2019 : The Year in Mormonism
Century: 19th/20th/21st
Decade: /2000s/2010s/2020s/2030s/2040s
Year: 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018/2019


The Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo (April 14), Fortaleza Brazil (June 2) and Port-au-Prince Haiti (September 1) Temples are scheduled for dedication this year. The Memphis Tennessee (May 5), Oklahoma City Oklahoma (May 19) and Oakland California (June 16) Temples are scheduled for rededication. Eight temples are being renovated, including the Asunción Paraguay, Baton Rouge Louisiana, Frankfurt Germany, Hamilton New Zealand, Mesa Arizona, Raleigh North Carolina, Tokyo Japan and Washington D.C. Temples. Houses of the Lord under renovation are considered operating temples.


  • 1: Aaronic Priesthood Age Change - First day in history of the church that worthy young men who were 11-years old as of midnight may be ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood. Everyone begins advancing as age groups.
    • Ordinations begin for 11 year old's
    • Youth age 13 can now attend stake youth dances
    • Youth age 13 can now be given ministering assignments.
  • 2 : Statement on the Temple - 1st Presidency announces changes to parts of temple service.
  • 06: Hurricane Utah North Stake - new stake created
  • 06: Pleasant Grove Utah Manila Creek Stake - new stake created
  • 15: 2019 Mutual Theme Concert - On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. (MST), Temple Square Performances will present a concert featuring the music from the 2019 Mutual theme album, If We Love Him. Songs will be performed live by the same young artists who created the album. The concert will be live-streamed from the Tabernacle on Temple Square and afterward made available for viewing on demand.
  • 26: Mormon Battalion Parade and Festival at San Diego Old Town State Historic Park - San Diego CA. Large group of missionaries re-enact historic arrival of the Battalion.
  • 26: St. George East Stake Center Lost in Fire - building was adjacent to the temple.
  • Rome Italy Temple - Open House : 28 January to 16 February 2019.
  • 27: Owerri Nigeria North Stake - new stake created from division of Owerri Nigeria Stake.
  • 31: Book of Mormon Geography: New LDS Gospel Essay Released - [1][2]



  • 01: Russian police arrest two LDS Volunteers - charged with playing games with children - Accused of teaching English without a license while holding a game night at church. Church attorneys are working to get their release.
  • 04: #YouCanDoSomething Campaign Launch - partnership between LDS Charities and
  • 04: State of California Honors LDS Missionaries - major service award given for outstanding service performed at Old Town State Park.
  • 05: WebName Change - Website name change launched in order to emphasize the correct name of the church.
  • 07: Scouting 2020 and Beyond - Does your family plan to still be Scouting in 2020?

    President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome, Italy, on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

  • 09: Pope Invites LDS Prophet to Meeting in the Vatican - another historical first as the leaders of two great Christian Faith's meet together for the first time ever. Historic meeting takes place between President Nelson and Pope Francis, leader of the Roman Catholic Church. "The differences in doctrine are real and they're important," President Nelson said afterward as he stood just outside St. Peter's Square, "but they're not nearly as important as the things we have in common — our concern for human suffering, the importance of religious liberty for all of society, and the importance of building bridges of friendship instead of building walls of segregation." [9][10]

    model of the LDS Rome Italy Temple complex

  • 10: Lima Peru La Campina Stake was organized from a division of the Lima Peru Chorrillos Stake and the Lima Peru San Juan Stake.
  • 10-12 : Rome Italy Temple Dedication - This is believed to be the first time in Church history that all 15 leaders have gathered in one location outside the United States.
  • 12-30 : Kinshasa Congo Temple Open House -
  • 17: Ballesteros Philippines Stake - new stake is the Church's first stake located on the northern shore of the northernmost area of Luzon island.
  • 17: Tab Choir releases new album - “Let Us All Press On: Hymns of Praise and Inspiration” took the top spot on Billboard’s Classical Traditional chart, officials said in a news release issued Thursday. It’s the 13th time that an album from “America’s Choir” has earned the lofty honor.
  • 17: Lima Peru Begonias Stake was organized from a division of the Lima Peru Canto Grande Stake.
  • 17: First District in Caribbean Nation - The Church organized its first district in the Caribbean nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines. The Kingstown St Vincent District was organized from six mission branches that previously were under the direct supervision of the Barbados Bridgetown Mission.
  • 20: Length of LDS Missions to Change - multiple reports of new church missionaries getting mission calls with note to watch General Conference for new announcement on Length of Service in Mission.
  • 21: Church Volunteers Released from Jail in Russia -
  • 22: Church Announces Major Change in Seminary Curriculum - New Plan to Follow Come Follow Me for Book of Mormon Starting January 2020.
  • 24: Ibadan Nigeria North Stake - New Stake - 56th new stake in Nigeria
  • 24: Nsukwa Nigeria District - New District
  • 31 March 2019 : 600th Stake in Utah - The Lehi Utah Holbrook Farms Stake was organized from a division of the Lehi Utah Jordan Willows Stake.


