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This page includes the boundaries of wards and branches around 1930's, a timeline history, and how to obtain the records.

Source for this page: Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p.772-773.

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San Juan Stake

Stake boundaries as of about 1930
See Encyclopedic History..., p. 772-773.[1]

  • Area of the County:All of San Juan County and part of Grand County, Utah
  • Headquarters in (town): Blanding, UT

San Juan Stake of Zion consists of the Latter-day Saints residing in San Juan and Grand counties, Utah, with headquarters at Blanding. The stake, in 1930, consisted of only three organized bishop’s wards, namely, Blanding, Monticello and Moab.


History Timeline up to about 1930

  • 1855 - The first attempt made by Latter-day Saints to colonize in that part of Utah now included in the San Juan Stake of Zion took place in 1855, when the authorities of the Church called a number of missionaries, mostly from Manti, Sanpete Co., to locate a settlement among the Indians in the beautiful little valley in which Moab is now situated. This mission, known in the history of the Church as the Elk Mountain Mission, left Manti May 21, 1855, and arrived on the present site of Moab June 12, 1855.
  • 1883 - Organized into the San Juan Stake of Zion Sept. 23.

This timeline (arranged by year) includes events that affected records, record-keeping, and movements of Mormons in this area.


Other History Resources
Many wards or branches appointed members to compile a history. Copies may be in the ward library or in homes of members. Some contain biographical sketches of members of the ward at the time of compilation.

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Wards and Branches

Blanding, Monticello and Moab

Blanding Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 71-72.[2]

Boundaries: Blanding Ward, San Juan Stake, San Juan Co., Utah, consists of the Latter-day Saints residing on a stretch of cedar-covered highland lying north of the San Juan River, 25 miles north of Bluff, 22 miles south of Moab, and 125 miles southeast of Thompson Springs, the nearest railroad station on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. By wagon road and railroad Blanding is 342 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

History timeline

  • 1904 - Presiding Elder in the new settlement (named Grayson) from 1904 to 1908.
  • 1908 - Grayson Branch organized as the Grayson Ward, July 19, 1908.
  • 1916 - The name of the settlement was changed from Grayson to Blanding; Grayson became the Blanding Ward.


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 Monticello Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 527-528.[3]

Boundaries:
Monticello Ward, San Juan Stake, San Juan Co., Utah, consists of the Latter-day Saints residing in the town of Monticello, and the neighboring village of Verdure, the former situated on North Montezuma Creek, and the latter on South Montezuma Creek. 

History timeline

  • 1887 - The settlement of Monticello founded by Latter-day Saints. After 1887, the settlers on South Montezuma Creek organized as the Verdure Branch.
  • 1888 - Name of Monticello given to settlement.
  • 1890 - LDS meeting house erected and on Aug. 25 the Monticello Ward organized.


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Moab Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 520-521.[4]

Boundaries:

Moab Ward, San Juan Stake, Grand Co., Utah, consists of the Latter-day Saints residing in Grand Valley situated on the Colorado River, formerly Grand River.

History timeline

  • 1855 - Establishment of the Elk Mountain Mission by Latter-day Saint missionaries. That mission met with disaster and was broken up.
  • 1880 - Latter-day Saints again entered the valley and founded the present settlement of Moab.
  • 1881 - The saints residing in Moab or Grand Valley were organized as a ward Feb. 15.

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References

  1. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 772-773.
  2. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 71-72.
  3. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 527-528.
  4. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 520-521.

 

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