A new bishopric is serving in the Delta Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Morgan Yost is the new bishop, with counselors Tyler Schumacher and Paul Shean, all of Delta.
President Nicolas Taylor of the Montrose Colorado Stake presided at the proceedings on Feb. 17, held in the chapel at 1679 Pioneer Road in Delta. Other leaders and local members of the church were also present.
Bishop Yost replaces Christian Johnson who served as bishop of Delta Ward since 2014.
A bishopric is an unpaid volunteer ministry and serves 15-30 hours per week typically for a period of five years. They are primarily responsible for ensuring that the spiritual and temporal needs of the congregation are met.
"I am honored to serve the people of Delta in this capacity," said Bishop Yost. "I look forward to providing hope in a sometimes troubling world by helping others increase their faith in Jesus Christ."
Nearly 500 members of the church reside in Delta Ward, which is one of 11 congregations in the Montrose Stake. The stake includes approximately 4,000 members in the cities and surrounding areas of Cedaredge, Delta, Gunnison, Hotchkiss, Montrose, Paonia, Naturita, Norwood, Nucla, Olathe, Ouray and Telluride.
The term "stake" is derived from Old Testament tent imagery in which the "tent," or church, is held up by supporting stakes (Isaiah 33:20; 54:2).
The church presently has over 16 million members in 30,500 congregations speaking at least 188 languages worldwide. (ldsnewsroom.org)
Members of the church and friends meet together frequently for spiritual instruction and social enrichment. Church services in Delta Ward are 9 to 11 a.m. every Sunday. Visitors are welcome to attend Sabbath Day meetings and weekday activities.