Stake History[]

President Gifford Nielsen[]

Gifford Nielsen remained in Provo and attended Brigham Young University, where he was an All-American quarterback for the Cougars under head coach LaVell Edwards. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994. Nielsen was selected in the third round of the 1978 NFL Draft (73rd overall) by the Houston Oilers, the team with which he spent his entire NFL career, six seasons as a part-time quarterback. From 1984 to 1987, he served as a color commentator on Oilers radio broadcasts. Nielsen was the Sports Director at CBS affiliate KHOU in Houston from 1984 to 2009.

Nielsen has served in the LDS Church in many capacities, including elders quorum president, bishop, president of the Houston Texas South Stake, mission president's counselor, and area seventy. He was released as an area seventy on April 6, 2013, and called as a general authority and member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. Among his assignments, Nielsen served for a time in the presidency of the church's Pacific Area. Since August 2019, Nielsen has been the president of the church's North America Central Area. [1][2]

2020 New Stake Presidency[]

HOUSTON TEXAS SOUTH STAKE: (June 21, 2020) President — Travis Richard Bird, 44, Reach Product Solutions chief financial officer; succeeding David F. Hruska; wife, Heidi Sonntag Bird. Counselors — Edwin Alexander Cisneros, 42, Accenture managing director; wife, Amy Rebecca Luce Cisneros. Larry Michael Kennington, 53, Callon Petroleum Company, Associate general counsel; wife, Jennifer Michelle Hintze Kennington.[3]

Texas Home Centered Church Opportunities[]

We teach that true religion begins in the home: "Home Centered / Church Supported". To that end families may consider the following local resources and programs to strengthen your core beliefs and values:

1. Come Follow Me: - Daily & Weekly family gospel study
2. Vanguard Scouting: - Featuring age-appropriate Family Activities, Service, Crafts, Field Trips, & Outdoor Adventures. The Benefits of Scouting are many, and there are lots of personal growth ideas to help your family pursue the new Churchwide Children & Youth Program.
3. LIFE School Curriculum: an LDS gospel based homeschool program that is built on the foundation of the scriptures, giving the child a sense of who he is and setting him on the path of discovering his divine mission. It is presented in a four year chronological rotation, integrating all areas of study to create a clear picture of the history of our world.
4. Family History: Resources to help you explore your family tree

    • Mormon Pioneers - 200+ stories of early faithful Latter-day Saint pioneers.
    • Familypedia - Come help build Texas' largest Family History online Encyclopedia.

5. Stripling Warriors on Facebook - LDS Children preparing to build Zion across Texas and around the world.
6. Local Recreation:

Houston Texas Temple[]


Houston Texas Temple is the second temple of the church for Texas. Originally dedicated in 2000, it was closed after the damaging floods of Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. It has seen been refurbished and rededicated for service to the Lord.