Sunday, January 16, 2022

New Stakes Created in Brazil, Canada, the DR Congo, Idaho, Ohio, Sierra Leone, Utah, and Washington, DC; New District Created in Angola; Two Stakes Discontinued in California; Districts Discontinued in Canada and Russia

Brazil

The Church organized a new stake in São Paulo State, Brazil on November 14th, 2021. The Carapicuiba Brazil Stake was organized on November 14th, 2021 from a division of the Alphaville Brazil Stake and the Osasco Brazil Stake. The new stake includes the following five wards: the Ariston, Carapicuiba, São Camilo, Vila Dirce, and Nova Granada Wards. There are now 47 stakes in the São Paulo metropolitan area.

There are now 281 stakes and 40 districts in Brazil.

Canada

The Church organized its second stake in Manitoba, Canada on November 14th, 2021. The Winnipeg Manitoba West Stake was organized from a division of the Winnipeg Manitoba Stake (originally organized in 1978 and renamed the Winnipeg Manitoba East Stake). The new stake includes the follow five wards and five branches: the Brandon, River Heights, St James, Waverley, and Wellington YSA Wards, and the Dauphin, Neepawa, Portage La Prairie, Selkirk, and Thompson Branches. Also, the Church discontinued the Fort Francis Ontario District (organized in 1970) as part of the new stake creation, and retained branches were reassigned to the Winnipeg Manitoba East Stake.

There are now 53 stakes and four districts in Canada.

DR Congo

The Church organized its second stake in the city of Luputa on December 5th, 2021. The Kabusanga DR Congo Stake was organized from the Luputa DR Congo Stake (originally organized in 2011). The new stake includes the following five wards: the Contoniere, Kabusanga 1st, Kabusanga 2nd, Luputa 1st, and the Mukukuyi Wards. 

There are now 25 stakes and 3 districts in the DR Congo.

Idaho

The Church organized a new stake in Rexburg, Idaho on December 12th, 2021. The Rexburg Idaho West Stake was organized from a division of the Rexburg Idaho Stake, the Rexburg Idaho Center Stake, and Rexburg Idaho Henry's Fork Stake. The new stake includes the following eight wards: the Hibbard 1st, Burton 2nd, Burton 4th, Oakbrook, Summerfield 1st, Summerfield 2nd, Willowbrook, and the Rexburg 13th Wards. There are now 23 stakes in the Rexburg area, including 11 young single adult stakes and four student married stakes.

There are now 136 stakes in Idaho.

Ohio 

The Church organized its third stake in Dayton, Ohio on November 21st, 2021. The Dayton Ohio North Stake was organized from a division of the Cincinnati Ohio East Stake, the Dayton Ohio Stake, the Dayton Ohio East Stake, and the Toledo Ohio Stake. The new stake includes the following six wards and two branches: the Bellefontaine, Huber Heights, Lima, Piqua, Springfield, and Tipp City Wards, and the Greenville and St Marys Branches. This marks the creation of the first new stake in Dayton since 1979. Moreover, this marks the first time a new stake has been created in Ohio since 2007.

There are now 15 stakes in Ohio.

Sierra Leone

The Church organized a new stake in Sierra Leone on December 5th, 2021. The Kossoh Town Sierra Leone Stake was organized from the Kossoh Town Sierra Leone District. All seven branches in the former district were advanced to wards. The seven wards in the new stake are the Forut, Grafton, Ibo Town, Jui, Kossoh Town, Lumpa, and Waterloo Wards. The Kossoh Town Sierra Leone District was the last remaining district in the Freetown metropolitan area where there are now five stakes. 

There are now nine stakes and one district in Sierra Leone.

Utah

The Church organized a new stake in Smithfield, Utah on November 7th, 2021. The Smithfield Utah West Stake was organized from a division of the Smithfield Utah Stake, the Smithfield Utah North Stake, and the Smithfield Utah South Stake. The new stake includes the following seven wards: the Smithfield 1st, Smithfield 2nd, Smithfield 4th, Smithfield 8th, Smithfield 9th, Smithfield 16th, and the Smithfield 25th Wards. The Church announced plans to construct a temple in Smithfield in April 2021. There are now five stakes in Smithfield.

