“Church Marks A Milestone—1,500 Stakes,” Ensign, Jan. 1985, 78
Antofagasta, Chile, is a mining and fishing city located in an arid land where almost nothing grows. Yet the Church is growing well there, as evidenced by the organization of the Caliche Chile Stake—the 1,500th to be organized in the Church—on 4 November 1984.
The Caliche Chile Stake was created through a division of the Antofagasta Chile Stake. Located about seven hundred miles north of Santiago, Antofagasta is situated in an area where there was no city at all 150 years ago, when the Church’s first stake was organized.
The Caliche stake is another milestone in the rapid growth of the Church. The Kirtland Ohio Stake was organized in 1834. It was 136 years before the 500th stake was organized, in Fallon, Nevada, in 1970. Nine years later, the Church marked the 1000th stake milestone when the Nauvoo Illinois Stake was organized. And now, just over five years later, the Church has added another 500 stakes.
Presiding over the organization of the Caliche Chile Stake was Elder A. Theodore Tuttle, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and president of the South America South Area.
The members in the Caliche area are “really grateful for the gospel, which gives them spiritual answers to socio-economic problems,” Elder Tuttle commented. “The thing that is really critical in their lives now,” he said, “is the spiritual strength that comes from the scriptures and covenants and priesthood.”
Ricardo Palma Fuentes was called as president of the new stake. Called to preside over the reorganized Antofagasta stake was Alleman Rivera Arredondo.
1,500 Stakes in 150 Years
Number of Stakes
Location of Stake
East Sharon (Provo, Utah)
Veracruz Mexico Reforma
Cedar City Utah North