The Anchorage Alaska Bush District was discontinued and the seven branches were reorganized under the Anchorage Alaska , Anchorage Alaska Chugach , and Anchorage Alaska North Stakes. The district was created in 1979 and has stood out among the districts of the Church due to its remoteness and challenges. Members living in the same congregations have sometimes never met due to large distances between members' homes and video or telephone conferences are routine. Members residing in the former district now have the benefits of living within the boundaries of a stake which include the ordination of high priests, a patriarch, greater independence from mission leadership, and increased responsibility for temple and missionary work. It is unclear which branches will be assigned to each stake, but some of the larger branches may become wards in the coming years as they belong to a stake.
There are now 1,452 stakes and 11 districts in the United States.