Sunday, May 8, 2011
First LDS Stake in Russia to be Organized in Moscow on June 5th, 2011
LDS missionaries serving in the Russia Moscow Mission report that First Presidency approval has just been granted for the first stake to be organized in Russia in Moscow on June 5th, 2011. The new stake will be organized from the Moscow Russia District which currently has ten branches. The LDS Church has worked for over a decade to establish stakes in several of Russia's largest cities, but recurrent local leadership development challenges, poor convert retention rates, and low member activity rates have prevented the establishment of stakes until present. Many active young single adults and other members have relocated to Moscow from other areas in recent years and have strengthened branches in the city. Missionaries report that Saratov, Russia will be the most likely city to have Russia's second stake in the coming years. For more information about the LDS Church in Russia, please refer to the country profile for Russia written by me and David Stewart.