Members and missionaries report that the Church will organize its first stake in the Canary Islands this September. Currently there are 10 branches in the sole district that operates in the islands. It is unclear how many of the branches will become wards once the stake is officially organized.
The Church has a unique history in the Canary Islands. Formal missionary activity began in the late 1970s and the population exhibited high receptivity to LDS missionaries. In 1988, the Church organized a separate mission based in the Canary Islands (Spain Las Palmas) that also administered the Portuguese-administered Madeira Islands. During the first year of operation, the Spain Las Palmas Mission baptized over 1,000 converts; essentially increasing the number of members on church records by 50%. By 2001, there were three member districts (Fuerteventura, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife) and 18 branches in the Canary Islands. Low member activity rates, a major decline in the number of convert baptisms, leadership development problems, and reduced missionary resources assigned to Europe resulted in the closure of the Spain Las Palmas Mission in 2006, the closure of two of the three member districts, and the number of branches declining from 18 to 10 by the early 2010s. Missionaries reported efforts to create the first stake in the islands for many years. The Canary Islands currently pertain to the Spain Madrid Mission.
Click here for an LDS Church News article on the Church in the Canary Islands written in 1990.