Earlier this month, the Church created a new stake in Spain. The Lleida Spain Stake was created from the Hospitalet Spain Stake and Spain Barcelona Mission and includes four wards (Lleida, Sabadell 1st, Sabadell 2nd, and Terrassa) and three branches (Andorra, Zaragoza 1st, and Zaragoza 2nd). Missionaries serving in the Spain Barcelona Mission report that the two branches in Zaragoza may become wards within the near future. Currently the Hospitalet Spain Stake has only four wards and two branches. With few wards in either stake, it appears that the decision to create the new stake in Lleida was under the expectation that some branches in both of these stakes will mature into wards and that some wards may divide to create additional units.
This Sunday, the Church will create two additional stakes in Spain in Madrid and Cartagena. I will provide more details on these new stakes once they become available. With the creation of three new stakes in 2012, there will be 13 stakes in Spain.