Saturday, December 20, 2008

Change in Congregations

  • Gilbert Arizona Val Vista Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Queen Creek Arizona East Stake: Pecan Grove Ward created
  • Queen Creek Arizona North Stake: Cortina 3rd and Nauvoo Station (YSA) Wards created
  • Hemet California Stake: one ward created from one branch
  • Ammon Idaho Foothills Stake: Ammon 28th Ward created
  • BYU-Idaho 2nd Stake: BYU-Idaho 88th Ward created
  • Carey Idaho Stake: Dietrich 2nd Branch created
  • Idaho Falls Taylor Mountain Stake: one branch dissolved
  • Pocatello Idaho West Stake: two wards created from two branches
  • New Orleans Louisiana Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Hingham Massachusetts Stake: one ward dissolved, one branch created
  • Las Vegas Nevada East Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Las Vegas Nevada Warm Springs Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Houston Texas (Spanish) Stake: Sunnyside (Spanish) Branch created
  • Houston Texas East Stake: Space Center (YSA) Branch created
  • Houston Texas West (Spanish) Stake: Oakcrest (Spanish) Branch created
  • Plano Texas Stake: Plano 2nd (Spanish) Branch created
  • Lehi Utah Stake: Spring Creek Ward created
  • Lehi Utah Gateway Stake: Thanksgiving Village Ward created
  • Lehi Utah Willow Park Stake: Willow Creek Ward created
  • Bellevue Washington Stake: Bellevue 4th (Spanish) Branch created

Change in wards: +6

Change in branches: +3

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Change in Congregations

  • Orlando Florida Hunters Creek Stake: Southchase (Spanish) Ward created from a branch
  • Henderson Nevada Lake Mead Stake: Alta Vista (Spanish) Branch created
  • Henderson Nevada Anthem Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Las Vegas Nevada Paradise Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Las Vegas Nevada Sunrise Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Los Lunes New Mexico Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Roswell New Mexico Stake: Hobbs 2nd (Spanish) Branch created
  • Durham North Carolina Stake: one ward created
  • Philadelphia Pennsylvania Stake: Frankford Branch created
  • Greenville South Carolina Stake: Greenville 4th (Spanish) Branch created
  • Greenville South Carolina East Stake: Spartanburg 3rd (Spanish) Branch created
  • Nashville Tennessee Stake: Bellevue Ward created
  • Austin Texas Stake: one ward created from one branch
  • Houston Texas (Spanish) Stake: San Jacinto (Spanish) Branch created
  • Cedar City Utah Cross Hollow Stake: Cross Hollow Ward created
  • Kaysville Utah West Stake: Burton Ward created
  • Provo Utah Parkway Stake: Parkway 8th (YSA) Ward created
  • Salt Lake Bonneville Stake: one ward dissolved
  • West Jordan Utah Sunset Ridge Stake: one ward created

Change in wards: +3

Change in branches: +4

Monday, November 3, 2008

Change in Congregations

  • Mesa Arizona Alta Mesa Stake: Mountain Park (YSA) Branch created
  • Mesa Arizona Citrus Heights Stake: Highgroves (YSA) Ward created
  • Mesa Arizona Desert Ridge Stake: Los Lagos (Spanish) Branch created
  • Mesa Arizona Kimball East Stake: Eden Park (YSA) Ward created
  • Queen Creek Arizona Stake: Montelena Ward created
  • Scottsdale Arizona Camelback Stake: one ward created
  • Temple Arizona University (Student) Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Anderson California Stake: one ward dissolved
  • San Jose California Stake: one branch dissolved
  • San Jose California South Stake: one ward (Spanish) created from one branch (Spanish)
  • Simi Valley California Stake: one ward created from one branch
  • Kahului Hawaii Stake: Piilani (Tongan) Ward created
  • Hingham Massachusetts Stake: Plymouth Branch created
  • Winston-Salem North Carolina Stake: one ward created
  • Hooper Utah Stake: Lakeview Ward created
  • Saratoga Springs Utah Stake: Harvest Hills 9th and 10th Wards created
  • Stansbury Park Utah Stake: Ponderosa Ward created
  • American Fork Utah Stake: one branch (retirement) created
  • Port Angeles Washington Stake: Sequim Bay Ward created
  • Richland Washington Stake: one ward created
  • Tacoma Washington Stake: one ward (Spanish) created from one branch (Spanish)
  • Vancouver Washington East Stake: two wards created
Change in wards: +15

