A new stake was organized in Rio de Janeiro. The Rio de Janeiro Brazil Engenho de Dentro Stake was organized from the Rio de Janeiro Brazil and Rio de Janeiro Brazil Andaraí Stakes. Compared to other Brazilian cities, few new stakes have been organized in Rio de Janeiro over the past decade as only two new stakes were organized between 2000 and 2010 (Rio de Janeiro Brazil Itaguaí Stake in 2005 and the Arsenal Brazil Stake in 2009). Rio de Janeiro is one of the cities with the most stakes without a temple currently. There are now ten LDS stakes in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and 242 stakes in Brazil. Congregational growth rates have been very slow so far in 2011 for Brazil compared to previous years.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
A new stake will be created in the interior of the DR Congo in Luputa this month. The Luputa DR Congo Stake will be organized from the Luputa DR Congo District and will become the most recently organized district to become a stake in the LDS Church at present as the district was initially organized in 2006 with four branches. At present the district has ten branches and it is unclear how many of the branches will become wards. Last month another district in the country in Kananga became a stake with six wards and two branches. There are now nine stakes in the DR Congo and the likelihood of additional stake organizations appears highly likely in the coming months and years.
The second LDS stake to be organized in over a decade in El Salvador was created a week ago. The Sonzacate El Salvador Stake was organized from the Sonsonate El Salvador Stake and includes the following six wards and one branch: The Armenia, El Angel, Izalco, La Ponderosa, Nahuilingo, and Sonzacate Wards and the San Julian Branch. The Sonsonate El Salvador Stake now has six wards. There are now 18 stakes and two districts in El Salvador. Also this summer the El Salvador San Salvador West Mission will be relocated to Santa Ana.
The third LDS district in Vanuatu was recently organized. The Malakula Vanuatu District was organized from the Luganville Vanuatu District and includes the following six branches on the island of Malakula: The Litslits, Lowni, Pinalum, Tulewei, Uripiv, and Wala Branches. Prospects for the organization of additional districts is highly likely, especially for the islands of Ambae (five branches) and Tanna (four branches).