• FKA: Alabama Stake
  • 1st Stake of the Church in Alabama
  • 452nd Stake of the Church

Stake History

A historical account of the state’s first stake was compiled into a book, Huntsville Alabama Stake, Building Zion in the South, which can be ordered on Amazon.

1968 Alabama's First Stake Founded

In the spring of 1968, the Alabama Stake, later renamed the Huntsville Alabama Stake, was assembled by Elder Harold B. Lee, who became the 11th President of the Church four years later.

50th Anniversary

On March 3 hundreds of Latter-day Saints gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alabama’s first organized stake.

In 1967 Archie and June Garrard moved their family to Huntsville and were instrumental in supporting the Church’s growth in northern Alabama. At 93 years old, Archie was honored Saturday as the oldest member of the stake. This year in June, the Garrards will be celebrating 70 years of marriage. June shared, “As we watched the Church blossom and grow in Alabama, we watched our children grow too.” The Garrards have six children and 109 family members total.

2020 New Stake Presidency

HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA STAKE: (Sept. 20, 2020) President — Jeffrey Blake Cazier, 48, Huntsville Anesthesiology Consultants physician anesthesiologist; succeeding Stephen W. Vaughan; wife, Laura Malinda Chappell Cazier. Counselors — Brent Reed Zitting, 56, Northrop Grumman agile HW lead and tech fellow; wife, Milagros del Pilar Braun Zitting. Aaron Edward Biggs, 49, Compass Homes Alabama chief financial officer; wife, Ann Marie Jerde Biggs.[1]

Alabama 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 Utah's largest Family History online Encyclopedia.

5. Local Recreation:

Birmingham Alabama Temple


Alabama's only temple, the Birmingham Alabama Temple is located north of Birmingham, resting on a tree-covered hillside just east of I-65. The grounds of the temple are handsomely landscaped, featuring numerous mature trees and shrubs. At Christmastime, Nativity-themed statues are added to the lawn and floodlighted at night.

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