Change in branches: +0

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Change in Congregations

  • Augusta Georgia Stake: Coker Springs Ward created
  • Boise Idaho South Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Middleton Idaho Stake: Middleton 7th Ward created
  • Rigby Idaho East Stake: Rigby 16th Ward created
  • Burnsville Minnesota Stake: Northfield (YSA) Branch created
  • Gresham Oregon Stake: Butler Creek Ward created
  • Tulsa Oklahoma Stake: Bartlesville 3rd Ward created
  • Austin Texas Stake: Cypress Creek Ward created
  • Fruit Heights Utah Stake: one ward created from one branch (YSA)
  • Provo Utah Wasatch (Tongan) Stake: Lehi 41st (Tongan) and 42 (Samoan) Branches created
  • Riverton Utah North Stake: one ward dissolved and one branch created
  • Salt Lake Canyon Rim Stake: one ward (YSA) created
  • Salt Lake East Mill Creek Stake: one ward (YSA) created
  • Salt Lake Jordan North Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Salt Lake Wilford Stake: one ward (YSA) created
  • Chesapeake Virginia Stake: Chesapeake (YSA) Branch created
  • Virginia Beach Stake: one ward created
Change in wards: +8

Change in branches: +4

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Change in Congregations

  • Fountain Colorado Stake: Mesa Ridge Ward created
  • Garden City Kansas Stake: Dodge City 2nd (Spanish) Branch created
  • Hingham Massachusetts Stake: Franklin 2nd Branch created
  • Sparks Nevada Stake: Red Hill Branch created
  • Bay City Texas Stake: Brazoria (Spanish) Branch created
  • Longview Texas Stake: Hemphill Branch created
  • Spokane Washington West Stake: Spokane 3rd (Spanish) Branch created
Change in wards: +1

Change in branches: +6

Change in Congregations Since 2000


This chart illustrates how congregation growth in the United States has been stable overtime, with usually around 150-200 wards created a year. The large jump in branches in 2004 can be attributed to the formation of Young Single Adult or Spanish speaking branches.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Change in Congregations

Canada
One new ward was created in the Edmonton Alberta Millwoods Stake.

Changes in Congregations

  • Cottonwood Arizona Stake: one branch created
  • Thatcher Arizona Stake: Mount Graham 4th (YSA) Ward created
  • Barstow California Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Concord California Stake: Richmond 3rd (YSA) Branch created
  • Long Beach California Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Santa Maria California Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Thousand Oaks California Stake: one branch dissolved
  • Idaho Falls Lincoln Stake: one ward created
  • Rigby Idaho Stake: Garfield 5th Ward created
  • Traverse City Michigan District: Traverse City 2nd Branch dissolved
  • Elko Nevada West Stake: Elko 7th (Spanish) Branch created
  • Las Vegas Nevada Tule Springs Stake: Shadow Ridge Ward created
  • Las Vegas Nevada Warm Springs Stake: two wards created
  • Roswell New Mexico Stake: one ward created from one branch
  • Valley Forge Pennsylvania Stake: one branch dissolved
  • North Salt Lake Utah Parkway Stake: Foxboro 5th Ward created
  • Pleasant View Utah Stake: two wards created (one YSA)
  • Providence Utah South Stake: Meadow Lane Ward created
  • Westpoint Utah Lakeside Stake: Westpoint 17th Ward created

Change in wards: +9

Change in branches: -1

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Change in Congregations

  • Fort Myers Florida Stake - one ward dissolved
  • Peoria Illinois Stake - one branch dissolved
  • Louisville Kentucky Stake - one ward created from one branch (La Grange)
  • Greensboro North Carolina Stake - Summerfield Ward created
  • McMinnville Tennessee Stake - one ward created from one branch
  • Bennion Utah West Stake - one ward created
  • Bloomington Utah Stake - Bloomington 9th (Samoan) Branch created
  • Herriman Utah West Stake - Rose Creek 6th (Spanish) Branch created
  • Kearns Utah Stake - one ward dissolved
  • Logan Utah Cache Stake - Meadows 2nd Ward created
  • Murray Utah Little Cottonwood Stake - one branch dissolved
  • Orem Utah College 1st Stake - one ward dissolved
  • Panguitch Utah Stake - one ward dissolved
  • Sandy Utah Midvalley Stake - one branch created from dissolved ward
  • Syracuse Utah Stake - Zion's Crossing Ward created
  • West Jordan Utah Sunset Ridge Stake - Sunset Ridge 8th Ward created
  • West Point Utah Lakeside Stake - Clinton 28th (Spanish) Branch created

