Monday, December 23, 2013

5 Stakes created in October and November 2013

The LDS Church created 1 new stake in October 2013
The LDS Church created 4 new stakes in November 2013 (all 4 in the US)

One new stake were created in Ecuador.  There are now 35 Stakes in the Ecuador and 1 temple


One new stake was created in Utah.  There are now 565 Stakes in Utah (5 this year) and 14 temples and 3 more under construction.

One new stake was created in Colorado.  There are now 33 Stakes in Colorado (2 this year) and 1 temple and 1 more under construction.

One new stake was created in Missouri.  There are now 15 Stakes in Missouri and 1 temple

One new stake was created in Texas.  There are now 59 Stakes in Texas and 4 temples

35. Quito Ecuador Turubamba - October 20th, 2013
36. Highland Utah Central - November 3rd, 2013
37. Brighton Colorado - November 10th, 2013
38. West Plains Missouri - November 24th, 2013
39. Round Rock Texas East - November 24th, 2013

From http://ldschurchgrowth.blogspot.com/, later confirmed at http://www.ldschurchnews.com/callings/

Interesting to see all four new stakes in US.  This year there are 12 new stakes in the US and 9 outside. (that will change in December with several new foreign stakes announced)

There are now 3,051 stakes worldwide, with 1,516 in the US (49.7%) and 1,535 outside the US.

You can see maps at https://www.lds.org/maps/,
As a bonus if you are a member of the church and you log in, then you can see boundaries for any ward, stake or mission in the world!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Gilbert Arizona Temple dedication date set

The Gilbert Arizona Temple will be dedicated on March, 2nd, 2014. This will be the 4th temple in Arizona, with 2 more under construction

The Gilbert temple will be the 142nd temple in operation. There are 14 more under construction and another 14 announced.

Tegucigalpa Honduras was dedicated in March 2013.

At 85,000 square feet and rising to 195 feet, this will be the largest temple built in 17 years. (Mt Timpanogos and Bountiful are just over 104,000 sq feet)  It will also be the largest building in Gilbert

This will be about the same size as Manti, the new Provo City, and Idaho Falls.  The new Payson temple will be 96,000 sq feet

Gilbert Arizona Mormon Temple

Of course Salt Lake (253,000) Los Angeles (191,00) Wash DC (160,000) Jordan River (153,00) and Mexico City (117,000)  are the five largest.

Read about it here lds.org/church/events/public-invited-to-gilbert-arizona-temple

See pictures here http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/gilbert/

and here http://mormontemples.org/gilbert

7 new stakes created in September

The LDS Church created 7 new stakes in September 2013

Two new stake were created in the Philippines.  There are now 87 Stakes in the Philippines and 2 temples (with one more under construction).

One new stake was created in France.  There are now 11 Stakes in France and with a temple in Paris under construction. 

One new stake was created in Italy.  There are now 9 Stakes in Italy and with a temple in Rome under construction.

One new stake was created in Colorado.  There are now 32 Stakes in Colorado and 1 temple (with one more under construction.)

One new stake was created in California.  There are now 157 Stakes in California and 7 temples (also my ward just split in Mission Viejo CA Stake, our stake now has ten wards!)

One new stake was created in Spain.  There are now 14 Stakes in Spain and 1 temple

28. Cebu Philippines Consolacion - September 8th, 2013
29. Paris France South - September 15th, 2013
30. Rome Italy West - September 15th, 2013
31. Aurora Colorado South - September 22nd, 2013
32. Lake Elsinore California - September 22nd, 2013
33. Las Palmas Spain - September 22nd 2013
34. San Jose Del Monte Philippines - September 22nd 2013

From http://ldschurchgrowth.blogspot.com/

Interesting to see three new stakes in Southern Europe

There are now 3,039 stakes worlwide, with 1,512 in the US (49.7%) and 1,527 outside the US.

Region Totals
 2013

Africa Totals
5
Asia Totals
3
Canada Totals
0
Caribbean Totals
0
Central America
2
Europe Totals
3
Scandinavia Totals
0
Mexico
1
South America
6
South Pacific
5
U.K. / Ireland Totals
0
US Totals
9


Totals
34



I hope to do maps next time - they are fun, but you can see maps at https://www.lds.org/maps/, if you are a member of the church and you log in, then you can see boundaries for any ward, stake or mission in the world!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

LDS Church Membership reaches 15 Million

According to my conservative calculations, the membership of the LDS church would have reached 15,009,900 by the end of August 2013.

