Church Marks A Milestone—1,500 Stakes
    Footnotes

    “Church Marks A Milestone—1,500 Stakes,” Ensign, Jan. 1985, 78

    Church Marks A Milestone—1,500 Stakes

    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.

    Church Marks A Milestone

    1,500 Stakes in 150 Years

    Year

    Number of Stakes

    Location of Stake

    1834

    1

    Kirtland, Ohio

    1928

    100

    Lehi Utah

    1952

    200

    East Sharon (Provo, Utah)

    1960

    300

    Toronto Canada

    1964

    400

    Medford Oregon

    1970

    500

    Fallon Nevada

    1973

    600

    Southampton England

    1975

    700

    Veracruz Mexico

    1977

    800

    Veracruz Mexico Reforma

    1978

    900

    Cedar City Utah North

    1979

    1000

    Nauvoo Illinois

    1980

    1100

    Arica Chile

    1980

    1200

    Hermiston Oregon

    1981

    1300

    McMinnville Oregon

    1983

    1400

    Piura Peru

    1984

    1500

    Caliche Chile