Saturday, January 23, 2010

Change in Congregations

United States
  • Mesa Arizona Hermosa Visa Stake: Lehi Crossing Ward created
  • Lebanon Oregon Stake: Periwinkle (Spanish) Branch created
  • Oregon City Stake: Oregon City 5th Ward created
  • Frisco Texas Stake: Frisco 7th Ward created
  • Klein Texas Stake: Memorial Springs Ward created
  • Draper Utah River View: River View 9th Ward created
  • Provo Utah Wasatch (Tongan) Stake: one ward created from one branch
  • Salt Lake Hunter South Stake: Royal Ann (Spanish) Ward created from Royal Ann (Spanish) Branch
  • Salt Lake Utah (Tongan) Stake: one ward created from one branch
  • Huntington West Virginia Stake: Gallipolis Ward created from Gallipolis Branch
Change in wards: +9

Change in branches: -3

  • Surrey British Columbia Stake: Richmond 2nd (Chinese) Branch created
Change in wards: +0

Change in branches: +1

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Districts of the United States and Canada

Although 1,498 of the Church's 2,865 stakes (52%) are in the United States and Canada, only 17 of the approximately 615 districts worldwide (3%) are in these two countries. This is due to overall strong activity in larger cities and towns which can support the establishment of stakes even in rural areas. Membership has spread throughout the cities and smaller towns of both nations and can be found in strong numbers even in some rural areas, especially those colonized by Church pioneers. A large proportion of the population live in urban areas in the United States (82%) and Canada (80%), further contributing to the large number of stakes and few districts. The few districts in these two nations function in areas where membership is scattered over a large geographical area far away from functioning stakes or where poor member activity and low membership growth occurs.

Here is a list of the 12 districts in the United States provided with year of creation and the number of branches.
  • Anchorage Alaska Bush (1979): 7
  • Traverse City Michigan (1994): 9
  • Paterson New Jersey (1999): 3
  • Brooklyn New York North (1998): 5
  • Lynbrook New York (1999): 5
  • Potsdam New York (2000): 6
  • Brookville Pennsylvania (1981): 7
  • Pierre South Dakota (1979): 9
  • Eagle Pass Texas (1997): 5
  • Fort Stockton Texas (2003): 4
  • Laredo Texas (1995): 4
  • Wendover Utah (1998): 4
Here is a list of the five districts in Canada provided with year of creation and the number of branches.
  • Fort Frances Ontario (1970): 5
  • Kingston Ontario (1996): 8
  • New Glasgow Nova Scotia (1989): 9
  • Saguenay Qu├ębec (1978): 3
  • Terrace British Columbia (1980): 4
The number of districts in the United States has continued to gradually decline. There were 16 districts in 2000. Several districts have been absorbed into surrounding stakes, especially in the Eastern U.S. such as the discontinued districts in Washington DC, Baltimore, and several additional districts in New York City which were combined to create the Queens New York Stake in 2004. The Alamogordo New Mexico was recently discontinued and combined with nearby stakes. The Eastern Kansas District was made into the Garden City Kansas Stake in early 2003. A former district in northern Wisconsin was used to create part of the Green Bay Wisconsin Stake in the late 1990s.

The creation of new districts in the United States appears unlikely as Church leaders desire members in remote locations or in areas with few members to benefit from all the blessings that stakes offer members that districts do not, such as patriarchs, high priests, greater responsibilities with temple and missionary work, and larger numbers of active members for fellowshipping. It is interesting to note that with two exceptions all the districts in the United States were created between 1994 and 2003. With the exception of the Anchorage Alaska Bush District, the United States may in the coming years not have any other districts as some districts turn into stakes or are divided among surrounding stakes.

Outlying branches in some areas of Canada may be gathered into additional districts as these areas are very long distances away from stakes or currently do not have enough active members to form districts. These locations include Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Change in Congregations

  • Mesa Arizona Desert Ridge Stake: Bella Via Ward created, one branch discontinued
  • Phoenix Arizona Stake: Aguila (Spanish) Ward created
  • Apex North Carolina Stake: Fuquay-Varina Ward created
  • McAllen Texas Stake: one branch discontinued
  • Richmond Texas Stake: Richmond 2nd Ward created
  • Syracuse Utah West Stake: Trailside and Turnberry Wards created
  • Clarksburg West Virginia Stake: New Martinsville Ward created from New Martinsville Branch
Change in wards: +7

Change in branches: -3

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Change in Congregations

United States
  • Mesa Arizona Boulder Creek Stake: Redfield Ward created
  • Phoenix Arizona Stake: Trailside Ward created
  • Fontana California Stake: Oleander Ward created from discontinued Juniper and Like Oak Wards
  • Oakley California East (Tongan) Stake: Oakley 2nd (Tongan) Branch created
  • Penasquitos California Stake: Mira Mesa 4th (Spanish) Branch discontinued
  • Pocatello Idaho University 1st (Student) Stake: Pocatello University 4th (Student Single) Ward discontinued
  • Rigby Idaho Stake: Rigby 6th (YSA) Ward created from one branch
  • Hingham Massachusetts Stake: Southcoast Ward created from discontinued Fall River Branch and North Dartmouth Ward
  • Caldwell New Jersey Stake: Bayonne 1st (Spanish) Branch discontinued
  • Lynbrook New York District: Hempstead 1st Branch discontinued
  • Oklahoma City South Stake: one branch discontinued
  • Rapid City South Dakota Stake: Canyon Lake, Mount Rushmore, Rapid City and Rapid Valley Wards created from discontinued Rapid City 1st, 2nd and 3rd Wards. Black Hills (YSA) Branch discontinued.
  • Alpine Utah North Stake: Eagle Crest 2nd Ward created
  • Highland Utah West Stake: Highland 36th Ward created
  • Kaysville Utah West Stake: Francis Peak (Spanish) Ward created from one branch
Change in wards: +5

Change in branches: -7

  • Vancouver British Columbia Stake: Vancouver 4th (Spanish) Ward upgraded from Branch
  • Saint John New Brunswick Stake: one branch discontinued
  • Toronto Ontario Stake: Toronto Beaches Ward discontinued
Change in wards: +0

Change in branches: -2