The LDS Church's seventh stake in Alabama will be organized at the end of October according to members living in the Huntsville area. The Madison Alabama Stake will be organized from the Huntsville Alabama Stake and include seven congregations. The new stake will be the first new LDS stake organized in Alabama since the Dothan Alabama Stake in 1986.
Last Sunday a new stake was created in Arequipa and a new district was created in Casma. The Arequipa Perú Paucarpata Stake was organized from the Arequipa Perú Manuel Prado Stake includes six wards. The new stake becomes Peru's 98th stake and the seventh stake in the city of Arequipa. Prospects appear very favorable for a temple announcement for Arequipa within the near future. In northern Peru, the Casma Perú District was organized from the Chimbote Perú South Stake and appears to consist of five branches in the southern coastal areas of the Ancash Region. There are now 23 districts in Peru.
A new stake was created in northern Luzon in Santiago last Sunday. The Santiago Philippines North Stake was organized from the Santiago Philippines Stake and includes the following five wards: The Baluarte, Ramon, Rizal 1st, Rizal 2nd, and Santiago 3rd Wards. Congregational growth has increased throughout the Northern Luzon region within the past year as several new wards have been organized in the largest cities and several branches have matured into wards. There are now 82 stakes and 85 districts in the Philippines.