General Conference Edition[]

  • 6-7: 189th Annual General Conference of the Church
  • 04: Change in Baptism Policy - Church to allow baptisms, blessings for children of LGBT parents, updates handbook regarding 'apostasy'
  • 04: First Presidency Messages - The Thursday session of General Conference is for General Authorities, Area Authorities and Auxiliary Leaders of the Church. (More details see here)
  • 06: Elder Elder Peter Johnson, the first African-American general authority of the. He is 52, and was born in New York City, New York. He married Stephanie Lyn Chadwick in 1990. They are the parents of four children.
  • 06: Elder Vai Sikahema, former NFL player of the Green Bay Packers called as Area Authority Seventy.
  • 06: Elder Henry J. Eyring, Son of President Eyring and current president of BYU-Idaho, called as Area Authority Seventy.
  • 07: New Temple Prep Website Announced - Elder Bednar announces a new website for Temple Prep Resources.
  • 07: Eight New Temples Announced - Including First Temples for Hungary and American Samoa.

April News Items[]



In his '10th decade of life,' President Nelson shares 10 spiritual truths at first Pacific tour stop.


  • 02: Forteleza Temple Dedication - Elder Ulisses Soares, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the Fortaleza Brazil Temple in three sessions on Sunday, June 2, 2019.
    • First temple in church history dedicated by an Apostle native born to that country outside of the United States.
    • Also first time all temple dedicatory prayer made in native language (Portuguese) other than English without translation.
  • 13-15/18-22 : Manti Mormon Miracle Pageant - Manti Temple Grounds


  • July 9 - August 3 : Nauvoo Pageant & British Pageant - Each summer, a cast and crew of more than 1,100 volunteers bring the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the United States and England to life in two musical productions—the Nauvoo Pageant and the British Pageant. Both pageants feature scripts based on actual journals and historic records from the 1800s, as well as traditional and original music.
  • 16: New 2020 Church Youth Program Pamphlet - Released online.
  • 21: Pres Nelson Visits NAACP - delivers key address at organization’s 110th annual convention in Detroit: We Don’t Have to be Alike to Love Each Other.




October General Conference[]

    1. Women and children can now serve as witnesses.
    2. Come Follow Me curriculum to be adjusted for Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women.
    3. General Authorities Released and sustained.
    4. More Terminology Changes - "Ward Organizations" instead of "Ward Auxiliaries".
    5. Pres Nelson announces 8 new temples - including two more for Utah and a first temple for Papua New Guinea and Sierra Leone.
    6. New Theme for Young Women introduced -
    7. Young Women classes restricted - More flexibility added. Terms of Beehive, Mia Maid, Laurel and Mutual to be retired.
    8. Young Men classes restructured - Ward Young Men presidencies released. Aaronic Priesthood to be led directly by the bishopric.
    9. Pres Nelson introduces changes to the Temple Interview Questions -
    10. 2020 Announced as Bicentennial Year of the church - Special First Vision Commemoration.
    11. Tabernacle choir organists spotted using electronic hymnals instead of books.

= Other October News items[]

  • 19-October-2019 : Cub Scouts re-enact famed but forgotten 1840s march by the Mormon Battalion. This even was organized by scout leaders from Carlsbad Stake but invited many community packs to join them. 30 Cub Scouts from six North County packs got a living history lesson when they retraced some of the final steps of the battalion’s journey.




  • 02: First Presidency Christmas Devotional
  • 04: Church releases Statement of Support for Refugees -
  • 05: New Church Primary Program Website Launch - The newly updated Primary organization page on provides new information specifically for you. You will find:1) The latest resources for Children and Youth. 2) Resources for lessons, singing time, and nursery. 3) Children and youth protection training. 4) Answers to frequently asked questions about Primary.
  • 08: 2019 Christmas Devotional of the Church - 6PM MST - Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 24 : Logan Temple Vandalism - Police respond to alarm of late night breaking. Doors and paintings inside damaged.
  • 29 : Salt Lake Temple to Close - Four year Renovation plan to start.
  • 31 : Faith in God Final Day - last day for primary children to complete requirements prior to program termination
  • 31 : Young Women's Medallion Final Day - last day for LDS Young Women to complete requirements prior to program termination
  • 31 : LDS-BSA Eagle Scout Final - last day for LDS Young Men to complete requirements under LDS-BSA Registration prior to program termination

See Also[]

2019 New Stake and Districts[]

Stakes and Districts Organized in 2019 [13]

New Stakes[]

