Members in Botswana report that the Church will create its first stake in Botswana on November 4th. The Church has worked for many years to create the first stake in Botswana. The Church created its first official branch in 1991 and the following year organized a district headquartered in Gaborone. In 1995, the district was closed and branches were reassigned to the newly created Roodepoort South Africa Stake. The Church currently has three wards and four branches in Botswana that remain assigned to the Roodepoort South Africa Stake and one other branch (Francistown) and several groups (Gerald, Kasane, and Monarch) that report directly to the South Africa Johannesburg Mission. With few exceptions, stakes must have at least five wards to operate and we will likely see a couple new wards formed in Gaborone or a couple branches mature into wards as part of the creation of the new stake. Members report that the new stake will also include one congregation in neighboring South Africa (Mafeking).
In the late 2000s, mission leaders opened several new cities to proselytism and have reported excellent success as branches have been organized in Kanye, Molepolole, and Mochudi. Prospects appear favorable for the creation of a separate mission for Botswana due to visa complications with missionaries transferring between Botswana and South Africa and expanding opportunities to open additional cities to proselytism.