The Gosford stake (diocese) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was created on Sunday, May 17.
The head office of the new stake will be located at Wyoming. Mr S Gifford Nielson, a member of the Pacifi c area presidency of the church, presided at a conference at Avondale College Church in Cooranbong. Australian church leader, Mr Johnny Leota accompanied Mr Nielson at the conference. Around 2,600 church members and guests participated in the conference either in person or via webcast from locations around the region. Mr Conrad Dunn was appointed president of the church in the Gosford area. The church’s Normanhurst and Toronto wards have been moved into its Gosford stake. Due to rapid expansion of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the Central Coast, the new Gosford Australia Stake [diocese] was formed based in Gosford by visiting general authorities from the Church Headquarters in Utah, USA. The new Stake is based in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) building, Pacifi c Hwy, Wyoming. The new leaders called to guide the new Stake are all local members of the Central Coast LDS Church community. The new Stake incorporates the LDS Church congregations of Ourimbah, Gosford, Toukley, Tuggerah and Toronto and also includes the northern Sydney congregation of Normanhurst. The new Stake caters for many new members plus members moving with their families to the Central Coast for better opportunities and lifestyle. A total of 2,600 church members attended the recent formation conference at the Avondale College Conference Centre, Cooranbong to support the formation of the new Stake. The Church anticipates further growth on the Coast through its Missionary endeavours and expansion of the four Church buildings is to be considered in the future.
Media release, 8 June 2015 Warren Meyer, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints