When converts join the Church, the new vocabulary takes some time to master. But where did all these unusual terms come from? Here’s the origin of 13 commonly used terms unique to the LDS Church.
The word “stake” refers to an administrative unit in the Church comprised of several wards located near each other geographically.
Branches, which are the smallest organized Church congregations, were known initially as “churches” (as referenced in D&C 24:3, for example).