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Utah Stake

The Utah Stake was administrative unit of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which was formed in Provo on March 19, 1851 by Brigham Young.  This entity administered over several wards throughout Utah County. (Wards are ecclesiastical units of the Church—similar to a parish). Early records refer to the Stake in several different ways including "Provo Stake" and the "Stake of Zion in Utah Valley." The first Stake president was Isaac Higbee with counselors John Blackburn and Thomas Willis. The first wards in this stake were Provo, Evansville (Lehi), American Fork, Pleasant Grove, Springville, Spanish Fork, and Peteetneet (Payson).  During the following year three more wards or branches were added: Santaquin, Palmyra, and Mountainville (Alpine).

On July 17-18, 1852 the Stake was reorganized with a new Stake presidency and the creation of four wards in Provo. The new Stake president was George A. Smith with counselors Isaac Higbee and Dominicus Carter.  The four Provo wards with their new bishops were the First Ward with Jonathan O. Duke, the Second Ward with James Bird, the Third Ward with Elias H. Blackburn, and the Fourth Ward with William M. Wall.

Utah Stake

Date Stake President 1st Counselor 2nd Counselor
19 Mar 1851 Isaac Higbee John Blackburn Thomas Willis
17-18 Jul 1852 A. Smith Isaac Higbee Dominicus Carter
7 Apr 1854? Isaac Higbee    
6 Apr 1855 James C. Snow Dominicus Carter James N. Jones
1858 Dominicus Carter (acting)    James N. Jones
17 Jul 1860 William Miller George W. Bean Isaac Bullock
9 Feb 1868 Abraham O. Smoot William Miller Elijah F. Sheets
4 Jun 1877 Abraham O. Smoot Davd John Harvey H. Cluff
15 Jan 1893 Abraham O. Smoot David John Edward Partridge

21 Apr 1895

Edward Partridge David John Reed Smoot
15 Apr 1900 Edward Partridge David John Stephen L. Chipman

On January 13, 1901 the Utah Stake was split into three Stakes creating the Alpine Stake and the Nebo Stake. The Utah Stake retained the four Provo Wards, Lake View Ward, Pleasant View Ward, four Springville Wards, Mapleton, Timpanogos, Vineyard, and the Pleasant Valley Wards.

Utah Stake

Date Stake President 1st Counselor 2nd Counselor
13 Jan 1901 David John Joseph B. Keeler Lafayette Holbrook
19 Apr 1908 Joseph B. Keeler Lafayette Holbrook J. William Knight
29 Oct 1911 Joseph B. Keeler J. William Knight Amos N. Merrill
26 Oct 1919 Thomas N. Taylor J. William Knight Simon P. Eggertsen

On November 23, 1924 the Stake was split once again, this time separating off the four Springville Wards, Mapleton, Thistle, and Soldier Summit to form the Kolob Stake.

Five years later Utah Stake was divided once again on September 14-15, 1929. The wards of Edgemont, Grand View, Lake View, Pleasant View, Timpanogos, and Vineyard were split off from Utah Stake to form the Sharon Stake. This left Utah Stake with the Provo First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Bonneville, Pioneer, and Manavu Wards.

Utah Stake

Date  Stake President 1st Counselor 2nd Counselor
2-3 Sep 1933 Thomas N. Taylor Christen Jensen W. Monroe Paxman

On February 19, 1939 the Utah Stake was divided resulting in two stakes for Provo: the Utah Stake and the Provo Stake.

Utah Stake

Date Stake President 1st Counselor 2nd Counselor
19 Feb 1939 Royal J. Murdock Herald R. Clark Leon Newren
21 Oct 1945 Victor J. Bird John F. Mower Da Costa Clark
18 Aug 1946 Victor J. Bird John F. Mower Fred L. Markham

 The Utah Stake included the Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, and Pioneer Wards.

Provo Stake

Date Stake President 1st Counselor 2nd Counselor
19 Feb 1939 Charles E. Rowan Jr. Andrew Jensen Antone K. Romney

The newly formed Provo Stake comprised the First, Fifth, Bonneville, and Manavu wards.

The Provo Stake was split once again on April 13, 1947. This created the East Provo Stake.

Provo Stake

Date Stake President 1st Counselor 2nd Counselor
13 Apr 1947 Charles E. Rowan Jr. Lee Valentine Orrin H. Jackson

Remaining in the Provo Stake were the First, Fifth, Seventh, Tenth, and Manavu Wards.

East Provo Stake

Date Stake President 1st Counselor 2nd Counselor
13 Apr 1947 Golden L. Woolf Hilton A. Robertson Leland M. Perry

East Provo took in had been the Bonneville, Eighth, and Ninth Wards.

The following month, on May 4, 1947, the Utah Stake was split once again creating the West Utah Stake.

Utah Stake

Date Stake President 1st Counselor 2nd Counselor
4 May 1947 Victor J. Bird Fred L. Markham Terry J. Oldroyd

 The Third, Fourth, Sixth, Park, and University Wards remained in the Utah Stake.

West Utah Stake

Date Stake President 1st Counselor 2nd Counselor
4 May 1947 J. Earl Lewis James F. Paramore Leonard R. Braithwaite

The new Stake was formed from the Second, Eleventh, Pioneer, Rivergrove,  and Sunset wards.

So by 1950 the Utah Stake which once comprised all of Utah Valley had shrunk geographically to cover a portion of central Provo. Provo itself now contained three stakes.

 


Source: N. La Verl Christensen, Provo's Two Tabernacles and the People Who Built Them (Provo, Utah: The Provo East Stake, 1983), p. 17-33.

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