Missionaries serving in the Adriatic South Mission report that the Church will organize its first stake in Albania during the weekend of March 8th and 9th. The sole district in the country, the Tirana Albania District was organized in 1999 and currently consists of nine branches. Missionaries have diligently worked for many years to prepare the four branches in Tirana to become wards and for the district to become a stake. The creation of the first stake in Albania marks the third predominantly Muslim country where the Church has created a stake that is primarily comprised of local members; the first and second countries being Indonesia and Sierra Leone. LDS growth in Albania has been an anomaly for Southeast Europe as no other country has experienced steady growth and has a sufficient number of active members for a stake to be organized.
Albania was previously the country with the 15th most members without a stake according to year-end 2012 membership data.