Thursday, July 26, 2018

Updated Country Profile - Eritrea

Click here to access our updated Reaching the Nations country profile for Eritrea. The Church has had Eritreans join the Church in Europe, the United States, and other areas of the world. The population of Eritrea is approximately half Christian and half Muslim. However, the Eritrean government has one of the worst human rights records and does not permit the operation of most religious groups in the country. Nevertheless, Eritreans have appeared more receptive to missionary efforts conducted by Latter-day Saints and other nontraditional Christian denominations than most other peoples in the region. Moreover, recent efforts by the Eritrean and Ethiopian governments to reconcile decades of war and conflict may present opportunities for additional positive change that may make conditions more favorable for an LDS establishment one day.


L. Chris Jones said...

I am looking at LDS temple sites in Wikipedia. Does anyone know how to edut the following site?

L. Chris Jones said...

Also the map and other info at: https//

Christopher Nicholson said...

Not sure how to change the map, but for the text you just tap the pencil icon and start typing.

Chris said...

The Ilorin Nigeria District created earlier, confirmed on Classic LDS Maps site, unit #2119439..unknown date I don´t have access to CDOL.

Gnesileah said...

Cote d'Ivoire Yamoussoukro Mission
- Doyaquine Branch created
- Grand Gbapleu Branch created

Accra Ghana Christiansborg Stake
- Burma Hills Branch upgraded to Ward

Maseru Leostho District
- Maputsoe Branch created

Ilorin Nigeria District (created 07.15.2018)
- Ogbomosho Branch from Ibadan Mission
- Oyo Branch from Ibadan Mission
- Taiwo Road Branch (renamed from Ilorin Branch) from Ibadan Mission
- Tanke Branch created

Russia Yekaterinburg Mission
- Russia Yekaterinburg Kyrgyzstan Mission Branch discontinued (that didn't last long...)

El Alto Bolivia Los Andes Stake
- Villa Ingenio Ward created

Santa Cruz do Sul Brazil Stake
- Santa Cruz do Sul Campus Branch upgraded to Ward
- Santa Cruz do Sul Branch upgraded to Ward
- Vanâncio Aires Branch upgraded to Ward

Lima Perú Comas Stake
- El Pinar Ward created

Lima Perú Santa Isabel Stake
- Palermo Ward renamed Famesa 2nd Ward and transferred from Lima Perú Prolima Stake

Lima Perú Torre Blanca Stake
- San Pedro de Carabayllo Ward created

Sandy Utah Central Stake
- Galena Branch (Spanish) upgraded to Ward

Independence Missouri Stake
- Blue Hills Ward transferred from the Warrensburg Missouri Stake

Warrensburg Missouri Stake
- Grain Valley Ward created

Rossa said...
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Rossa said...

I was baptized in Santa Cruz do Sul Campus Branch 22y ago.
Now is a ward.
A lot of years to become a ward but happened.

James said...

@L. Chris Jones: On Wikipedia, some of the maps, templates, and images used within many of the articles have separate pages of their own, so you would need to go to the specific page for the map based on the template it falls under to edit it so those edits show on any other pages on which that map is featured. Also, as one who has around 11 years of experience in editing Wikipedia under his belt, I can tell you that it helps to both create a user account (which demonstrates to others who see your edits in the page revision history that you are genuine in your interest to contribute accurate information) and, where relevant, to edit sections of the page at different times rather than trying to add all the edits you want en masse to the page at one time. This is for a few reasons:

First, any mass edits significantly changing the page content would need to first be discussed and agreed upon by consensus (a majority opinion) before implementation, as many long-time editors are leery of mass contributions in a single edit from someone new. Second, if you edit by section, then people can follow what you have done step-by-step, which eliminates the odds that objections would be raised to larger-scale and more significant edits. Third, if you try to edit the page by implementing all the changes you want to make at once, the system has been known to time-out due to inactivity, which prevents those changes from being saved (which would be prevented if a few smaller changes were submitted a little at a time).

