New leaders were announced last week for the Savai’i Samoa Pu’apu’a Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Elder O. Vincent Haleck, president of the Pacific Area of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made the announcement in Pu’apu’a on Sunday 29 January.
The new stake leaders are Fetauai Tiatia, Moe Etuale Masoe and Ailepata Mauga.
Congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are organized geographically and members attend worship services near their home.
Each member belongs to a stake, which is similar to a Catholic diocese. The leader of a stake is called the stake president.
The word stake is taken from Old Testament tent imagery in which the “tent,” or church, is held up by supporting stakes (see Isaiah 54:2).
Each stake is comprised of several smaller congregations called wards or branches. There are usually 5 to 12 wards and branches in a stake. In areas where the Church is new, members are organized into districts instead of stakes.
The substantial time and effort required to administer a stake and meet the needs of the members is carried out by the members themselves. Most members are asked by local leaders to contribute in specific capacities. Duties include local administrative, teaching or service-oriented positions. These responsibilities are changed on a regular basis, according to the needs of the congregation.