A new young single adult (YSA) stake has been organized in Utah. The Alpine Utah YSA Stake was created for YSA units in the Alpine area and became Utah's 55th YSA stake. There are now 556 stakes in Utah.
A new stake has been created in Venezuela. The San Cristobal Venezuela Pirineos Stake was created from a division of the San Cristobal Venezuela Stake and includes five wards and one branch. The San Cristobal Venezuela Stake at present also has five wards and one branch. Congregational growth and the maturation of branches into wards has occurred rapidly in San Cristobal as a year ago there were only five wards and five branches in the stake. Since the departure of North American missionaries in 2005 membership and congregational growth rates have plummeted in Venezuela but several new stakes have been organized recently as branches have become wards and a few new wards have been organized. There are now 32 stakes and 8 branches in Venezuela.
A new district was organized in East Malaysia. The Bintulu East Malaysia District was created from a division of the Miri East Malaysia District and includes three branches in Bintulu. The district in Miri currently includes two branches and two groups. It is unusual for a new district to be organized from a preexisting district and the original district retaining only two branches. This may indicate that additional branches will be organized in Miri in the near future. The growth of the number of LDS districts in East Malaysia has been rapid since 2000 as districts were organized in Kuching (2003), Miri (2008), and Sibu (2009). There are no seven districts in East Malaysia and none appear close to becoming stakes within the near future.
Papua New Guinea
A new district has been organized in Suki, Papua New Guinea from a single branch that once pertained to the Daru Papua New Guinea District (which became a stake a couple Sundays ago). Four additional branches were organized from the Suki Branch: The Kiru, Eniawa, Pukaduka, and Sapuka Branches. Phenomenal, unprecedented congregational growth has occurred in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea since late 2010 when the Sogere Papua New Guinea District was organized from a single branch that has divided into nine branches at present. There are now two stakes and nine districts in Papua New Guinea.