I would just add that, unfortunately, it has been my experience that the edits of those who do not have a proper user account do tend to be looked at with greater suspicion than those done by editors with a regular account. We recently had a bunch of anonymous editors adding content that violated Wikipedia policy, which resulted in many of us regular contributors having to do mass reverts of irrelevant and inappropriate content. For that reason, although anyone can edit Wikipedia, if someone officially registers for an account, their edits are automatically given more credibility than those of anonymous contributors (although we do have several individuals not interested in creating a user account who have been recognized as doing well). If you were to give me a shout-out via my blog as to when you have established your account there, I would be pleased to provide you with a set of tools and guidelines that was first provided to me when I began editing Wikipedia in 2007.

James said...

I would also like to add another comment for Matt and all others who read it. First of all, to Matt, my thanks for the ongoing updates. I have been particularly impressed to read the insights you and David Stewart shared on African nations whose membership in the Church is either currently non-existent or in its' very primitive phase. We have seen wonderful growth in other African nations, so my hope is that many of the nations for which you have shared a profile might see a miraculous increase in Church members as has been the case elsewhere. It will be good to see.

This final observation is for all those who read this comment: Given the recent discussions that have taken place both here and on my own blog about future temple prospects, and more particularly how much President Nelson has emphasized the importance temple-building will have during his administration (with many of his colleagues sharing that his plans in that regard will outpace and overshadow the previous legacy of President Hinckley, who, as we saw, more than doubled the number of temples in a few short years between the late 1990s and early 2000s).

Given the increased amount of mentions that have been given on this subject, it seems obvious that President Nelson will be initiating another new and very historically-significant season of temple-building, which, as I have previously observed, will likely inovlve both an acceleration of the speed with which President Nelson will be moving the currently-announced temples to their groundbreaking, construction, and dedication, in addition to a likely increase in the number of temples being announced and the frequency whereby such announcements comes.

With all of that in mind, I wanted to share two things: We know that at least three temples (Bangkok Thailand, Urdaneta Philippines, and Saratoga Springs Utah) may be close to a groundbreaking, which could be held before the end of this year, in addition to a few others upon which I am waiting for news of a groundbreaking. In addition, I have, within the last month or so, done several revisions of my previously-offered thoughts about the locations that may soon have a temple announced.

I had intended to again revisit the series I did between the October 2017 General Conference and the end of that same year between the April and October 2018 General Conferences, but given some complications related to my health and some trouble accessing data that would allow such posts to be put together, I will likely be giving that series a miss this go-round.

But what I have been able to do is put out two particular lists of prospects together: one that will definitely be part of my predictions for the October General Conference, and the other containing some additional prospects which I am considering adding to that list. I am welcoming an open commenting period on both lists (while working on combining them for October) until the week before General Conference begins, which should enable me to have time to finalize that list.

With my thanks again to Matt for allowing me to continue to do so, I will end this comment with the addresses at which you can find the two posts I mentioned on my own blog. If there is anything on those two lists that I may have overlooked, failed to consider, and/or need to change, I would appreciate hearing about it from any of you that would like to comment. Thanks again to you all for the continuing illuminating and instructive comments which add to my understanding of the relevant subjects. I appreciate you all!

John Pack Lambert said...

Seventh-day Adventists seem to have quite small congregations. For example in Eritrea, the average 7th Day Adventist congregation has about 35 members. My branch often has about twice that many people show up to any given sacrament meeting, and between travel by the suburbanites and work schedules of the city dwellers, the people who show up from week to week varry quite a bit.

At first I thought I was the only white member in the city. Later I learned a couple that I assumed lived in one of the Grosse Pointes just because they were white actualy live in the city of Detroit. Not even in East English Village or Indian Village, the two truly ritzy areaswe have, or anywhere on the Waterfront, some of which like Harbortown is new, medium rise or low rise ritzy water front developments. They live in a neighborhood the brother in this couple describes as racially mixed as one of its positives, and this is a brother who is over 50 and grew up in the southern United States. There are 4 houses on their street in process of being demolished, but housing prices in the neighbrohood have been appreciating at 10% or more annually, and it is anchored by the second nicest park on the east side of Detroit, second only to Belle Isle.