New branch in Cambodia
For the first time since 2004 a new Khmer-speaking LDS branch was organized in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Teuk Thla Branch was created in the Phnom Penh Cambodia North District, becoming the sixth branch in the district. The Phnom Penh Cambodia South District has seven branches whereas the Vietnamese district has only three branches. LDS missionaries report that the Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission may baptize as many as 1,000 converts this year. Church attendance numbers appear to have increased in many LDS congregations in Cambodia but low convert retention remains a serious challenge which appears to be the primary obstacle in preventing the creation of the nation's first stake. Currently Cambodia is the nation with the most Latter-day Saints without a stake. There are now 25 branches and five districts in the LDS Church in Cambodia.
New branches in Malaysia
Two new LDS branches were recently organized in Malaysia bringing the total of LDS branches in the country to 30. The Masai Branch was organized from the Johor Bahru Branch and both branches pertain to the nearby Singapore Stake. The Masai Branch becomes the first Malay-speaking branch to be organized in West Malaysia since the Butterworth Branch a couple years ago. In East Malaysia, the Kota Kinabalu Branch was divided and the Kota Kinabalu 2nd Branch was created. Kota Kinabalu is now the first city in Sabah State with more than one LDS congregation.
Congregational growth in northern Haiti
Three new LDS branches were recently organized in the Fort Liberte, Pivert, and Vertieres Branches, bringing the total of branches in the district to nine. The creation of the three new branches marks a significant development in the growth of the LDS Church in Haiti as there have been no recent instances of as many new branches organized at the same time in Haiti. Currently there are two stakes, two districts and 36 congregations in the country.
New branches in Spain
For the first time in several years, two new LDS branches were recently organized in Spain. The Vic Branch was organized in northeastern Spain near Barcelona and the Huércal-Overa Branch was organized in southern Spain. Unlike many Western European nations, the LDS Church in Spain has experienced only a slight decline in the total number of LDS congregations over the past decade. Additional congregation organizations may indicate sustained improvement in convert retention and greater efforts by mission leaders to expand national outreach.