Change in wards: +2

Change in branches: +0

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Change in Congregations

  • Fairbanks Alaska Stake - Fairbanks 6th Ward created
  • Gainesville Florida Stake - one branch created
  • Jacksonville Florida East Stake - Julington Creek Ward created
  • Harlingen Texas Stake - Progreso (Spanish) Branch created
  • Round Rock Texas Stake - Story Point and Walsh Ranch wards created
  • McLean Virginia Stake - one ward created
  • Richmond Virginia Chesterfield Stake - Oak Grove Branch created
  • Graham Washington Stake - South Hill (YSA) Branch created

Change in wards : +5

Change in branches: +4

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Change in Congregations

  • Fresno California Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Meridian Idaho Paramount Stake: one ward created from one branch
  • Mountain Home Idaho Stake: Mountain Home 7th Ward created
  • Rexburg Idaho Center Stake: Willowbrook Ward created
  • Layton Utah Layton Hills Stake: Rolling Hills Branch created
  • Lehi Utah South Stake: Chappel Valley 3rd Ward created
  • Lehi Utah Transverse Mountain Stake: Transverse Mountain 6th Ward created
  • South Jordan Utah Daybreak Stake: Daybreak 16th (Spanish) Branch created

Change in wards: +4

Change in branches: +1

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Change in Congregations

  • Casa Grande Arizona Stake: one branch created
  • Chandler Arizona Stake: Cooper 2nd Ward created
  • Chandler Arizona East Stake: two wards created
  • Mesa Arizona Skyline Stake: Skyline (YSA) Branch created
  • Castle Rock Colorado Stake: Foothills Ward created
  • Louisville Kentucky Stake: Louisville 7th (YSA) Branch created
  • Kalispell Montana Stake: Flathead (YSA) Branch created
  • Harlington Texas Stake: Casa Linda (Spanish) Branch created
  • San Antonio Texas East Stake: Fort Sam Houston Military Branch created
  • Grantsville Utah Stake: one ward created
  • Tooele Utah North Stake: Overlake 5th Ward created

Change in wards: +6

Change in branches: +6

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Changes in Congregations

  • Springdale Arkansas Stake: Springdale 2nd (Spanish) and Springdale 3rd (Marshallese) Branches created
  • Wilmington Delaware Stake: Dover 2nd Branch created
  • Honolulu Hawaii Stake: one ward created from one branch (Tongan)
  • Derby Kansas Stake: one branch dissolved
  • Syracuse New York Stake: one ward created from one branch
  • Corvallis Oregon Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Friendswood Texas Stake: Kemah (Spanish) Branch created
  • Harlingen Texas Stake: San Benito (Spanish) Branch created
  • Duchesne Utah Stake: one branch dissolved
  • Plain City Utah Stake: one YSA branch created
  • Salt Lake Hillside Stake: three wards dissolved
  • Saratoga Springs Utah Stake: Jacob's Ranch 2nd Ward created

Change in wards: -1

Change in branches: +2

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Church in Salt Lake City, Utah

The Salt Lake Tribute recently wrote a story about Mormons leaving Salt Lake City and relocating into the suburbs. It is true that many members of the Church are leaving the city into more affordable housing in places like South Jordan or Lehi. However, Church membership remains strong in Salt Lake. Only two stakes have ever been discontinued in Salt Lake: one in Eagle Gate (2003) and the other at the University of Utah (the latter was dissolved in 2004 and a new stake was created in 2007 to replace it. It was due to a new institute building being built). I do find it likely that some stakes will be combined in the coming years due to the continuation of members leaving the city. The Church has been successful at bringing people into the Church in the area (especially from minority groups) but has not been at as fast a rate as people moving away.

I went back into my data from 2004 when I started to get seriously interested in the growth of the Church and Church demographics and found that the number of wards in Salt Lake City (among stakes that are not Tongan or have "Utah" in the name) have decreased by 10 and branches have increased by nine. This is out of a total of 60 stakes. Many of the new branches created are Spanish speaking. This illustrates that members are not all leaving at once, but is a trend. Also, it shows that members are still moving to Salt Lake as well.

