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