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LDS Church drops 'student' wards, stakes for 'YSA' units

April 15, 2011
source: Deseret News

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Fifty-five years after it created its first student wards and stakes at BYU, the LDS Church is doing away with its "student" unit designation.

And in its place are newly formed "young single adult" wards and stakes throughout Utah as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reorganizes, realigns and renames its congregational units for Mormons ages 18 to 30.

 The reorganization: Gone are the single student wards and stakes and the designated young single adult wards and branches in the conventional home stakes, being replaced by general, all-encompassing young single adult wards and stakes for any Latter-day Saint — student or not — in the 18-to-30 age group. And the average YSA ward, or congregation, will average between 100 and 150 members, with a YSA stake typically comprised of a half-dozen to 10 wards. Many student and current YSA wards try to have similar membership numbers, although some are larger.

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