There are now 621 stakes and two districts in Utah

Washington, DC

The Church organized a second young single adult (YSA) stake for the Washington, DC area on November 14th, 2021. The Washington DC YSA North Stake was organized from the Washington DC YSA Stake, and the new stake includes congregations located in Maryland and the District of Columbia. The new stake includes the following five wards: the Annapolis YSA, Eastern Market YSA,
Friendship Heights YSA, Strathmore YSA, and the Waldorf YSA Wards. There are now three Washington DC Stakes, albeit only two of these stakes actually operate within the District of Columbia.

Angola

The Church organized a new district on November 21st, 2021. The Huambo Angola District was organized with three branches (one of which was organized on the day the new district was created). Branches in Huambo were previously assigned directly to the Angola Luanda Mission. The new district is a major milestone for the Church's growth in Angola as it marks the first time the Church has created a district outside of Luanda where one stake operates (organized in 2018). The Church initially organized its first branch in Huambo in May 2013, but the mission closed the branch in late 2015 and reverted the congregation back to a member group. The branch was reinstated in February 2018, and a second branch was organized in the city in late 2020. 

There is now one stake and one district in Angola, and it appears likely a second district will be organized in the foreseeable future for branches in the southern city of Lubango.

California

The Church discontinued two stakes in California in late 2021. The Pleasanton California Stake (organized in 1974) was discontinued, and the four wards and one branch in the former stake were reassigned to the Livermore California Stake. Also, the Jurupa California Stake (organized in 1990) was discontinued, and retained congregations were reassigned to the Ontario California Stake and the Riverside California Stake. 

There are now 147 stakes in California. The Church in California reported an all-time high of 162 stakes in 1995.

Russia

The Church discontinued the Moscow Russia District - a district that included small branches in cities surrounding the Moscow metropolitan area where one stake operates. All branches in the former district have been reassigned to the Russia Moscow Mission.

There are now three stakes and eight districts in Russia.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

December 2021 Monthly Newsletter

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Sunday, January 2, 2022

Stakes Likely to Split Outside the United States and Canada - January 2022 Edition

Below is an updated list of stakes that may split within the near future. Previous lists are available for December 2012, January 2014, December 2014, November 2015, November 2016, December 2017, and November 2019. Many of these stakes do not have the adequate number of congregations to divide on their own to create a second stake. However, the Church often organizes new wards immediately before or after the organization of a new stake. Also, the Church often creates stakes from the division of two or more stakes in an specific area. Moreover, there is also a significant number of large stakes that appear ready to divide in Africa, especially in the DR Congo and Nigeria. It is unclear why the creation of additional stakes in Africa has been postponed, but the COVID-19 pandemic appears a likely culprit.

