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Published: Friday, June 1 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Red Corvette--

Wow. Did not know that. Just to help me out here, so I have some reputable source when I pass this info along, where did you get your info?

Or, wait--are you just funnin' with us? You just makin' this stuff up?

Brigham City, UT

LVIS: Red Corvette is the brother in charge of church census records in Asia and surrounding areas. Didn't you know that?

OC Fan
Orange County, CA

I live in a stake with only 2,000 members, and many of them "are not even active," as Red Corvette might like to point out (while busy demonstrating in his comment how little he understands), but we're still a vibrant stake - as the stake in India will be. The dynamics of the stake are dictated by the active members. An objective person, with a modicum of knowledge about the members in India, would recognize that it's not out of desperation that the Hyderabad Stake was formed. Red Corvette should read the story of the blind men of Hyderabad to be able to get the whole picture.

Maricopa, AZ

redvette, thanks for following the DN from your busy life in Sacramento.
Another slow day in the fast food biz?

If you knew anything about the church organizing a stake, there has to be sufficient numbers for it to go from a district to a stake.
And those numbers must consist of sufficient active membership to be able organize and staff each ward as they decide how to best divide the stake into wards.

This is a huge step for the church in India and the potential there is incredible.
Very exciting to see.

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

Red Corvette: You really need to understand how stakes and wards are formed before you start passing out lies and such.

Everything that I just suggested is based on active membership not total membership in an area. The other is based upon active Melchizdek Priesthood holders. There must be sufficient activity to warrant a stake versus a districk and a ward versus a branch. Until you understand this you will never understand that a stake signifies growth in an area just as a ward signifies the same thing.

Do you have a majic ball to tell you how much is active or are you basing it on statistics that only 33% are active. Fact is the activity rate overseas is higher than the activity rate in the United States. The activity rate is higher in Utah than outside of Utah in the United States.

Before spilling hatred and misinformation I suggest you get your facts straight first.

American Fork, UT

Tough place to call something a stake.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

This is wonderful news! I couldn't be happier about it.

For a time I had a friend from Hyderabad who lived here. We talked about some differences and similarities between Hinduism and the beliefs of the LDS Church, about cultural differences, and of course the movies! What right-minded Indian wouldn't talk about films? lol, I only kid, but everyone I've known from India just lives film and I enjoy that with them. I may not enjoy Bollywood, but I could drown everything in a good curry. Yum!

Anyway, there are members there and they love the Gospel and the joy it brings. Whether it's 10,000 or 20,000 or 10 people only- members are members and their love of God, family, and the Book of Mormon is something to find joy in. Not all of us will, but that shouldn't stop those of us who want to from welcoming this news.

Yay for India! Welcome, welcome, Welcome to the stakes of Zion!

Orange County, CA

No tougher a place than American Fork, although historically too tough for a Hutterite community. Thriving in American Fork?

Vancouver, WA

Hey Red, how's the economy doing in Sacramento? By how much did the California state budget deficit grow today?

Such good news! Glad to see the Church growing in many diverse places!

Salt Lake City, UT

@Red Corvette
"10,000 members in all of India? Shows just how desperate the church is to create a stake there, "

Uh, I think most stakes only average about 4,000 members. If anything this would be overdue.

Portland, Oregon

Very cool. Line upon line, precept upon precept. The Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is new to many South and Southeast Asian peoples, but just as a small stream will eventually change a mountain into a plain, then into a valley, so too will the truth work its way into the hearts of those eager to listen with their hearts, minds and spirits.

no comment
New Orleans, LA

I lived for a year in Bangalore, and my branch there had just as much competent leadership as my ward in SLC. The average attendance was around 150-200, clearly big enough to be a ward, but since no stake, no wards.

There are 3 branches in Bangalore, and 5 in Hyderabad. If those 5 branches are anything like my branch in Bangalore, there will be a strong stake there.

FYI: Not mentioned in the article: A couple of years ago the church announced the start of construction of the first stakecenter in India, and that 5 more just like it would be under construction within a year..

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT


That was my thought exactly. Whatever one's feelings are, according to the numbers of most stakes- this seems more overdue than premature.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

The field is ready to harvest... Anyone? Anyone? lol

Provo, UT

Actually, it is relatively easy to baptize "untouchables". The more elite castes, such as the Brahmin, are not likely to join the Church.

Hayden, ID

You haven’t seen anything yet in Asia! Wait a few more years, the growth of the church there will be astounding!

Spanish Fork, UT

I wonder how it feels to stand in front of a stone rapidly rolling toward you, and whining to try and stop it. Thankfully, I've been blessed to be behind the stone and enjoying the great peace, joy and fellowship of so many great people. Seeing this happen in India is terrific. As a child our military family lived in small branches in Alameda, CA, Spokane, Dayton, San Antonio, Frankfurt, Germany; then to the Chicago area, and then Omaha. Again, all small branches. Today, there are stakes and temples in everyone of those places. Amazing growth and the goodness that follows.

Provo, UT

I am so excited to hear that. I served my mission there and it's fantastic news. There are so many wonderful members there and it shows the strength of the church continuing to flourish in India. Go India!

Woods Cross, UT

Red Corvette,

The Church can't build a temple until cohort of leadership is developed that can serve as sealers, workers, etc. There is also the Geographic issue. 10,000 members in a nation the size of India is still fairly scattered. The Church will need several stakes and supporting personnel in a single region of India to maintain a temple. It will come in time.

Champaign, IL

I attended a sacrament meeting in Hyderabad a few years ago when I was there for a conference, and it was one of the most inspirational meetings I've been to. The members there were very mature, and I left feeling like I ought to have been taking notes.

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