Sharon Stake, Utah LDS Church Wards and Branches

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Sharon Stake (now the Orem Utah Sharon Stake) was created in 1929 from the northern part of Utah Stake as settlement accelerated on the bench lands north of Provo, including Orem and what is now northern Provo. Twenty-five stakes now exist in this area.

Stake Boundaries

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 789.[1]

  • 1929: Orem and what is now northern Provo.
    • North: a line formed by Geneva Road (Orem 1600 N) from Utah Lake to what is now 1200 W, thence south to Provo Canyon Road (Orem 800 N), thence east to what is now Orem 800 E, thence north to what is now Orem 1200 N, thence east to the mountains. Sharon Stake also included all of Provo Canyon to the Wasatch County boundary.[2]
    • South: Provo City limits (Provo River in west, approximately 1000 N to the east)
    • East: mountains
    • West: Utah Lake
  • Headquarters in: Timpanogos Ward, the center of which is five miles northwest of Provo and 42 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

History Timeline

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

  • 19 March 1851: Utah Stake included all of Utah County, even though there were few if any settlers in this area.
  • 5 June 1877: Provo 5th Ward (later renamed Lake View Ward) was the first ward organized in the area of the future Sharon Stake.
  • 15 September 1929: Sharon Stake was created by a division of Utah Stake.

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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

As of 1929:

Edgemont Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 215-216 .[3]

Boundaries:

Edgemont Ward, Sharon Stake, Utah Co., Utah, embraces a tract of country lying north of Provo; its location near the mountains suggested the name. It extends west and north to the Provo River and east to the Wasatch Mountains, including some families living in Provo Canyon; south it extends to the Pleasant View Ward of which it originally formed a part.

History timeline:

  • 1926 - The Edgemont Ward was organized on March 28.

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Grand View Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 294-295.[4]

Boundaries:

Grand View Ward, Sharon Stake, embraces a tract of country in Utah County, Utah, lying north of the Provo River, or northwest of the center of Provo. It extends northward to the Timpanogos Ward, east and south to the Provo River, which forms the boundary, and west the ward extends to the Lake View Ward, or to the Salt Lake and Utah Railroad track (Orem Line).


History timeline

  • 1912 - Grand View became an independent branch. Previously, it had been a branch of the said ward named Grand View.
  • 1921 - Grand View Ward was organized by taking parts of the Provo 3rd Ward and strips of the Timpanogos and Lake View wards.

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Lake View Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 411-412.[5]

Boundaries:

Lake View Ward, Sharon Stake, consists of the Latter-day Saints residing in a farming district lying west of Provo, Utah Co., Utah, including a strip of country extending north and south about four miles, and east and west about two miles. Northward the ward extends to the Vineyard Ward, east to the Timpanogos and Grand View wards, south to the Provo River, and west to the Utah Lake. The name Lake View was undoubtedly suggested by the fact that a most excellent view is had from the higher lands in the ward over the Utah Lake and a large portion of the beautiful Utah Valley.

History timeline

  • 1855 - Area settled at the mouth of the Provo River.
  • 1855-1856 - Fish caught at the mouth of the Provo River fed hundreds of people whose crops had been destroyed by grasshoppers.
  • 1877 - When the Utah Stake of Zion was reorganized in June, the Provo 5th Ward was organized. Its name was later changed to Lake View Ward.

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Pleasant View Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 665-666.[6]

Boundaries:

Pleasant View Ward, Sharon Stake, Utah Co., Utah, consists of the Latter-day Saints residing in a district of country lying northeast of Provo, in which nearly all the people live in a scattered condition on their respective farms. The ward extends west and north to the Provo River, east to the mountains, representing a strip of country about 1 1/2 miles wide.


History timeline

  • 1850 - That part of Utah Valley now included in the Pleasant View Ward was first settled when the early settlers of Provo took up farms as far up the river as the mouth of Provo Canyon.
  • 1852 - Organization of a bishop's ward, originally known as the Provo 5th Ward.
  • 1853 - Provo 5th Ward was disorganized due to Indian troubles.
  • 1891 - The Pleasant View Ward was organized on January 18.

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Sharon Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 790.[7]

Boundaries:

Sharon Ward, Sharon Stake, Utah Co., Utah, consists of the Latter-day Saints residing on that part of the Provo Bench which extends north to the Windsor Ward in the Timpanogos Stake, east to the Provo River (which separates it from Edgemont Ward), south to the Timpanogos Ward, and west to Vineyard Ward.

History timeline

  • 1911 -Sharon Ward was organized on November 19, when that part of the Provo Bench, now included in the Sharon Ward, formerly belonged to the Timpanogos Ward, but as the population on the Provo Bench increased, it was deemed advisable to divide the Timpanogos Ward and create a new ward of the north part of the same.

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Timpanogos Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 877.[8]

Boundaries:

Timpanogos Ward, Sharon Stake, Utah Co., Utah, consists of the Latter-day Saints residing on the Provo Bench, and extends north to the Sharon Ward, east to the Provo River, south about 1 1/2 miles to Grand View Ward, and west to Lake View and Vineyard wards.


History timeline

  • 1883 - Provo Bench Branch was organized on September 16, under the direction of the Provo 3rd Ward.
  • 1885 - Provo Bench Branch was organized into a ward on November 8.The name of the ward was Timpanogos Ward.

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Vineyard Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 915.[9]

Boundaries:

Vineyard Ward, Sharon Stake, Utah Co., Utah, includes a farming district bounded on the north by the Windsor Ward of the Timpanogos Stake, east by the Sharon and Timpanogos wards, south by the Lake View Ward, and west by the Utah Lake.


History timeline

  • 1899 - Vineyard Ward was organized on December 24. It was an outgrowth of the Lake View Ward.

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References

  1. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 789.
  2. Journal History of the LDS Church, 8/7/1913
  3. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 215-216 .
  4. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 294-295.
  5. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 411-412.
  6. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 665-666.
  7. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 790.
  8. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 877.
  9. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 915.


Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p.789.

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