Official membership as of 12/31/2012 was 14,782,473.  With an annual increase of 341,127 or a monthly increase of 28,427.  More likely the numbers are higher for two reasons, this is based on 2012 growth, if it is based on 2013 growth the monthly increase would be over 30,000 a month. Secondly, this is based on 55,000 missionaries, not the nearly 80,000 now serving.

End of year prediction for Dec 31, 2013, would fall at about 15.15 Million.  Of course the number would be two million higher if we counted all the children under the age of eight who are not yet baptized.  The church will release this Dec 2013 membership number in their annual April Conference in April 2014.

The 2013 US membership would be 6,415,000 growing about 100,000 a year
The International membership would be 8,719,000 growing about 250,000 a year

There are an average of 4,920 members per stake (this is simple division ignoring the 600 districts (smaller than stakes) and 7,600 branches)
There are 9.7 units (known as wards or branches or congregations) per stake
and about 510 members per unit

This puts the LDS membership ahead of the Jews both in the US and internationally
The LDS Church is the 4th largest in the US and should surpass the United Methodist church in 2019. With Catholics (67 Million US) and Southern Baptists (16 Million US) further ahead.

www.ncccusa.org/news/080215yearbook1.html
www.thearda.com/rcms2010/rcms2010
www.pewforum.org/Christian/Mormon/mormons-in-america

However, I have always believed a better measure of LDS activity is the level of stakes
There are 3,036 Stakes in the Church in 83 countries.  1,510 are in the US (49.75%) and 1,526 outside.
Year-to-date, the church has added 30 new stakes, 23 outside of the US

There are 141 operating temples, 68 in the US and 73 abroad
There are 170 announced and operating temples, 81 in the US and 89 abroad.

From the cumorah.com website
You find a map of all wards and branches and stake boundaries for all countries
Here is an example of South Africa
maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=208902184762411646460

Friday, September 20, 2013

Two Stakes Created in July, August both in Africa

There are now 3,032 stakes, with 1,510 in the US and 1,522 outside the US.  There are 76 stakes in Africa in 13 Countries. There are three temples with two more announced.

There are 22 stakes and one temple in Nigeria

There are 12 stakes and one announced temple in Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly known as Zaire)


26. Warri Nigeria - July 7th, 2013
27. Kisanga DR Congo - August 25th, 2013
ldschurchgrowth.blogspot.com

There have been 27 stakes created year to date


Click to enlarge Nigeria

Click to enlarge DR Congo
lds.org/maps - now with Stake, Ward & Mission boundaries (requires lds sign-on)

New Temples in Hartford, CT & Fort Collins, CO Break Ground for Construction

The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Hartford, CT temple was held Aug 17, 2013 by President Thomas S. Monson.

The Hartford Temple was the 156th announced temple. there are 141 in operation, 15 under construction and 14 announced for a total of 170.  This is the first temple in Connecticut, which has two stakes. Although the Yorktown, NY stakes has 5 strong CT wards in the south west corner above NYC in the "Tri-state area"

President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of the Hartford Connecticut Temple in the opening session of the 180th Semiannual General Conference (Oct 2010). Plans had been announced for a temple in Hartford at General Conference 18 years earlier, but it was decided three years later that two other temples would be built in its place—one to the north in Boston, Massachusetts (100th Temple, Oct 2000) and one to the south in White Plains, New York, later named the Harrison New York Temple. Plans for the Harrison temple were suspended following the dedication of the Manhattan New York Temple. (119th Temple June 2004)

I grew up in New York and the Harrison New York would have been in our ward. The Hartford Temple was just one stake over and should have replaced Washington D.C. as "our" temple in NY (before Wash D.C., New York was in the London Temple District or you could drive to Salt Lake)  So to have a temple in Westchester County, NY instead of CT, we were OK with. The Saints in CT were sad and President Hinckley personally flew out and apologized when they canceled the Hartford, CT temple the first time.

Now they will have NYC, Boston and Hartford. Yeah

Hartford Connecticut Mormon Temple

The Temple design is reminiscent of the historic First Church of Christ Congregational church in Farmington, completed in 1772.  The Temple will be approximately 25,500 square feet.




Tuesday, September 17, 2013

First Stake Created in Armenia (June 2013)

First Stake Created in Armenia (June 2013) Stake Number 3,027

The LDS church has created the first stake in the nation of Armenia    The Stake is called the Yerevan Armenia stake, it is the 3,027 stake in the World !

