News Item: 3RD MISSION FORMED IN UTAH; FIRST OF 1989
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3RD MISSION FORMED IN UTAH; FIRST OF 1989
LDS Church News: 1/14/1989
(Note: this is old news, but for historical reasons I thought some might find it interesting.)
A new mission has been created in Utah, making a total of three in the state, the First Presidency announced.
The three missions will be headquartered in Ogden, Salt Lake City, and Provo, corresponding to the Utah North, Utah Central and Utah South areas. In addition to Utah, the missions will include parts of Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado.The Utah Provo Mission is considered the new unit, and will begin operation Jan. 20, according to the Missionary Department.
Pres. E. Widtsoe Shumway, president of the former Utah North Mission, will move his headquarters from near Temple Square in Salt Lake City to Ogden to preside over the Utah Ogden Mission. Pres. V. Dallas Merrell, president of the former Utah South Mission, will stay in the same offices in the Ft. Union area of Sandy and preside over the Utah Salt Lake City Mission. Called as president of the Utah Provo Mission is George E. Magnusson. (See biography on page 5.)
The new mission, the first organized in 1989, brings the total number in the Church to 222. Twelve missions were organized in 1987, and 16 in 1988. The Utah missions have had consistent success in convert baptisms, said mission leaders.
Within the boundaries of the Utah Ogden North Mission live 390,000 members in 121 stakes, including nine in Idaho, 104 in Utah, and eight in Wyoming. In addition to the cities in the mission, the area includes many square miles of rural and agricultural areas among mountain ranges and high valleys. The mission has a total population of about 550,000.
Most of the area was settled by LDS colonists in the 1800s, beginning with a settlement in Ogden in 1848, and Brigham City in 1849. Ranches, small industry, oil, education and government are primary means of employment. Important sites in the mission include the Logan and Ogden temples and many historic pioneer tabernacles.
The Utah Salt Lake Mission is primarily made up of three counties in Utah: Salt Lake, Tooele, and Summit Counties. However, parts of neighboring counties in outlying areas have been included for the convenience of members in those areas. Within the mission boundaries are 139 stakes and a population of 742,400, of whom 525,000 are members. Trade, government, services, and manufacturing top the list of occupations. One of North America's largest open pit copper mines is located in the mission, southwest of Salt Lake City.
Within the mission is the population center of the Wasatch Front, situated in the valley between the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountains, and extending over the wilderness areas in the Rocky Mountains eastward of the Wasatch range. It also includes much of the sparsely populated western Utah desert. Pioneers arrived in the Great Basin in 1847, and founded Tooele in 1849.
Within the mission are Church headquarters, Temple Square and the Salt Lake Temple, the Church Administration and Office buildings, the Family History Library, museum, and the Jordan River Temple. Most of the General Authorities live in Salt Lake City.
The Utah Provo Mission has 137 stakes and a member population of 409,000, and includes parts of Nevada, Arizona and Colorado. About 552,000 people live in the mission that includes many important Church sites. Among them are Brigham Young University, the Missionary Training Center, and the Provo, Manti and St. George temples.
The mission straddles the mountainous Wasatch plateau, and is laced with rivers and lakes. Within the area are five national parks, four national monuments, and many forests and state parks. The area is a large producer of beef and dairy products, and has large deposits of minerals and fuels.
The first settlers arrived in Provo in March, 1849, and a company of pioneers arrived in the area that is now Manti in November of the same year.
Cedar City and St. George were colonized in 1861 and became centers of commerce in southern Utah.
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