Members in India report that the First Presidency has approved the organization of the first LDS stake in India. During the weekend of May 26-27th, the Hyderabad India District will become a stake in a special conference in Hyderabad. The creation of the first stake in India marks a significant milestone in LDS growth in India as stakes require large numbers of active members and priesthood holders to operate. It is likely that all six branches in the district will become wards in the new stake. With the creation of a stake in India, the likelihood of a temple announcement for India becomes much more likely considering there are approximately 13,000 members in India and Pakistan who must travel to the Hong Kong China Temple to participate in temple ordinances.
India currently ranks as the country with the second most members without a stake based on official year-end 2010 membership statistics. At present, no other districts appear close to becoming stakes within the next couple years. The New Delhi India District appears the closest to becoming the second stake in India as there are seven branches in the district, but some of these branches have few active members.