United States information: Minnesota


Jan. 1, 2009: Est. population, 304,060,000; Members, 5,974,041; Stakes, 1,438; Wards, 11,289; Branches, 2,074; Districts, 12; Missions, 106;Temples in use, 62; under construction or announced, 7; Percent LDS, 2, or one in 51.

A few stakes and missions have headquarters in states other than that for which they are named. To simplify this listing, these stakes and missions are listed in the states for which they are named. Numbers preceding stakes and missions are their chronological numbers assigned at the time of creation. Letters are added if number has been used previously.

(* Stake name changed 14 Jan 1974 or as indicated otherwise.)


Jan. 1, 2009: Est. population, 5,220,000; Members, 30,006; Stakes, 7; Wards, 53; Branches, 26; Missions, 1; Temples, 1; Percent LDS, 0.57, or one in 174.

Though missionary work spread through neighboring states during the 1830s and 1840s, it appears the first elder to preach in Minnesota was Ralph Joung, who in 1854, "preached at Spring Grove," according to a Minnesota county newspaper.

In 1857, missionaries baptized Minnesota settlers Robert and Sarah Pope in Morristown, along with Edwin Theodore Pope and his wife, whose name was not recorded. These converts soon gathered with the saints in Utah. The next missionary to Minnesota was Silas Hoyt in September 1868 and two years later Ariah C. Brower and Eli Whipple worked in Minnesota and adjoining states.

Minnesota had a high percentage of Scandinavian immigrants in the 1870s, so in 1875 Bengt P. Wulffenstein, who spoke Swedish, German and Danish began a systematic and successful effort to teach the many Scandinavians in the state. That same year, Wulffenstein organized Minnesota's first branch, a small group of converts in Freeborn County. By 1877, five more branches were organized in the cities of Princeton, Monticello, Farmersville, Burns and Isanti, and by February 1882, Minnesota had 74 members.

The town of Monticello became a center for the work as Deborah Houghton Riggs, the wife of its founder, Ashley C. Riggs, joined the Church. The Riggs family helped support the elders, boarded them, and because of the family's prominence deflected criticism of the elders and the Church. By the end of the 1870s and early 1880s, groups of Latter-day Saints began to migrate to Utah including a group of 70 from Monticello. In 1886, about 227 members belonged to the Minnesota Conference, which also included Wisconsin, the Dakotas and Iowa.

By the turn of the 20th century, most Minnesota converts had left for Zion. The handful who remained worked to build the Church. Minnesota Conference headquarters were established in Minneapolis in 1900 and on 20 May a Sunday School was organized in Minneapolis and another was organized in St. Paul on 5 August. The Sunday Schools were combined in 1902. The new unit had an average attendance of 50. Mission president German E. Ellsworth served from 1904-1919, and under his leadership, the first Church-owned building in Minnesota was purchased on 9 May 1914 for the St. Paul Branch. A baptismal font was installed in its basement for baptismal services for converts from the entire state. By 1919, membership had increased to 4,000 in 30 branches. A meetinghouse was dedicated in Minneapolis on 26 October 1924 by President Heber J. Grant and Elder George Albert Smith of the Quorum of the Twelve. By 1930, there were three districts in the state: the North, South and Lake.

The Minnesota Stake, the first in the state, was organized in Minneapolis on 29 November 1960 with six wards and five branches, and a membership of 2,600. When the name of the Minnesota Stake was changed to the Minneapolis Minnesota Stake in 1974, it had 4,936 members. Two years later, the St. Paul Stake was created. The Minnesota-Manitoba Mission was created in 1970. Boundary changes occurred creating the Minnesota-Wisconsin Mission in 1973. Three years later the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission was created.

A temple was dedicated in St. Paul on 9 January 2000.

Membership reached 26,333 in 2003. In 2005, membership reached 28,042.

Sources: Andrew Jenson, Encyclopedic History of the Church, 1941; Fayone B. Willes, Minnesota Mormons, a History of the Minneapolis Minnesota Stake, 1990; The Church in Minnesota, unpublished, Church Archives; "Minneapolis Stake Organized in North Central States," Church News, 3 December 1960; "5 More Temples for Canada, U.S.," Church News, 15 August 1998; Janet Kruckenberg, "First Temple in the Year 2000," Church News, 15 January 2000.

Stakes — 8

(Listed alphabetically as of Oct. 1, 2009.)

No. / Name / Organized / First President

North America Central Area

1562 / Anoka Minnesota / 20 Oct 1985 / Lyle T Cottle

2192 / Burnsville Minnesota / 28 Apr 1996 / Matthew Artell Smith

1939 / Duluth Minnesota / 9 May 1993 / John G. Hancock

317 / *Minneapolis Minnesota

Minnesota (Minn., Wis.) / 29 Nov 1960 / Delbert F. Wright

2588 / Oakdale Minnesota / 4 Feb 2001 / Evan Anthony Ballard

910 / Rochester Minnesota / 30 Apr 1978 / Lee McNeal Johnson

2826 / St. Cloud Minnesota / 3 May 2009 / Randal Guy Baker

744 / St. Paul Minnesota / 15 Feb 1976 / Thomas Albert Holt

Mission — 1

(As of Oct. 1, 2009; shown with historical number.)


5931 West 96th St.

Bloomington, MN 55438

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