Missionaries serving in Albania and Jamaica report that the Church will likely organize its first stakes in each of these countries within the next few months. In Albania, the first stake may be organized this March from the Tirana Albania District. The district has experienced steady increases in the number of active members and mission leaders have concentrated their efforts on augmenting the number of active Melchizedek Priesthood holders in order to qualify to become a stake. In Jamaica, the Church has sought for over a decade to organize a stake. Missionaries report that the first stake should be organized sometime in early 2014 although no specific date has been given. The first stake in Jamaica will be organized from the Kingston Jamaica District. The organization of the first stake in a country is a significant LDS growth development considering stakes require self-sufficient local leadership and must meet certain activity standards in order to operate.
According to 2012 membership data, Jamaica currently ranks as the country with the sixth most members without a stake whereas Albania currently ranks as the country with the 15th most members without a stake.