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.

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