  1. Hurricane Utah North Stake - January 6th, 2019
  2. Pleasant Grove Utah Manila Creek Stake - January 6, 2019
  3. Owerri Nigeria North Stake - January 27th, 2019
  4. Mwene-Ditu Democratic Republic of the Congo Stake - February 3rd, 2019
  5. Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Lukunga Stake - February. 10th, 2019
  6. Salt Lake Utah West Stake (Tongan) - February. 10th, 2019
  7. Aiken South Carolina Stake - February 17th, 2019
  8. Hilton Head South Carolina Stake - February. 24th, 2019
  9. Lima Peru La Campina Stake - March 10th, 2019
  10. Ballesteros Philippines Stake - March 17th, 2019
  11. Lima Peru Begonias Stake - March 17th, 2019
  12. Ibadan Nigeria North Stake - March 24th, 2019
  13. Lehi Utah Holbrook Farms Stake - March 31st, 2019
  14. Omaha Nebraska Millard Stake - March 31st, 2019
  15. Calgary Alberta YSA Stake - May 5th, 2019
  16. Camarin Philippines Stake - May 5th, 2019
  17. Chulac Guatemala Stake - May 5th, 2019
  18. Umuahia Nigeria South Stake - May 5th, 2019
  19. Orem Utah 2nd (Tongan) Stake - May 19th, 2019
  20. Baliwag Philippines Stake - May 26th, 2019
  21. Nibley Utah West Stake - June 2nd, 2019
  22. Puebla Mexico Ometoxtla Stake - June 2nd, 2019
  23. Tierra del Fuego Argentina Stake - June 2nd, 2019
  24. Batangas Philippines Stake - June 9th, 2019
  25. Ribeirao Preto Brazil South Stake- June 9th, 2019
  26. Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Duarte Stake - Jun 9th
  27. Gardenersville Liberia Stake - June 16th, 2019
  28. Lima Peru Miramar Stake - June 16th, 2019
  29. Tarapoto Peru Stake - June 16th, 2019
  30. Abuja Nigeria Wuse Stake- June 23rd, 2019
  31. Iriga Philippines Stake - June 23rd, 2019
  32. Orion Philippines Stake - June 23rd, 2019
  33. Ocala Florida Stake - June 30th, 2019
  34. Lima Peru Naranjal Stake - June 30th, 2019
  35. Ibague Colombia Stake - August 4th, 2019
  36. Veracruz Mexico Puerto Stake - August 4th, 2019
  37. Lima Peru Santa Clara Stake - August 11th, 2019
  38. Winneba Ghana Stake - August 11th, 2019
  39. Fortaleza Brazil Lisboa Stake - August 25th, 2019
  40. Little Elm Texas Stake - August 25th, 2019
  41. Central Valley Utah Stake - August 25th, 2019
  42. Iba Philippines Stake- September 1st, 2019
  43. Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa Guatemala Stake - September 8, 2019
  44. Austin Texas West Stake - September 15th, 2019
  45. Bo Sierra Leone East Stake - September 15th, 2019
  46. Gadsden Alabama Stake - September 22nd, 2019
  47. Kolwezi Democratic Republic of the Congo Stake - September 22nd, 2019
  48. Matola Mozambique Stake - September 22nd, 2019
  49. Piracicaba Brazil Rezende Stake - October 13th, 2019
  50. Chiclayo Peru Federico Villarreal Stake - 10/13/2019
  51. Riverena Australia Stake - October 20th, 2019
  52. Sao Paulo Brazil Sapopemba Stake - October. 27th, 2019
  53. Akwa Nigeria Stake - November 24th, 2019
  54. Herriman Utah Towne Center Stake - November. 24th, 2019
  55. Kenema Sierra Leone Stake- November 24th, 2019
  56. Paita Peru Stake - December 1st, 2019
  57. Lubao Philippines Stake - December 8th, 2019
  58. Malandji Democratic Republic of the Congo Stake - December 8th, 2019
  59. Faaa Tahiti Takaroa Stake - December 15th, 2019

new Districts[]

  1. Masaka Uganda - January 6th, 2019
  2. Busia Uganda/Kenya - January 13th, 2019
  3. Gboko Nigeria - January 20th, 2019
  4. Man Cote d'Ivoire - January 27th, 2019
  5. Araripina Brazil - February 24th, 2019
  6. Duekoue Cote d'Ivoire - February 24th, 2019
  7. Kingston St Vincent - March 17th, 2019
  8. Nsukwa Nigeria - March 31st, 2019
  9. Kitale Kenya - April 9th, 2019
  10. Axim Ghana - April 21st, 2019
  11. Danané Cote d'Ivoire - April 28th, 2019
  12. Southern Kiribati - June 11th, 2019
  13. Gulu Uganda - June 16th, 2019
  14. Kisumu Kenya - June 16th, 2019
  15. Newfoundland and Labrador - June 16th, 2019
  16. Sapele Nigeria - June 16th, 2019
  17. Issia Cote d'Ivoire - July 21st, 2019
  18. Bori Nigeria - August 18th, 2019
  19. Quezon Philippines Palawan - September. 29th, 2019
  20. Sinfra Cote d'Ivoire - October 27th, 2019
  21. Chimoio Mozambique - December 15th, 2019

Stakes and Districts Discontinued in 2019[]


  1. Santiago Chile Gran Avenida
  2. Santiago Chile Las Araucarias
  3. Santiago Chile O'Higgins
  4. Pingtung Taiwan
  5. Torrance California


  1. Pierre South Dakota
  2. Moscow Russia North
  3. Guaranda Ecuador
  4. Rocha Uruguay
  5. Puntarenas Costa Rica
  6. Pedro Carbo Ecuador
  7. Clorinda Argentina


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