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A closer look: One Hillsborough church

© St. Petersburg Times
published June 8, 2002

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tampa Stake

LOCATION: 4106 Fletcher Ave. E, Tampa, 249-4900, extension 1544.

SERVICES AND PROGRAMS: A Sunday sacrament meeting for all ages begins at 9 a.m. and is followed by Sunday school at 10 a.m., which is divided by age groups. Relief Society (women's meeting), Priesthood (men's meeting) and Primary (children's meetings) are offered at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Boy Scout meetings take place every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., as does an activity for young men or young women. The LDS church also encourages families to participate in Family Home Evening, an individual family activity night each Monday.

HISTORY: The church was organized in Fayette, N.Y., on April 6, 1830, under the leadership of Joseph Smith. The church has grown throughout the world and now has more than 11-million members. The Tampa Stake was started more than 40 years ago and now meets in several buildings throughout the Tampa Bay area. A new stake center is currently under construction and is scheduled to open at the end of June.

LEADERSHIP: The church president, Gregory Williams, is an attorney in the Tampa area and has served as stake president for the past nine years. He has two counselors: president Kenneth French and president Keith Higley. All church leaders serve on a volunteer basis.

RECENT SERMON TOPIC OR THEME: The importance of an eternal family.

MEMBERSHIP: About 2,000.

NOTABLES: The Tampa Stake has a Family History Center, which is free of charge to the public. The history center provides resources for genealogical research and is connected to other centers throughout the world.

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