Here is the url for the story

http://www.sltrib.com/lds/ci_9913722

Monday, July 14, 2008

Change in Congregations

  • Burley Idaho Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Knoxville Tennessee Stake: Knoxville (YSA) Branch created
  • Eagle Mountain Utah East Stake: Highlands 2nd and Kiowa Valley 2nd Wards created
  • Highland Utah Stake: View Pointe Ward created
  • Orem Utah Windsor Stake: one ward created from branch

Change in wards: +3

Change in branches: +0

Monday, July 7, 2008

Change in Congregations

United States
  • Casa Grande Arizona Stake: Coolidge 3rd Ward created
  • Glendale Arizona North Stake: Union Hills (YSA) Branch created
  • Goodyear Arizona Stake: Canyon Trails Ward created
  • Maricopa Arizona Stake: Maricopa 7th Ward created
  • Peoria Arizona North Stake: West Wing Ward created
  • Tucson Arizona Stake: one ward created
  • Tucson Arizona East Stake: one branch created
  • Yuma Arizona Stake: one Spanish branch created
  • Palmdale California Stake: one ward and one branch dissolved
  • Turlock California Stake: one branch created
  • Albuquerque New Mexico Stake: Alvarado (Spanish) Branch created
  • Dallas Texas Stake: Pioneer (Spanish) Branch created

Change in wards: +4

Change in branches: +5

Canada

  • Vancouver British Columbia Stake: Vancouver 5th (Korean) Branch created
  • Montreal Quebec Stake: Joliette Branch created

Change in wards: +0

Change in branches: +2

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Changes in Congregations

  • Brandon Florida Stake: Lakewood Ranch Ward created
  • Lexington Kentucky North Stake: Berea Branch created
  • St. Robert Missouri Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Las Vegas Nevada South Stake: Southern Hills Ward created
  • Spanish Fork South Stake: Spanish Fields 2nd Ward created
  • Tooele Utah Stake: Stockton 2nd Ward created

Change in wards: +3

Change in branches: +1

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Church in Upstate New York

Below is a link for an excellent article about the growth of the Church in Rochester, New York. It is very balanced, informative and positive about the Church.

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080630/NEWS01/806300322&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Changes in Congregations

  • Grand Junction Colorado West Stake: Fruita 4th Ward created
  • Rexburg Idaho East Stake: Harvest Ward created

Change in wards: +2

Change in branches: +0

Monday, June 23, 2008

New Stake Created in Utah

The Washington Utah East Stake was created yesterday from three stakes in the St. George and Washington area. The new stake has seven wards and one branch (there are actually two more branches for the correctional facility). This is the fifth new stake created in Utah this year and the 16th worldwide as far as I know.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Changes in Congregations

  • Mission Viejo California Stake: Ladera Ranch 1st Ward created
  • San Diego California North Stake: University City 2nd Ward created
  • Sugar Hill Georgia Stake: one branch dissolved
  • Bloomfield Hills Michigan Stake: one ward created from branch*
  • Allen Texas Stake: Allen 6th Ward created
  • Corpus Cristi Texas Stake: Horne Road (Spanish) Branch created
  • Payson Utah Mountain View Stake: one ward created from branch (Spanish)
  • Saratoga Springs Utah Stake: one ward created from branch
  • South Jordan Utah Daybreak Stake: Daybreak 14th Ward created
  • Othello Washington Stake: Royal 3rd (Spanish) Branch created

Change in wards: +7

Change in branches: -3

*This branch that became a ward was the Gratiot Branch, which used to belong to the old Detriot Michigan District that was absorbed into a couple stakes in the Detriot suburbs a few years ago. This is the first of the five branches that were in the original inner city district to become a ward.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Changes in Congregations

  • Fresno California West Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Long Beach California East Stake: two wards dissolved
  • Morgan Hill California Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Oakland California Stake: one ward created from branch
  • San Jose California Stake: one branch dissolved
  • Cedar City University Stakes: three wards created
  • Layton Utah South Stake: two wards created
  • Provo Utah Bonneville Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Provo Utah East Stake: one branch created (YSA)
  • Provo Utah Grandview East Stake: one ward created from branch
  • Provo Utah South Stake: East Bay 3rd (YSA) Ward created
  • Salt Lake Holladay: one branch created (care center)
  • Salt Lake Utah South (Tongan) Stake: Riverton 24th (Tongan) Branch created
  • Salt Lake Wilford Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Sandy Utah Midvalley Stake: one branch created from dissolved ward
  • Newport News Virginia Stake: Newport News 3rd Branch created

Change in wards: +1

Change in branches: +2

Also, a new ward was created in Canada. The De Winton Ward was created in the Calgary Alberta Foothills Stake.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

New Stake Created in Utah

The Payson Utah Mount Nebo Stake was recently created from several stakes in Payson. The new stake has around nine wards and a branch in it; quite possibly one of the biggest new stakes I have seen created before. Lately many of the new stake created in the United States have had over seven wards; a departure from several years ago when most stakes created have six wards in them. This brings the total number of stakes created in Utah this year to four and worldwide to 15.

Changes in Congregations

  • Fort Smith Arkansas Stake: one ward created from branch
  • BYU-Idaho 8th (Student Married) Stake: BYU-Idaho 89th (Student Married) Ward created
  • Idaho Falls South Stake: one branch created from dissolved ward
  • Rexburg Idaho Center Stake: one YSA ward created from YSA branch
  • Cedar Rapids Iowa Stake: one branch dissolved
  • Monroe Louisiana Stake: one ward created from branch
  • Silver Spring Maryland Stake: one ward created from branch
  • Santa Fe New Mexico: El Camino Real (Spanish) Branch created
  • Gastonia North Carolina Stake: Alexandriana Ward created
  • Goldsboro North Carolina Stake: one branch dissolved
  • Portland Oregon East Stake: Rose City 2nd (Tongan) Ward created
  • Lehi Utah Jordan River Stake: one ward created from branch
  • Lehi Utah South Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Saraquin Utah Stake: Saraquin 15th Ward created
  • South Jordan Daybreak Stake: Daybreak 13th Ward created
  • Tremonton Utah South Stake: Fairview 2nd (Spanish) Branch created
  • Casper Wyoming Stake: Martin's Cove Branch created

Change in Wards: +8

Change in Branches: -3

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Recent growth trends in the United States

Increase in Church membership since 2001
  • 2001 - 101,771
  • 2002 - 99,946
  • 2003 - 92,648
  • 2004 - 95,985
  • 2005 - 91,495
  • 2006 - 88,644

Increase in wards (large congregations) since 2001

  • 2001 - 146
  • 2002 - 159
  • 2003 - 199
  • 2004 - 210
  • 2005 - 211
  • 2006 - 200

Increase in branches (small congregations) since 2001

  • 2001 - 23
  • 2002 - -11
  • 2003 - 34
  • 2004 - 141
  • 2005 - 79
  • 2006 - 57

Increase in total congregations since 2001

  • 2001 - 169
  • 2002 - 148
  • 2003 - 233
  • 2004 - 351
  • 2005 - 290
  • 2006 - 257

Annual growth rates since 2001

  • 2001 - 1.95%
  • 2002 - 1.88%
  • 2003 - 1.71%
  • 2004 - 1.74%
  • 2005 - 1.63%
  • 2006 - 1.56%

Members per congregation since 2001

  • 2001 - 459
  • 2002 - 461
  • 2003 - 463
  • 2004 - 462
  • 2005 - 457
  • 2006 - 453

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Changes in Congregations

  • Highlands Ranch Colorado and Littleton Colorado Stakes: two YSA branches combined into one YSA ward
  • BYU-Idaho 8th Stake: 89th (Student Married) Ward created
  • Lehi Utah Jordan River Stake: one ward created from branch (YSA)
  • Lehi Utah South Stake: one ward dissolved
  • South Jordan Utah Daybreak Stake: Daybreak 13th Ward created
  • Tremonton Utah South Stake: Fairview (Spanish) Branch created

Change in wards: +3

Change in branches: -2

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Stakes and Districts in Canada

The yellow squares are stakes, and the green squares are districts. The majority of Canadians in the Church live in Alberta, which has sometimes been nicknamed "Mormon Canada" even though Church members make up less than 3% of the population there. Vancouver and Toronto are other cities which have several stakes within the metropolitan area, but the provinces in which these cities are located (British Columbia and Ontario) have between 0.66% and 0.36% of the population belonging to the Church. Only one in 778 Canadians belong to the Church in Quebec, making this province the least "Mormon" in all of the more populous Canadian provinces. The state with the lowest percentage of Church members in the United States is Rhode Island, with around one in 300 people belonging to the Church. There are also seven temples in Canada, one of which is under construction in British Columbia.

President Hinckley in General Conference a couple years ago expressed concern for the lack of baptisms in Canada. Both Canada and the United States have lately seen declines in the number of converts and hopefully this trend can be reversed. It is a myth that the more secular a country becomes, the less the Church grows. Australia enjoyed over 5% annual growth in 2006 and created a new stake last year as well. There are many opportunities for the Church to work with immigrants in Canada, which can help build up the Church not only in Canada but also in immigrants' countries of origin.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Another New Stake in Texas

In the past couple weeks, another stake was created in Texas. The Kyle Texas Stake was created from stakes in Austin and San Antonio. There are now 52 stakes in Texas. The new stake has seven wards and two branches.