AFRICA

  • Aba Nigeria North (13 wards, 1 branches)
  • Abak Nigeria (9 wards, 1 branch)  
  • Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire Niangon North (11 wards)
  • Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire Niangon South (10 wards)
  • Accra Ghana Kasoa (9 wards)
  • Antananarivo Madagascar Ivandry (9 wards, 3 branches)
  • Bedfordview South Africa (9 wards)
  • Benin City Nigeria Ugbowo (10 wards, 3 branches)
  • Benin City Nigeria New Benin (8 wards, 5 branches) 
  • Benin City Nigeria Oregbeni (9 wards, 2 branches)
  • Bo Sierra Leone North (9 wards)
  • Bo Sierra Leone East (9 wards, 1 branch)
  • Calabar Nigeria North (9 wards)
  • Cocody Cote d'Ivoire (13 wards)
  • Dokui Cote d'Ivoire (11 wards) 
  • Durban South Africa (10 wards, 3 branches)
  • Eket Nigeria (10 wards, 4 branches) 
  • Enugu Nigeria (8 wards, 5 branches)
  • Gaborone Botswana (9 wards, 2 branches)
  • Ikot Ekpene Nigeria (11 wards, 1 branch)
  • Kananga DR Congo (10 wards)
  • Katuba DR Congo (11 wards) 
  • Kinshasa DR Congo (10 wards)
  • Kinshasa DR Congo Binza (10 wards) 
  • Kinshasa DR Congo Kimbanseke (10 wards)
  • Kinshasa DR Congo Lukunga (9 wards)
  • Kinshasa DR Congo Mont Ngafula (9 wards, 1 branch) 
  • Kinshasa DR Congo Mpasa (10 wards, 1 branch)
  • Kinshasa DR Congo N'Djili (9 wards, 2 branches)
  • Kolwezi DR Congo (9 wards)
  • Kumasi Ghana Bantama (9 wards, 1 branch)
  • Lagos Nigeria Agege (9 wards, 1 branch)
  • Lagos Nigeria Egbeda (13 wards)
  • Lagos Nigeria Ojodu (10 wards, 1 branch) 
  • Lagos Nigeria Yaba (11 wards) 
  • Lubumbashi DR Congo (11 wards, 1 branch)
  • Mbuji-Mayi DR Congo (13 wards) 
  • Monrovia Liberia (9 wards, 1 branch)
  • Monrovia Liberia Bushrod Island (11 wards, 1 branch)
  • Mwene-Ditu DR Congo (9 wards)
  • Port-Bouet Cote d'Ivoire (10 wards, 2 branches)
  • Port Harcourt Nigeria North (8 wards, 6 branches)
  • Port Harcourt Nigeria West (8 wards, 5 branches)
  • Port Elizabeth South Africa (9 wards, 3 branches) 
  • Ruashi DR Congo (10 wards) 
  • Soweto South Africa (9 wards, 1 branch)
  • Ukat Aran Nigeria  (11 wards, 2 branches)
  • Umuahia Nigeria (8 wards, 7 branches)
  • Uyo Nigeria (10 wards)
  • Uyo Nigeria South (9 wads, 3 branches)
  • Yamoussoukro Cote d'Ivoire (10 wards, 1 branch)
ASIA
  • Binalbagan Philippines (10 wards, 2 branches)
  • Butuan Philippines (10 wards, 1 branch)
  • General Santos Philippines (9 wards, 1 branch) 
  • Goa Philippines (9 wards, 1 branch)
  • Iloilo Philippines North (10 wards, 1 branch)
  • Jakarta Indonesia (9 wards, 1 branch) 
  • Mandaue Philippines (10 wards)
  • Naga Philippines (10 wards, 2 branches)
  • Tarlac Philippines (9 wards, 2 branches)
  • Valenzuela Philippines (9 wards)
CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
  • Mazatenango Guatemala (11 wards, 1 branch) 
OCEANIA
  • Apia Samoa Central (10 wards)
  • Ha'apai Tonga (9 wards, 5 branches) 
  • Pago Pago Samoa (9 wards, 3 branches)
  • Savaii Samoa Pu'apu'a (9 wards)
  • Savaii Samoa South (9 wards, 1 branch)
  • Upolu Samoa East (9 wards, 1 branch)
  • Upolu Samoa Nu'umau (9 wards)
  • Upolu Samoa Saleilua (12 wards)
SOUTH AMERICA
  • Belém Brazil (9 wards)
  • Belém Brazil Icoaraci (10 wards) 
  • Curitiba Brazil  Boa Vista (10 wards, 1 branch)
  • Curitiba Brazil Jardim do Sol (9 wards, 1 branch)
  • Curitiba Brazil Luz (9 wards, 1 branch)
  • Curitiba Brazil Novo Mundo (9 wards) 
  • Diadema Brazil (9 wards)
  • Esmeraldas Ecuador (12 wards, 1 branch) 
  • Gravataí Brazil (9 wards)
  • Guarujá Brazil (9 wards)
  • Joao Pessoa Brazil Rangel (10 wards, 1 branch)
  • Olinda Brazil (10 wards)
  • Ponta Grossa Brazil Campos Gerais (9 wards)
  • Praia Grande Brazil (12 wards)
  • Pucallpa Peru (10 wards, 1 branch)
  • Quito Ecuador Calderon (10 wads, 1 branch)
  • Rio Branco Brazil (10 wards, 1 branch) 
  • Santa Maria Brazil (10 wards, 1 branch)
  • São Paulo Brazil Casa Grande (9 wards)
  • São Paulo Brazil Guarapiranga (10 wards)
  • Sao Paulo Brazil Sao Miguel Paulista (9 wards)

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Likely New Missions to be Created

See below for a list of likely locations to have new missions announced in the near future. The Church has already announced two new missions to be created in 2022 (Hawaii Laie and Rwanda Kigali). Typically, the Church has made a single announcement for new missions to be created for the year. It is unclear whether there may be additional missions announced for 2022. Each prospective new mission is also provided with the approximately population and number of stakes and districts the mission would likely service.

