The Church in Canada—Alberta
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    “The Church in Canada—Alberta,” New Era, June 2009, 39

    The Church in Canada—Alberta

    Latter-day Saint railway crews from Utah first became familiar with Alberta when laying track for the Canadian Pacific Railway as early as 1883. In 1886, a church leader from Utah explored southern Alberta, looking for a suitable place to colonize. In 1887, he left with a small advance party and started a settlement that later became Cardston, where a ward was organized the next year.

    The Alberta Stake was created in 1895, the Taylor Stake in 1903, and the Lethbridge Stake in 1921. By 1914, more than 10,000 Latter-day Saints lived in the vicinity. In 1913, ground was broken in Cardston for the Alberta Temple, which was dedicated in 1923. A second temple, the Edmonton Alberta Temple, was dedicated in December of 1999.

    Here are a few facts about the Church today in Alberta:

    Membership

    73,630

    Missions

    2

    Temples

    2

    Wards and Branches

    205

    Family History Centers

    34

    Above: Group portrait of members in Canada featuring President Heber J. Grant.

    Left: Cardston Alberta Temple.