On January 26th, the Church organized its sixth stake in Arkansas from a division of the North Little Rock Arkansas Stake and the Memphis Tennessee North Stake. The Searcy Arkansas Stake includes the following five wards and five branches: The Cabot, Jacksonville, Jonesboro, Quitman, and Searcy Wards and the Batesville, Lonoke, Mountain View, Paragould, and Pocahontas Branches. The last new stake organized in Arkansas was the Springdale Arkansas Stake in 2006.
Two Sundays ago the Church organized a new stake in the Ghana Cape Coast Mission. The Winneba Ghana Stake was organized from the Swedru Ghana District and includes the following five wards and three branches: The Ansaful, Kojo Bedu, Swedru 1st, Swedru 2nd, and Winneba Wards and the Asikuma, Odoben 1st, and Odoben 2nd Branches. There are now 12 stakes and eight districts in Ghana.
On January 19th, the Church organized a new stake in Idaho. The Iona Idaho South Stake was divided from the Iona Idaho and Idaho Falls Lincoln Stakes and includes the following seven wards: The Iona 2nd, Iona 5th, Iona 11th, Lincoln 4th, Lincoln 5th, Lincoln 6th, and Lincoln 7th Wards. There are now 127 stakes in Idaho.
On January 26th, the Church organized a new stake in Samoa. The Upolu Samoa Tafuaupolu Stake was organized from a division of the Upolu Samoa West, Upolu Samoa South, and Upolu Samoa Aleisa Stakes and includes the following five wards and one branch: The Fasitootai, Lepale, Safaatoa, Satapuala, and Vailuutai Wards and the Faleaseela Branch. There are now 20 stakes in Samoa and 25 stakes in the Samoan Islands.
Yesterday the Church organized a new stake in Texas. The Alliance Texas Stake was created from a division of the Colleyville Stake and appears to include the following six wards: The Bonds Ranch, Heritage, Roanoke, Trophy Club, Woodland Springs 1st, and Woodland Springs 2nd Wards. There are now 60 stakes in Texas.
Members report that this coming Sunday a new stake will be created from the Herriman Utah South Stake. I will provide specifics on what congregations are included in the new stake when this information becomes available. With the creation of the new stake, there will be 567 stakes in Utah.