The Church now has established stakes in 83 countries.  This is the 14th new country to open its first stake since President Thomas Monson has become the Prophet, in February 2008.

The Church was in Armenia as early as 1885, as part of the Ottoman empire.  Starting in 1914 - 1916, during the Armenian genocide, between 600,000 and 800,000 Armenians were killed and another 2 million refugees fled.  The church sent over $115,000 in aid after a fast Sunday. My great-grand uncle Joseph Wilford Booth, served a mission in Armenia, actually served 3 times as a Missionary in Turkey, Armenia, Syria & Palestine for a total of 17 years. He assisted in getting refugees out of Armenia, and passed away and in Aleppo, Syria.  As a token of thanks some saints in Armenia sent him a large Turkish rug which I have in my home today.

Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve organized the Yerevan Armenia Stake on June 16, 2013.

First stake organized in the Republic of Armenia

There are now 3,027 stakes, with 1,509 in the US, but 1,518 outside of the US

The Armenia saints are in the Kiev Ukraine Temple district -- 1,330 miles away.  I believe they are the one stake the furthest from a temple in the world.

Map showing new stake in Armenia and how it is sometimes considered part of Europe and sometimes part of Asia.

13 stakes added in May and June

One new stake was created in Guatemala.  There are now 41 Stakes in Guatemala and 2 temples. 

One new stake was created in Cape Verde. There are now 2 Stakes in Cape Verde 

One new stake was created in South Africa.  There are now 13 Stakes in South Africa and 1 temple. (with one more under construction)

Three new stake were created in Brazil.  There are now 249 Stakes in Brazil and 6 temples. (with two more under construction)

One new stake was created in Australia.  There are now 37 Stakes in Australia and 5 temples. 

Two new stake were created in Peru.  There are now 100 Stakes in Peru and 1 temple. (with two more under construction)  Yeah, 100 stakes !

One new stake was created in Zimbabwe. There are now 5 Stakes in Zimbabwe.

One new stake was created in Costa Rica.  There are now 6 Stakes in Costa Rica and 1 temples. 

One new stake was created in Armenia . This is the first stake created in Armenia  

One new stake was created in Utah.  There are now 564 Stakes in Utah and 14 temples. (with three more under construction)

12 of the 13 new stakes created were outside the US. These 13 new stakes were on 5 continents.

Armenia is the 83rd country to have at least one stake in its boundaries.

There are now 3,031 stakes, with 1,510 in the US, but 1,521 outside of the US

ldschurchgrowth.blogspot.com - great source of LDS church growth information !

13. Antigua Guatemala - May 5th, 2013
14. Mindelo Cape Verde - May 5th, 2013
15. Bloemfontein South Africa - May 19th, 2013
16. Chapec├│ Brazil - May 19th, 2013
17. Sydney Australia Fairfield - May 19th, 2013

18. Lima Peru Pachacamac - June 2nd, 2013
19. Nkulumane Zimbabwe - June 2nd, 2013
20. Heredia Costa Rica - June 9th, 2013
21. Yerevan Armenia - June 16th, 2013
22. Orem Utah Vineyard - June 16th, 2013
23. Pirassununga Brazil - June 23rd, 2013
24. Santo Ângelo Brazil - June 23rd, 2013
25. Lima Peru Santa Patricia - June 29th, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

April Conference, the Annual Statistical Report (Yeah!)

As you can guess, this is one of my favorite parts of April Conference, the Annual Statistical Report:


For the information of the members of the Church, the First Presidency has issued the following statistical report regarding the growth and status of the Church as of December 31, 2012.

Church Units
Number
Increase*
Percent Increase
Stakes
3,005
60
2.04%
Missions**
347
7
2.1%
Districts
591

Wards and Branches
29,014


Church Membership

Total Membership
14,782,473
341,127
2.36%
New Children of Record during 2012
122,273

Converts Baptized during 2012
272,330
230
0.8%

Missionaries

Full-Time Missionaries
58,990
3,580
6.5%
Church-Service Missionaries
22,961


Temples

Temples Dedicated during 2012

(Kansas City Missouri, Manaus Brazil, Brigham City Utah, and Calgary Alberta)

4

2.9%
Temples Rededicated during 2012 (Buenos Aires Argentina and Boise Idaho)

2

Temples in Operation
140


* Increase and Percent Increase are my own calculations
** The church added 58 new missions in early 2013, so now there are 405 missions and 75,000 missionaries.