Changes in Congregations

  • American Falls Idaho Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Rupert Idaho Stake: one branch dissolved
  • Duluth Minnesota Stake: Twin Ports Ward created
  • Knoxville Tennessee Stake: Pigeon Forge (Spanish) Branch created
  • Lewisville Texas Stake: two branches dissolved (one Spanish speaking, one Young Single Adult; combined with units in Carrollton Texas Stake)
  • Richmond Virginia Stake: one ward created from branch
  • Bellevue Washington South Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Kennewick Washington East Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Othello Washington Stake: Warden 2nd (Spanish) Branch created

New wards created: -1

New branches created: -2

Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Church in Alabama


Church growth has been steady in this Southern state, most of which occurs around Huntsville. It is likely a stake in Madison will be created in the next year or two, considering the stake has 13 wards and is planning on creating new congregations in this city (which already has three). The rest of the state has seen little growth in the past five years.
Again, the green squares are branches and the yellow squares are wards.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Decline in California Membership and Congregations

For the past three or four years, the number of members and congregations in California has declined. Membership was over 770,000 back at the end 0f 2003 and as of the end of 2006 about 750,000. Members are moving away from California to other parts of the country and not being replaced by others moving in. The population of California increases every year, so this is a phenomenon the Church is experiencing in California as opposed to the entire population. The total number of wards was 1,200 for California at the end of 2003 along with 146 branches. At the end of 2006, there were 1,206 wards and 176 branches. So while the number of members declined 20,000, the number of units actually increased!

However, many congregations have been combined in the past year. In the past couple months alone, 10 wards (large congregations) have been closed. Around four or so new wards were created in the same amount of time. Last year, three stakes in California were dissolved. The two areas where most of the members are moving away from are Riverside and Sacramento. The 17 missions in California continue to baptize converts. It can make things seem unsettling though to see membership decline every year for the past three years with this many missionaries in the state. As for why so many members are moving away from the state, I am not sure. It could be from crime, cost of living, or any number of factors.

Lastly, I wanted to say that this is not the first time this happened in California. The same decline in membership and congregations occurred in the 90s when around seven stakes were dissolved. Membership rebounded in the late 90s, along with congregations and new stakes were organized.

New Stakes in Nevada and Texas

In the past couple weeks, a new stake has been created in the Las Vegas area. The Henderson Nevada Eldorado stake was organized from a couple of the stakes in Henderson. This stake has seven wards in it I believe. Also, last Sunday several of the stakes in the Dallas area were realigned and the Frisco Texas Stake was created. The new stake has nine wards in it. This is the second stake created in Texas this year, and the second in the Dallas area in the past year.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Congregation Changes in the United States

  • Elk Grove California Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Granada Hills California Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Jurupa California Stake: three wards dissolved, one branch created
  • Sacramento California: two wards dissolved
  • Athens Georgia Stake: Madison Branch created

New Wards created: -7

New Branches created: +2

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Changes in Congregations in the US

  • Anchorage Alaska Chugach Stake: Artic Valley Ward created
  • Gilbert Arizona Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Phoenix Arizona West Maricopa Stake: one ward created
  • Tucson Arizona East Stake: one ward created
  • Columbia Missouri Stake: one ward created from branch
  • Platte City Missouri Stake: Parkville Ward created
  • Arlington Texas Stake: one ward created
  • McAllen Texas Stake: one branch dissolved in Pharr
  • Santaquin Utah North Stake: one branch created (either YSA or Spanish speaking)
  • Saratoga Springs Utah Stake: Saratoga Springs 8th (YSA) Ward Created
  • Laramie Wyoming Stake: one ward dissolved (Student Single)

New wards created: +6

New branches created: -1

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Willard Stake Created

I just wanted to confirm that the Willard Utah Stake was divided on the 13th of April and the Perry Utah Stake was created. The Willard Stake has eight wards in it now, and the Perry Stake has nine wards.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

News Article on Church Growth in Alabama

I found this article about the growth of various Christian denominations in Huntsville, Alabama. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is mentioned in the article, refering to the large Huntsville Alabama Stake with 13 wards. The article quotes members in the stake that project new wards being created soon as well as a stake division. The article can be found at


http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/base/news/1208682918235280.xml&coll=1

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Changes in congregations

  • Fort Herriman Utah Stake: two wards created
  • Fruit Heights Utah Stake: one ward created from branch
  • Orem Utah Canyon View Stake: one ward created
  • Salt Lake Foothill Stake: two wards dissolved
  • Salt Lake Rose Park North Stake: one ward created from branch
  • Sandy Utah Midvalley Stake: one branch created
  • Vernal Utah Maeser Stake: one ward created
  • Woods Cross Utah Stake: one ward created

New wards created: +5

New branches created: -1

Friday, April 11, 2008

More new congregations created

Here's a few more changes in wards and branches I have found throughout stakes in the United States.



