Six new stakes, including the second in North Dakota, the third in Fiji and the fifth in New Jersey, have been created. Other new stakes have been formed in Colombia, and in Colorado and Utah.
The Bismarck North Dakota Stake has been created by Elder Hugh W. Pinnock of the Seventy. The new stake includes the Bismarck, Minot 1st, and 2nd and Williston wards, and the Bullhead, Dickinson, Dunseith, Fort Yates, McLaughlin, New Town and Wakpala branches,The Lautoka Fiji Stake, which includes the Ba, Lautoka 1st and 2nd, Nadi and Tavua wards, and the Rakiraki, Sigatoka and Vatutu branches, has been created by Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve.
The North Logan Utah Green Canyon Stake has also been created by Elder Perry. The new stake includes the North Logan 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 10th and 11th wards.
The Medellin Colombia Belen Stake, which includes the Asturias, Belen, Buenos Aires, Envigado and Floresta wards, and the Guayabal and Robledo branches, has been created by Elder Julio E. Davila of the Seventy.
The Parker Colorado Stake, which includes the Castle Rock, Castlewood Canyon, Elizabeth, Parker, Plum Creek Valley and Ponderosa wards, has been created by Elder Earl C. Tingey of the Presidency of the Seventy.
The Scotch Plains New Jersey Stake has been created by Elder Lance B. Wickman of the Seventy. It includes the Elizabeth 1st, Irvington, Newark, Scotch Plains, and Short Hills wards, and the Elizabeth 2nd, Ironbound, Perth Amboy 1st and 2nd, and Plainfield branches.
Elsewhere, stakes have been reorganized in British Columbia and in Colorado, Nevada and Utah.
BISMARCK NORTH DAKOTA STAKE: (Sept. 22, 1996) Created from the Bismarck North Dakota District. President – Richard Arthur Adsero, 45, maintenance engineering manager for Falkirk Mining Co.; wife, Laila Brakvatne Adsero. Counselors – Michael P. Kelly, 46, high school chemistry teacher; wife, Diana Marie Theige Kelly. Guy R. Schiessl, 39, U.S. Air Force master sergeant; wife, Karen Elizabeth Swanson Schiessel.
LAUTOKA FIJI STAKE: (Aug. 11, 1996) Created from the Lautoka Fiji District. President – Jone Sovasova, 57, member of board of directors for Fiji Sugar Corp. Ltd.; wife, Wati Seini Sovasova. Counselors – Hari Ram, credit controller for Fiji Times Ltd.; wife, Suman Lata Kumaa Ram. Atunaisa Qabale, 55, union organizer for Public Employees Union; wife, Vakalohoma Finau Qabale.
NORTH LOGAN UTAH GREEN CANYON STAKE: (Sept. 22, 1996) Created from the North Logan Utah Stake. President – Jerry A. Wilson, 53, instructor at Logan Institute; wife, Kathleen Williams Wilson. Counselors – Phil H. Mitchell, 46, assistant vice president and branch manager of Zions Mortgage; wife, Colette Stott Mitchell. Steven S. Larsen, 49, dentist; wife, Jeanne Rae Coburn Larsen.
MEDELLIN COLOMBIA BELEN STAKE: (July 14, 1996) Created from the Medellin Colombia Stake and the Medellin Colombia Belen District. President – Harold Christian Cruz A., 34, representative for cardiovascular line for Bristol Myers Squibb Laboratories; wife, Luz Helena Santos J. de Cruz. Counselors – Eduardo Enrique Pastrana O., 38, physician; wife, Elsi Margarita Reyes M. de Pastrana. Mario Antonio Cuartas A., 32, sales coordinator for Caruajal S.A.; wife, Liliana Maria Speulveda R. de Cuartas.
PARKER COLORADO STAKE: (Sept. 15, 1996) Created from the Willow Creek Colorado Stake. President – W. Kenneth Thiess, 55, partner in the Flagship Group; wife, Nancy Kay Wilcox Thiess. Counselors – David R. Smith, 37, regional sales manager for 3Com Corp.; wife, Misti Lee Northrop Smith. Robert Derald Miller, 45, vice president of quality and productivity for Gates Rubber Co.; wife, Margo Gean Kotter Miller.
SCOTCH PLAINS NEW JERSEY STAKE: (Sept. 15, 1996) Created from the Caldwell New Jersey and Morristown New Jersey stakes. President – A. Kim Smith, 43, vice president of Goldman Sachs & Co.; wife, Julie Elaine Brown Smith. Counselors – Robert C. Pinkerton, 52, assistant vice president for Ambassador Construction; wife, Linda Diane Hubbard Pinkerton. Jaime R. Rivera, 35, mixing operator for Permacel; wife, Judith Elizabeth Rivera.
AURORA COLORADO STAKE: (Sept. 22, 1996) President – Paul B. Allen, 42, leasing director for Seven Hills Plaza; succeeding David M. Berrett; wife, Jacqueline Westover Allen. Counselors – C. Malcolm Hunt, 42, claims approver/adjuster for United Healthcare; wife, Michele Sherron Jones Hunt. Michael Spencer Pierce, 48, secretary/treasurer for Ice Dreams Inc. Baskin-Robbins; wife, Laura Jean DeGrey Pierce.
CRANBROOK BRITISH COLUMBIA STAKE: (Sept. 8, 1996) President – Raymond Luke Kitt, 46, high school teacher; succeeding Edward Royden Orth; wife, Bunnie Pearce Kitt. Counselors – Mark Percy Ryan, 34, commercial banker for Royal Bank of Canada; wife, Mary Boyes Ryan. Marlin C. Larsen, retained.
FALLON NEVADA STAKE: (Sept. 8, 1996) President – Ralph A. Young, 43, owner and managing partner for Young Bros.; succeeding Franklin Brent Wadsworth; wife, Patricia Ann Soares Young. Counselors – Bruce L. Hendrix, 40, self–employed businessman; wife, Jeanne Workman Hendrix. Craig Leroy Schank, 42, veterinarian; wife, Debra Leah Mathews Schank.
NORTH LOGAN UTAH STAKE: (Sept. 22, 1996) President – David H. Luthy, 53, professor and associate dean of the College of Business at Utah State University; succeeding Terry Barthell Griffin; wife, Karen Beth Christensen Luthy. Counselors – Lyman B. Stevens, 54, physician anesthesiologist; wife, Kathryn Belle Keller Stevens. James S. Stephenson, 37, teacher and adult education supervisor for Cache County School District; wife, Anna Marie Ivie Stephenson.
WASHINGTON TERRACE UTAH STAKE: (Sept. 22, 1996) President – Lionel H. Evans, 60, delivery driver for Felt Auto; succeeding M. Jack Hodges; wife, Ivy Arlene Potter Evans. Counselors – Steven Frank Minster, 52, owner of Precision Structures; wife, Peggy Lee Allen Minster. Brent Eugene Lund, 49, high school teacher and athletic director; wife, Margaret Ranson Lund.
WILLOW CREEK COLORADO STAKE: (Sept. 15, 1996) President – Dennis C. Brimhall, 48, president and chief executive officer at University of Colorado Hospital; succeeding William Kenneth Thiess; wife, Linda Christensen Brimhall. Counselors – D. Abbott Jenkins II, 46, bank officer for CoBank; wife, Paula Leigh Smith Jenkins. Steven L. Harris, 50, account manager for Michelin North America Tire Co.; wife, Kristine Kimball Harris.