Sunday, May 22, 2011

LDS Stake created in United Arab Emirates, another chapel in Israel dedicated

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visited the Middle East, where he converted the Manama Bahrain Stake (originally the Arabian Peninsula stake created in 1990's) back down to a district, but organized the Abu Dhabi Stake, which takes in Dubai, U.A.E. and branches in Kuwait and Oman.  
Elder Holland also dedicated a new chapel in Tel Aviv, Israel.  While the church first entered Jerusalem in April 1841, (note: when I went to the BYU Jerusalem Center in 1987 for a spring semester as a student, we visited the Orson Hyde Memorial Park, commemorating his missionary visit in 1841 and 1842) currently the church only maintains a few congregations and has agreed not to proselyte in the area.  The Israeli congregations are in Jerusalem, Tiberius and Tel Aviv. 

lds.org/prophets-speak-today/middle-east
www.ldschurchnews.com/New-stake-presidents
www.ldschurchnews.com/Historic-visit-Apostle-tours-8-nations

1 comment:

Steve Payette said...

Your article is incorrect about the organization of the Arabian Peninsula Stake. On April 22, 1983, at district conference in Dhahran, Elder Boyd K. Packer a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles organized the Arabian Peninsula Stake. I was present in the conference and in was ordained a high priest by Elder Packer on that very day.