Sunday, December 6, 2009

Change in Congregations

  • Gilbert Arizona San Tan Stake: one ward (YSA) created from one branch (YSA)
  • Fullerton California Stake: one ward dissolved
  • Irvine California Stake: Yale (Mandarin) Branch created
  • Littleton Colorado Stake: two wards dissolved
  • Athens Georgia Stake: Fort Yargo Ward created
  • Idaho Falls Ammon West Stake: Brookview Ward created
  • Idaho Falls Lincoln Stake: Sand Creek 3rd Ward created
  • Rexburg Idaho Henry's Fork Stake: Teton River Ward created
  • Las Vegas Nevada Elkhorn Springs Stake: Cedar Springs Ward created
  • Cherry Hill New Jersey Stake: Pitman (YSA) Branch created
  • Lacey Washington Stake: Rainer Vista (Spanish) Branch created
Change in wards: +3

Change in branches: +2


Matt said...

It's about time Irvine CA Stake created a Chinese branch. While they are at it, how about a Korean and Farsi Branch too?

Too bad Fullerton Stake loses another ward. It's because within the past 10 years Fullerton has gone from 90% white to now 40% Korean, 40% White, 20% Latino. But the Fullerton Stake does nothing to reach out to the Koreans at all. I ask leaders over there about it and it's like they have this deer in the headlight look not knowing what to do. Very frustrating. How about some Church signs in Korean, some Korean speaking missionaries, free English classes and maybe a Korean speaking Sunday School. It's not that hard since most Koreans are already Christian.

Matt said...

Being a returned missionary who served in Korea, I agree that outreach by the Church to Koreans in the United States is very limited. There are large Korean communities in Denver and Colorado Springs, yet no Korean congregations met in either of these locations.

Koreans are usually Christian, but that does not mean that most Korean Christians typically have a strong testimony of Christ. Many of the Koreans I have met follow Christian doctrines, but struggle with some major Christian doctrines as well (like attending Church weekly and believing in the resurrection). Many attend for the social interaction. Also many of the devote Christians are heavily integrated into their churches they already attend. Koreans are very devoted when they do follow Christian principles, as evidenced by South Korea sending the second largest amount of Christian missionaries worldwide.

Returned missionaries who served in Korea are likely the key to reaching out to Koreans in the U.S. and in many other countries.