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