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By Rosemary Pollock

New Puyallup Stake Center Shows LDS Growth

PUYALLUP, WASHINGTON -- One of the fastest-growing communities in the Northwest is home to a burgeoning Mormon population that provides good citizens and a large volunteer force of hard working church members to the community. In response to the growth, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently completed a new 16,558-square-foot, $2.9 million building at 8615 176th Street East that will be the home to an additional 1,000 Church members.

Bruce Uhl, Puyallup community relations coordinator said, "I can thoroughly depend on them when we have an emergency." A flood that struck Puyallup a few years ago found Councilman Ken Martin, a member of The Church, answering a call to help. "When I needed people to sandbag, I called Ken, and 50 to 100 people came," Uhl said.

Church members often participate in community service events that regularly include cleaning parks, cemeteries and painting City Hall," Uhl said. A year ago, Ballou Junior High School was struck by fire. The Church offered space for classes and stored the school band equipment.

"We have quite a communication line that moves real fast," said Spencer Dunn, president of Puyalllup Washington South Stake. "We want to be good citizens of the community." Puyallup Washington South Stake has about 4,000 members and the Mormon population is growing at an annual rate of about 5 to 6 percent across the nation.

"One is, we have new people coming to the church," Dunn said. "Also, members who are in other areas are moving into the area. People like the communities of South Hill and Puyallup," Dunn said. South Stake also has church buildings on 94th Avenue East in South Hill and on 224th Street East in Graham. There are plans to build another building in Eatonville next year. The communities will be well cared for with their ever increasing force of Church members.


Rapidly growing Mormon community opens new church
Tacoma WA News Tribune 2Jun01 D1
By Eijiro Kawada: The News Tribune


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