Two new stakes have been created, in Japan and Massachusetts.
The Asahikawa Japan Stake, which includes the Asahikawa 1st and 2nd, Sapporo Higashi, Shinkotoni and Shinoro wards, and the Iwamizawa, Shibetsu, Takikawa and Wakkanai branches, has been created by Elder L. Lionel Kendrick of the Seventy.The Cambridge Massachusetts Stake, which includes the Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge 1st and 5th, Cambridge University, Lynnfield, Revere 1st (Spanish) and Revere 2nd wards, and the Cambridge 2nd (Spanish), Cambridge 4th (Portuguese), and Lynn (Spanish) branches, has been created by Elder Loren C. Dunn of the Seventy.
Elsewhere, stakes have been reorganized in Brazil and Kiribati, and in Alabama, Illinois, Louisiana and Massachusetts.
ASAHIKAWA JAPAN STAKE: (Sept. 20, 1998) Created from the Sapporo Japan and Sapporo Japan West stakes and the Kushiro Japan District. President – Katsuo Fuji, 53, branch manager of Nissho Propane & Gas; wife, Miyoko Hatazawa Fuji. Counselors – Katsuyuki Iwayama, 44, manager of Kodensha Co.; wife, Naoe Aida Iwayama. Yasuo Takasugi, 55, representative of Takasugi Electric; wife, Eiko Ichijo Takasugi.
CAMBRIDGE MASSACHUSETTS STAKE: (Oct. 18, 1998) Created from the Boston Massachusetts and Springfield Massachusetts stakes. President – Lloyd S Baird, 53, professor at Boston University; wife, Coleen Hansen Baird. Counselors – Steven Charles Wheelwright, 55, senior associate dean and professor at Harvard Business School; wife, Margaret Steele Wheelwright. Lee Roy LaPierre, 46, engineer for General Electric Co.; wife, Dorothy Lilynn Muzzy LaPierre.
BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS STAKE: (Oct. 18, 1998) President – Kenneth G. Hutchins Jr., retained. Counselors – Maurice D. Hiers Jr., 47, vice president of sales for Matrix-One; wife, Charlene Jones Hiers. Allan J. Jennings, 47, vice president of engineering for Ascend Communications; wife, Judith Ann Edwards Jennings.
MARILIA BRAZIL STAKE: (Oct. 18, 1998) President – Sebastiao Henrique Neto, 42, Church Educational System coordinator, succeeding Celso Rodriguez Garcia; wife, Maria Angelica Simoes Neto. Counselors – Antonio Da Silva, 42, maintenance and repairman of equipment for Escola Senai Maribo; wife, Maria Genoveva Taiete Silva. Luiz Franciso, 49, chief electrician for Prefeitura M. Marilia; wife, Cicera da Silva Franciso.
MOBILE ALABAMA STAKE: (Oct. 25, 1998) President – Marvin Myers Johnson, 60, science supervisor for Mobile County Public School System, succeeding James Norman Cowart; wife, Rebecca Jean Reaves Johnson. Counselors – Brett Michael Asquith, 40, facility manager for Church Physical Facilities; wife, Teresa Gail Trussell Asquith. Barry Wayne Giles, 38, fire medic and driver for Mobile Fire Rescue Department and industrial coordinator at University of South Alabama; wife, Meredith Layne Constantine Giles.
NAPERVILLE ILLINOIS STAKE: (Oct. 25, 1998) President – James D. Jorgensen, 50, senior scientist for Argonne National Laboratory, succeeding William E. Kettley; wife, Ramona Gurr Jorgensen. Counselors – Carl A. Blackham, 46, agribusiness team leader for Harris Trust & Savings Bank; wife, Elaine Allred Blackham. Noel L. Blonquist, 51, franchise service manager for Century 21 Real Estate; wife, Ursula Ruth Strangfield Blonquist.
SAO PAULO BRAZIL CAMPO LIMPO STAKE: (Oct. 18, 1998) President – Liugi Sato, 43, coordinator of human resources for Church Area Office, succeeding Dejanir Hadleek De Castro; wife, Teresinha Mitiko Araki de Sato. Counselors – Claudio Alves de Souza, 57, maintenance supervisor for Deseret Association; wife, Sonia Cristina Garcia Ribeiro de Souza. Jorge De Castro Alves, 31, systems engineer for Symantec of Brazil; wife, Claudia de Souza Castro de Alves.
SHREVEPORT LOUISIANA STAKE: (Sept. 20, 1998) President – C. Brent Merrill, 49, manager of Cardio Pulmonary Department at Bossier Medical Center and owner of Merrill Enterprises LLC, succeeding Ron
ald Terry Brookner; wife, Deborah Lynn McWhorter Merrill. Counselors – Allen Nymphas Watson, 44, owner of McDonald's Franchises; wife, Penny Poulsen Watson. William Fred Barrow II, 44, president and chief executive officer of DeSoto Regional Health System; wife, LaRetta Aldridge Barrow.
SPRINGFIELD MASSACHUSETTS STAKE: (Oct. 18, 1998) President – Guy B. Beacom, 48, attorney, succeeding J. Kevin Schmidt; wife, Martha A. Macdonald Beacom. Counselors – Serge A. Martinez, 55, physician and administrator for Kaiser Permanente; wife, Linda Elizabeth Wolfe Martinez. John T. Riley, 54, president and owner of Riley Insurance Agency Inc.; wife, Ellen Catharine McCloskey Riley.
TARAWA KIRIBATI STAKE: (Oct. 18, 1998) President – Levita Lamese, 34, high school principal for Church Educational System, succeeding, Atunibeia Tokanimata Motoo; wife, Rose Maeri Lamese. Counselors – Teakai Baareta Tune, 33, assistant secretary to the cabinet for the Government of Kiribati; wife, Rena Tioobu Tune. Tiene Karina, 33, computer specialist for Church Educational System; wife, Tiareta Maoriti Tibou Karina.