A new stake has been created in São Paulo, Brazil. The São Paulo Brazil Ferreira Stake was organized two weeks ago from the São Paulo Brazil Taboão Stake and includes five wards: Ferreira, Giovanni Gronchi, Jardim das Palmas, Jardim Maria Rosa, and Vila Andrade. There are now 76 stakes in São Paulo State and 241 stakes in Brazil. The increase in the number of stakes has been strong in the city of São Paulo in recent years as 11 new stakes have been organized since 2004.
Two new stakes were recently organized in Utah, the Layton Utah Legacy Stake and the Lehi Utah YSA Stake. There are now 550 stakes in Utah.
A couple weeks ago the Manama Bahrain Stake was renamed the Abu Dhabi Stake and divided to create the Manama Bahrain District. The Abu Dhabi Stake includes four wards and two branches in the United Arab Emirates, two wards in Qatar, a branch in in Kuwait, and a branch in Oman whereas the Manama Bahrain District includes the Bahrain Branch and several branches in Saudi Arabia. Church growth has been consistent in the Saudi Arabian Peninsula as indicated by strong congregational growth rates over the past decade. Prospects may be forthcoming for a small LDS in the United Arab Emirates due to greater religious freedom and tolerance for Christian groups like Latter-day Saints and sizeable, stabilizing LDS populations in the region.
A new district has been organized in the Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission. The Valle Verde Honduras District includes at least three branches in the mountainous terrain east of Tegucigalpa which were formerly mission branches (Moroceli, Ojo de Agua, and Villa San Francisco). There are now 20 stakes and seven districts in Honduras.