The Puyallup Washington Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sustained a new stake presidency on Feb. 17.
Michael S. Nelson of Lake Tapps, was called as the stake president, replacing Larry D. Steveson of Sumner in the leadership position.
The stake presidency consists of the president and two counselors. The new first counselor is Robert Scheidt of Milton and the new second counselor is J.R. Jacobsen of Sumner, replacing Ken Matthews of Puyallup and Rod Widing of Edgewood.
The stake president serves for approximately nine years and presides over seven wards. Wards are local congregations within a geographical boundary. The Puyallup Washington Stake has three wards in Bonney Lake, two in Puyallup, one in Sumner and another in Edgewood/Milton, totaling some 3,600 members.
Like all Mormon church callings, the stake president serves voluntarily without monetary pay from the church. However, it does require time and dedication—translating to about 25-30 hours per week, mostly evenings and weekends. This is in addition to his day job. Those hours are spent serving and ministering to the members of the church.
Nelson plans to continue the involvement in the community as in the past, while preparing to celebrate some milestones in the coming years. The year 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of when the Puyallup Stake was organized. The celebration is set for spring 2014.
The Puyallup Stake also plans to remodel and expand the community Family History Center currently located at the Puyallup Stake Center in Sumner. The Family History Center is open to the public and provides access to Family Search and other historical records. Trained family history consultants staff the center to help people with their personal genealogy.