  • Miami Florida (Spanish) Stake: one branch dissolved
  • Tampa Florida Stake: New Tampa Ward created
  • Meridian Idaho South Stake: Overland Ward created
  • Twin Falls Idaho West Stake: Twin Falls 24th Ward created
  • Billings Montana Stake: one branch dissolved
  • Weatherford Texas Stake: Mineral Springs Branch created
  • Hyrum Utah Stake: one ward created
  • Hyrum Utah North Stake: one ward created
  • Hooper Utah Stake: one ward created
  • Logan Utah Stake: two wards dissolved
  • Logan Utah Cache West Stake: one ward created
  • South Jordan Utah Daybreak Stake: one ward created
  • St. George Utah East Stake: one branch created

Changes in wards: +6

Changes in branches: +0

Friday, April 4, 2008

Some more new congregations

Here are some more new changes I have found.
  • Kanesville Utah Stake: three wards created
  • North Ogden Utah Stake: one ward dissolved

Total Change in wards: +2

New ad campaign for the Church in the US

Here's an article taken from the Deseret Morning News on a new media campaign to change American's perceptions of the Church.


New LDS ad campaign touts the 'Truth Restored'
By Carrie A. MooreDeseret Morning News
Published: April 4, 2008
A new advertising campaign for the LDS Church that has been test-marketed in selected areas looks to focus public attention on "Truth Restored" as an answer to life's greatest questions.
With the 178th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints set to begin Saturday, church leaders will focus on specific doctrinal issues for church members. But the new ad campaign is designed to reach those who know little or nothing about the faith.
Developed by the church in conjunction with Brigham Young University's advertising department, the ads — inside publications such as Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report and Sports Illustrated, and targeted at specific geographic markets — are a departure from the faith's long-running "Homefront" series.
The new print ad campaign features people who identify themselves and their quest to find God, describing a life challenge that sent them looking for meaning in the divine. "I felt so destroyed by my addiction to alcohol and drugs," writes Jovanny Vasquez, of Bronx, N.Y., in a two-page ad that appeared in U.S. News in the Las Vegas area in August.
Appearing alongside the image of a man dancing with a woman and two children, he continues, "I prayed with all my heart to find a solution to my life. I was at the point of losing my wife and family. The God I was looking for was a merciful God. I wanted to know how to be forgiven."
At the bottom of the page, the church's logo appears in large lettering, with the phrase TRUTH RESTORED underneath in smaller type, followed by mormon.org beneath them both.
The campaign, which has adopted a slightly different format for TV, radio, billboard and Internet advertising, has been running for about eight months in four different areas of the country that correspond to designated LDS mission areas: Las Vegas; Las Vegas West; Independence, Mo., including Kansas City and Wichita; and New York Utica, which includes Albany, Syracuse and Utica.
Kevin Kelly, a former New York advertising executive and associate professor of advertising at BYU, told an overflowing auditorium at the school last week about developing the campaign with the church, with oversight from LDS general authorities on the Missionary Executive Council.
In surveys or pretesting done before the campaign began in those markets, results showed 63 percent of respondents didn't know the main claims of the LDS Church. So in an all-out media blitz, the team sought to "have people keep bumping into our message," Kelly said.
"The idea was that (our) media would do the heavy lifting, and that church members would then just answer people's questions, and if they couldn't answer then they would pull out their wallets."
The campaign includes pass-along cards for church members to carry, with answers to questions about topics including life after death, God's involvement in the world and how to keep one's family and marriage safe and secure based on LDS gospel principles.
After three months of intensive media in those markets, surveys were done again and showed that many more people than before "felt it's possible to answer life's deeper questions," Kelly said. "This was thrilling as an advertiser. People were actually looking for answers and also described the main claim of the church, that Christ's church and its teachings have been restored."
After several months, one mission president reported 76 convert baptisms that he believed were in some way attributable to or had been influenced by the campaign, Kelly said. The ads provided "identified messages that are relevant" to everyday people and increased traffic to mormon.org, he said.
Scott Swofford, director of media for the LDS Missionary Department, said the campaign was designed to target areas of the United States "that best mirror the country as a whole." It includes TV and radio spots featuring "man on the street" interviews, but simply walking up to people and asking them to sign a release and talk on camera or for radio "is almost impossible," he said.
The team called casting agencies that supply extras for film and television, told them they needed a diverse population, and had them send the extras to a street corner at a specified time, he said. "Then we asked them questions about life satisfaction that they had never heard before. They were actually questioned on camera, and it wasn't rehearsed, but these are people used to signing releases and appearing in front of cameras.
"I was shocked at how cooperative they were and how honest in their opinions," he said. "We had a wide variety of people to compare and contrast. Many of them expressed opinions that contrasted their own religious belief."
Their comments, including statements like "I would like to think God knows me," and "I don't think God cares about me," were condensed into radio and TV ads, followed by a voice-over that says, "After centuries of confusion, truth about life's great questions is now restored. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Visit mormon.org"
Swofford said the focus of the campaign is "what are things that resonate commonly among us, and does the restored gospel shed light on your question about life?"
He said eight months "is a pretty short time to decide whether the campaign is working," but the team will continue to analyze data on how it affected people who actually joined the church. "What we do know is that traffic to mormon.org increased from 200 to 300 percent from pretest levels. Of the referrals coming in, many of them are from that site, but we don't have specific numbers yet that say things have improved or changed.
"Whether the net result will be an increase in baptisms — we're still trying to figure out where that is."
Early feedback from missionaries, church leaders and members in the test areas is "really enthused. ... Many reported retention (of converts) was better, and we've probably shipped over 500,000 pass-along cards."


