The first new stake of 2009 was created last Sunday in the city of Belo Horizonte, located in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. The Belo Horizonte Brazil East Stake was likely created from the existing stakes in the city. There are now five stakes in the Belo Horizonte metropolitan area. The last new stake created in Belo Horizonte was the Belo Hortizonte Brazil Pampulha Stake back in 2000.
The Church has not grown as quickly in the state of Minas Gerais as it has in other states of Brazil. There are two missions which serve Minas Gerais' population of 20 million as well as nine stakes and eight districts.
There are now 224 stakes in Brazil