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

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 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, 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"
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 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."

© 2008 Deseret News Publishing Company All rights reserved

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.