The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alaska

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The Anchorage Alaska LDS Temple

As of December 31, 2011, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported 32,464 members in seven stakes,[1] 81 congregations (52 wards[2] and 29 branches[2]), one mission, and one temple in Alaska.[3] (A branch in Whitehorse, Yukon is part of the Juneau Alaska Stake)


A brief history can be found at LDS Newsroom (Alaska) or Deseret News 2010 Church Almanac - Alaska

Membership History[edit]

Year LDS Membership
1941 300
1961 3,051
1970 6,744
1980 14,414
1990 21,410
1999 25,340
2011 32,175


There are 7 stakes and 1 district in Alaska.

This makes 8 stakes.

Stake Organized
Anchorage Alaska August 13, 1961
Anchorage Alaska Chugach November 24, 2002
Anchorage Alaska North September 17, 1978
Fairbanks Alaska May 27, 1979
Juneau Alaska October 8, 1995
Soldotna Alaska December 9, 1984
Wasilla Alaska November 13, 1983

The Anchorage Alaska Bush District is the only district in Alaska.


The first two missionaries arrived in Juneau in 1913 where they worked for a few weeks. The next missionaries, Elders Heber J. Meeks, Alvin Englestead, James Judd, and Lowell T. Plowman arrived in Alaska in 1928, under the direction of President William R. Sloan of the Northwestern States Mission.[4] From then on, there have been missionaries in Alaska.

Alaska has been part of several missions. Alaska was part of the Northwestern States until 1941, when the Western Canadian was organized. In 1960, the Alaska-Canadian Mission was organized. It was renamed the Alaska-British Columbia Mission in 1970. On October 15, 1974, the Alaska Anchorage Mission was organized - being the first mission to be based in the state.

Mission Serving Alaska Effective Date
Northwestern States 1913
Western Canadian September 15, 1941
Alaska-Canadian Mission November 21, 1960
Alaska-British Columbia Mission June 10, 1970
Alaska Anchorage Mission October 15, 1974


On January 9, 1999 the Anchorage Alaska Temple was dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley. After remodeling, President Hinckley rededicated the temple on February 8, 2004.

Anchorage Alaska Temple by artchase.jpg

54. Anchorage Alaska edit


Anchorage, Alaska, US
4 October 1997
9 January 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley
8 February 2004 by Gordon B. Hinckley
61°6′5.857200″N 149°50′25.84319″W / 61.10162700000°N 149.8405119972°W / 61.10162700000; -149.8405119972 (Anchorage Alaska Temple)
11,937 sq ft (1,109 m2) and 71 ft (22 m) high on a 5.4 acre (2.2 ha) site
Classic modern, single-spire design - designed by McCool, Carlson & Green Architects and Church A&E Services


  1. ^ Alaska Stakes.LDS Stake & Ward Web Sites. List of Stakes in Alaska.
  2. ^ a b LDS Meetinghouse Locator.Nearby Congregations (Wards and Branches).
  3. ^ "Facts and Statistics: Statistics by Country: USA-Alaska", Newsroom, LDS Church, December 31, 2011 
  4. ^ Walther, Barbara Jean. The History of the Mormons in Alaska

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