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Thursday, April 3, 2008

New congregations created in the past month

Below is a list of some congregations that have been created or dissolved in the past month or so. As I have stated in my other blog, congregation growth is one of the greatest indicators in the growth of the overall Church. Congregations need members actively serving each other in order to function, let alone for the need of new congregations to be created. Sometimes I cannot pin point exactly which congregations are dissolved or created. So, in those cases just the stake will be cited along with the change in the number of its units. I have a record I keep of the number of wards and branch in each stake throughout the United States and Canada. This is difficult to do internationally because of the lack of websites created by the Church for other nations.



  • Glendale Arizona Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Phoenix Arizona West Maricopa Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Springdale Arkansas Stake: Har-Ber and Prairie Grove Wards created
  • Escondido California South Stake: one ward created from one branch
  • Ontario California Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Palos Verdes California Stake: one branch dissolved
  • Riverside California Stake: Mission (Spanish) Ward created
  • Rocklin California Stake: Lincoln 5th Ward created
  • Arapahoe Colorado Stake: Denver 4th (Spanish) Ward created
  • Denver Colorado North Stake: Monte Vista (Spanish) Ward created
  • Longmont Colorado Stake: one branch (Spanish) dissolved
  • Jonesboro Georgia Stake: Moreland branch created
  • Council Bluffs Iowa Stake: one ward created from one branch
  • Lexington Kentucky Stake: one branch dissolved
  • Omaha Nebraska Stake: one ward created from one branch
  • Las Vegas Nevada Meadows Stake: two wards dissolved
  • Las Vegas Nevada South Stake:one ward created
  • Caldwell New Jersey Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Roswell New Mexico Stake: one ward created
  • Rochester New York Stake: two wards created, three branches dissolved
  • Reading Pennsylvania Stake: Reading 3rd (Spanish) Branch created
  • Longview Texas Stake: Longview 4th (Spanish) Branch created
  • Klein Texas Stake: one ward created
  • Dallas Texas East Stake: Forney Ward created
  • Bloomington Utah Stake: one ward created
  • Lehi Utah Jordan River Stake: one ward created
  • Nibley Utah Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Santa Clara Utah Stake: one ward created from one branch
  • Spanish Fork Utah Palmyra Stake: one ward created
  • Spanish Fork Utah South Stake: one ward created
  • Vernal Utah Ashley Stake: one ward created
  • West Point Utah Stake: one ward created
  • Renton Washington Stake: Renton Branch created
  • Green Bay Wisconsin Stake: one branch dissolved
  • Calgary Alberta East Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Grande Prairie Stake: one branch dissolved

Change in wards: +12

Change in branches: -7

Getting Started

I decided that I need to start a blog that focuses just on the United States and Canada in respect with the growth of the Church. I will post information concerning congregations being created and discontinued. Also, I will post maps periodically. Membership and growth trends for each nation and for each state or province will also be explored in this blog.