AFRICA

  • Cote d'Ivoire Daloa (9.4 million, 1 stake, 9 districts) 
  • Malawi Lilongwe (18.5 million, 2 districts)
  • Nigeria Aba (3-4 million, 6 stakes)
  • Nigeria Warri (5.7 million, 3 stakes, 4 districts)
  • Sierra Leone Bo (3.0 million, four stakes) 
  • Togo Lome (7.7 million, two stakes)

ASIA 

  • Philippines Ormoc (~ 2 million, 3 stakes, 4 districts)
  • Philippines Palawan/Mindoro (2.7 million, 1 stake, 4 districts)
  • Philippines Tuguegarao (1.7 million, 3 stakes, 2 districts)
  • Thailand Ubon (22.0 million, 1 stake, 1 district)

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

  • Brazil Manaus (second mission) (3-4 million, ~6 stakes)
  • Brazil Recife (second mission) (~5 million, ~6 stakes)
  • Brazil São Luís (~7 million, 2 stakes)
  • Brazil São Paulo (sixth mission) (4-5 million, ~7 stakes)
  • Brazil Sorocaba (2-4 million, 5 stakes, 2 districts)
  • Cuba Havana (11 million, 1 district)

OCEANIA

  • Australia Brisbane (second mission) (~2.6 million, ~6 stakes)
  • Australia Sydney (reinstate second mission) (~4 million, ~6 stakes)
  • French Polynesia (second mission) (~150,000, ~5 stakes)
  • Samoa (second mission) (~100,000, ~12 stakes)
  • Solomon Islands Honiara (691,000, 1 district)

 


Friday, December 10, 2021

Two New Missions to be Created in 2022 - Rwanda Kigali and Hawaii Laie

The Church has recently announced the creation of at least two new missions in 2022.

The Hawaii Laie Mission will be organized from the Hawaii Honolulu Mission (organized in 1850) in January 2022. The new mission will service northern Oahu, including five stakes in Laie, BYU-Hawaii, and the Polynesian Cultural Center. The decision to organize the new mission appears prompted to provide better mission leadership oversight with the Church's facilities in the Laie area given the Hawaii Honolulu Mission currently has 16 stakes. The Church in Hawaii has experienced very slow membership and congregational growth rates of approximately 0-2% for most years during the past 15 years.

The Rwanda Kigali Mission will be organized from a division of the Uganda Kampala Mission, the Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa East Mission, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Lubumbashi Mission in July 2022. At most recent report, the Church in Rwanda has four branches and 755 members. All four branches operate in Kigali where the first district was organized in 2017. The Church has recently begun to translate Church materials into Kinyarwanda. Rwanda presents good opportunities for greater Church growth given little linguistic diversity among the population of Rwanda. The new mission will include neighboring Burundi where there are 749 members who meet in three branches that are organized into one district. The Church has maintained an official presence in Rwanda since the late 2000s, and the Church reestablished an official presence in Burundi in 2010. The new mission will also include areas in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo where there are several significant groups of prospective members who have waited decades to join the Church. The population of the new Rwanda Kigali Mission will likely be more than 50 million.

With the creation of the new missions, there will be 409 missions worldwide.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

October 2021 and November 2021 Newsletters for Cumorah.com

At cumorah.com, we have recently upgraded our website, but there have been some issues with a few of the resources working properly. See below for the October and November monthly newsletters - I cannot post them on the site at the moment. These will be posted on the website once we are able to correct this issue.

October 2021: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pgISohXXyLZ4ZIwJD9dRgnjYuHKb6iZt/view?usp=sharing.

November 2021: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-p6puUaPrfEl9b2kJM8UvWnuTm3MhNom/view?usp=sharing.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Survey Request - Church Growth and Missionary Work in Your Area Post-COVID

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Saturday, November 6, 2021

October 2021 Monthly Newsletter

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

New Stakes Created in Utah (2), Ghana, Nigeria, North Carolina, Sierra Leone; District Reinstated in Brazil; Stake Discontinued in Utah

Utah

The Church recently organized two new stakes and discontinued one stake. 

