Wards and Branches of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Parowan Stake, Utah

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Utah Church Records go to Washington County Church Records go to Parowan Stake, Utah LDS Church Wards and Branches

This page includes the boundaries of wards and branches as of about 1930, a timeline history, and how to obtain the records.

Source used for this page: Template:UTChurchLDSJensonsBeg p.642-643.Template:UTChurchLDSJensonsEnd

Parowan Stake, 1930[edit | edit source]

Stake boundaries as of about 1930
See Encyclopedic History..., p. 642-643.[1]

  • Area of the County: Iron County and and small part of Washington County.
  • Headquarters in: Cedar City, Utah
  • Boundaries of stake:

Consists of the Latter-day Saints residing in Iron County, and a small part of Washington County, Utah. Most of the saints constituting the Parowan Stake reside in the east part of the country adjacent to the Wasatch Mountains. From this range a number of creeks issue forth, which are used for irrigation purposes by the inhabitants in the different settlements. An important part of the stake is the so-called Little Salt Lake Valley, with its salt lake, which is well known to the people of southern Utah.

History Timeline up to about 1930

  • 1851 - Parowan, the first settlement in Iron County, was founded in January, 1851.
  • 1877 - Organization of a permanent stake of Zion in July, 1877.
  • 1878 - Parowan Stake of Zion was more fully organized on March 24, 1878.
  • 1919 - Headquarters of Parowan Stake was moved from Parowan to Cedar City.

This timeline (arranged by year) includes events that affected records, record-keeping, and movements of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in this area.

Other History Resources
Many wards or branches appointed members to compile a history. Copies may be in the ward library or in homes of members. Some contain biographical sketches of members of the ward at the time of compilation.

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Wards and Branches[edit | edit source]

Harmony, Pinto.

Harmony Ward[edit | edit source]

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 316-317 .[2]


Consists of the Latter-day Saints residing in the town of Harmony, which is pleasantly situated on the north side of Ash Creek, on a fine level tract of country which slopes gently towards the south and Ash Creek, while the northeast extremity of the Pine Valley Mountains rise majestically southwest of the settlement about a mile distant. The town lies in a large cove, there being mountains on the south and north, and only six miles west of the main Wasatch Range. The farming land around Harmony is plentiful, but water for irrigation purposes scarce. The place is healthy and produces good grain and all kinds of fruits of the hardier sorts. Harmony is ten miles southwest of Kanarra, 21 miles by nearest road southwest of Cedar City, and 42 miles northeast of St. George.

History timeline

  • 1852 - Fort built on Ash Creek called Harmony in December.
  • 1853 - Settlement temporarily abandoned because of Indian difficulties.
  • 1854 - Fort Harmony was built when settlers returned.It served as a branch.
  • 1862 - Fort Harmony was washed away.
  • 1864 - Harmony Branch was led by a presiding Elder.
  • 1867 - Harmony Branch was detached from Cedar City Ward and was organized as a separate ward called Harmony on August 20.

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Pinto Ward[edit | edit source]

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 656-657.[3]


Consisted of the Latter-day Saints residing in the village of Pinto and the smaller village of Hamblin in the Mountain Meadows. The village of Pluto is situated in a narrow valley on Pinto Creek extending from southeast to northwest and is about 1 1/2 miles wide. Pinto is six miles west of Hamblin, 13 1/2 miles northeast of Pine Valley, 15 miles west of Harmony, 42 miles northeast of St. George by nearest road, 28 miles southwest of Cedar City, and 302 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. Pinto Creek rises in the Pine Valley Mountains about six miles southwest of the Rim of the Basin.

History timeline

  • 1856 - Area of Pinto Creek settled in the fall.
  • 1859 - Pinto was more fully organized as a branch of the Church on July 17.
  • 1867 - Pinto Branch was organized as Pinto Ward on Jully 11.
  • 1916 - Pinto Ward organization was discontinued, most of the settlers having moved to the new location known as Newcastle.
  • 1930 - Only two families occupied the old townsite of Pinto, one belonging the the Newcastle Ward and the other to the Cedar 1st Ward, both wards being in Iron County.

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References[edit | edit source]