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The rising population in the midwest, has also brought a welcome change to a religion that was once very small in North Dakota.

Emily Medalen takes us to the auditorium with more on the story.

Today, they have more than doubled in size with 6,700, and this called for their stake, which is similar to a diocese, to be split in 2.

Timothy Cox is the new president of the Bismarck stake, and says this change will help leaders in the church get to know members in their area.

(Timothy Cox, State President of Bismarck Stake) "It's just hard to be able to get out and serve and do that work with that many members. So by splitting it, we're able to provide an effective response."

(Mary Heit, Former President of Bismarck Stake) "We're trying to get to know the people, so that we can better minister to their needs."

With the influx of people in North Dakota, rising numbers for the Church of Latter Day Saints is expected.

But the large change in such a small amount of time is shocking those who have been here their entire lives.

(Mary Heit, Former President of Bismarck Stake) "That has been just amazing. When I first started attending this church it was just one small branch, but it has grown fantastically."

(Timothy Cox, State President of Bismarck Stake) "They're good, strong people - and faithful - that I think will make a great contribution to the communities."

So today, 1600 members of the church came together today to celebrate the big step with past and present leaders.

(Mary Heit, Former President of Bismarck Stake) "You know, I've been to the auditorium here in town for many reasons, but never for this. And so it was just fantastic to see that large of a group of church members in one location."

Now with 700 Mormons and a new stake president in Minot, their future looks bright.

In Minot, Emily Medalen, KX News. 

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