The Lehi Utah Canyon Hills Stake was organized on September 5th from a division of the Lehi Utah Traverse Mountain Stake and the Lehi Utah Pheasant Pointe Stake. The new stake includes the following eight wards: the Canyon Hills 1st, Canyon Hills 2nd, Canyon Hills 3rd, Traverse Mountain 1st, Traverse Mountain 2nd, Traverse Mountain 3rd, Traverse Mountain 11th, and Traverse Mountain 12th Wards. There are 18 stakes in Lehi.

The Saratoga Springs Utah Lake Mountain Stake was organized on October 10th from a division of the Saratoga Springs Utah South Stake. The new stake includes the following eight wards: the Harbor Bay, Hawks Landing 1st, Hawks Landing 2nd, Lake Mountain 1st, Lake Mountain 3rd, Lake Mountain 4th, Pelican Bay, and Spinnaker Bay Wards. There are now nine stakes in Saratoga Springs.

The Roy Utah Central Stake was recently discontinued. The stake was originally organized in 1984 and had five wards immediately prior to its discontinuation. These five wards have since been reassigned to neighboring stakes in Roy. The original six stakes in Roy have had few wards assigned to each stake for at least the past two decades. 

There are now 620 stakes and 2 districts in Utah.

Ghana

The Kumasi Ghana Konongo Stake was organized on September 26th from the Kumasi Ghana Konongo District. The new stake includes the following seven wards and four branches: the Ahenbronum, Ahyiaem, Domeabra, Freetown, Lowcost, Nkawkaw 2nd, and the Patriensa Nyaboo Wards, and the Akoasi, Juaso, Mpraeso, and the Nkawkaw 2nd Branches. All of the congregations in the new stake are located in the Konongo and Nkawkaw area.

There are now 28 stakes and 9 districts in Ghana.

Nigeria

The Port Harcourt Nigeria Central Stake was organized on September 12th from a division of the Port Harcourt Nigeria Stake and the Port Harcourt Nigeria East Stake. The new stake includes the following seven wards and two branches: the Akpaju, Elelenwo, Mini-Okoro, Rumuogba, Rumuokwurushi 1st, Woji 1st, and Woji 2nd Wards, and the Elekahia and Rumuomasi Branches. There are now seven stakes in the Port Harcourt metropolitan area - four of which have been organized since 2016. 

There are now 62 stakes and 17 districts in Nigeria.

North Carolina

The Morehead City North Carolina Stake was organized from a division of the Kinston North Carolina Stake (renamed Greenville North Carolina Stake) and the Wilmington North Carolina Stake. The new stake includes the following six wards and one branch: the Harkers Island, Havelock, Jacksonville 2nd, Jacksonville 3rd, Morehead City, and New Bern Wards, and the Camp Lejeune Military Branch. The new stake is the Church's first new stake organized in North Carolina since 2015.

There are now 18 stakes in North Carolina.

Sierra Leone 

The Wellington Sierra Leone Stake was organized from a division of the Kissy Sierra Leone Stake (organized in 2017) and the Kossoh Town Sierra Leone District (organized in 2014). The new stake includes the following five wards and one branch: the Allen Town, Calaba Town, Congo Water, Grassfield, Wellington 1st, and Wellington 2nd Wards, and the Allen Town Branch. The Church has experienced rapid growth in the Kissy Sierra Leone Stake since its organization in 2017 from a district. The new stake is the Church's fourth stake in the Freetown metropolitan area.

There are now eight stakes and two districts in Sierra Leone. The first stake in Sierra Leone was organized in 2012.

Brazil

The Church reinstated the União da Vitória Brazil District on October 24th. The district was originally organized in 1995, but it was discontinued in 2015. The reinstated district includes the same three branches originally part of the district immediately before the district was discontinued in 2015, namely the Canoinhas, Mafra, and União da Vitória Branches. 

There are now 280 stakes and 40 districts in Brazil.

Friday, October 29, 2021

New Branch Created in Cairo, Egypt

The Church recently published an article on its Newsroom site regarding the recent visit of Church leaders to Latter-day Saints in Cairo. The article indicated that there is now an Arabic-speaking branch in Cairo to service members, most of whom are recent converts, who primarily originate from Arabic-speaking areas in Africa such as South Sudan and northern Nigeria. The Arabic-speaking branch appears to have been recently organized. The two Cairo branches are small, and there appear to be only approximately 60 active members in the two branches. For more information about the Church in Egypt, click here.