, March 31, 2017

First LDS Stake in Roraima State, Brazil

I have confirmed from Brazilian members that the Church will organize the Boa Vista Brazil Stake in Roraima State on May 7th. Roraima State is the last Brazilian state without an LDS stake. Currently the Boa Vista Brazil District has five branches that operate within the city of Boa Vista.

6 comments:

james anderson said...

What about Acre? It was carved out of something, has one national highway andas far as I know, no more than four cemeteries according to BillionGraves.com.

It is almost as far west in Brazil as you can get

John Pack Lambert said...

Acre has about 750,000 people to Roraima's slightly over 450,000. Roraima thus haa few people than Wyoming but the area is smaller, altgough not by much.

Acre has had the Rio Blanco stake sine 1995. That is the year the Boa Vista stake was formed. They both border Anazonas State, with its capital at Manaus. Amazonas state has jusy over 4 million people but an area of 606,000 sauare miles as opposed to Texas 268,000 square miles. Amazonas and Acre both essentially go equally far west althogh Amazonas goes a lot further east.

John Pack Lambert said...

Western Acre is a long way west of Rio Blanco and in Cruzeiro do sul there are 2 branches directly under the Brazil Manaus Mission. In other cities like Feijo if the Church has any presence it is directly under the Brazil Manaus Mission Branch. Interestingly the Manaus Mission takes in a branch in Colombia.

John Pack Lambert said...

Acre has only been a Brazilian state since the 1960s but earlier was a Brazilian territory since 1903. Acre is basically all rain forest with lots of trees producing Brazil nuts and rubber. At least since 1860 the majority of the populatiin there has been Brazilian. It was recognized as Bolician territory in an 1867 treaty. Starting in the 1890s Bolivia sought to uncrease its authority there by working with an Anglo-American syndicate. This lead to several revolutions from 1899-1903 which proclaimed an indeoendent Acre but like the independent Texas the goal was always to join Brazil.

brycen said...

During my mission in Brazil, I knew a missionary from Acre who said most of the members there would fly to Lima Peru to attend the temple (when the alternative was Sao Paulo, way before the Manaus Temple was built). I always heard it pronounced as Ah-kree, by the way. I'm happy to see the last states of Brazil getting their own stakes.

twinnumerouno said...

With the new temple announced for Brasilia, Brazil is now on track, when all the announced temples are completed, to take the #3 spot (currently held by Canada) for countries with the most operating temples.