New district in Mexico
A couple weeks ago a new district was organized in the Mexican state of Sonora. The Puerto Penasco Mexico District was organized from the Caborca Mexico District and includes two branches in Puerto Penasco and the Sonoita Branch. There are now 222 stakes and 35 districts in Mexico.
Preparations underway for opening Gabon to missionary work
The mission president of the Democratic Republic of Congo Kinshasa Mission has begun making preparations for the opening of Gabon to missionary work. Gabon has never had an LDS presence and is officially assigned to the Africa Southeast Area. Recently an area branch was organized for Gabon and members meet in few numbers in Libreville for church meetings. Missionaries report that some members from Cote d'Ivoire have immigrated to Gabon and are facilitating the establishment of an official church presence. Gabon will likely be officially assigned to the mission in Kinshasa and in the near future will likely be included in the creation of a prospective mission in Cameroon which could also administer the Central African Republic and Equatorial Guinea.
Cities no longer to open for missionary work in Sierra Leone
Missionaries serving in the Sierra Leone Freetown Mission report that plans have been postponed for opening Makeni and Moyamba for missionary work due to an increased emphasis on districts in Freetown and Bo becoming stakes in the near future with the assistance of full-time missionaries.
100 LDS congregations in the DR Congo
The DR Congo has become the fourth African country to have over 100 LDS congregations. Congregational growth rates remain strong and new units are organized on nearly a monthly basis.
2010 LDS membership statistics not yet released
The Church has not yet released country-by-country membership statistics for 2010. These statistics are often published within the first few weeks after General Conference in April and I will provide a thorough analysis once they become available.