The Church recently discontinued the Salt Lake 1st Stake. Originally organized in 1950, the stake had five wards and one branch prior to its consolidation with the Salt Lake Married Student 2nd Stake (renamed the Salt Lake Married Student Stake). The small number of wards in the stake and the closure of two of the five wards appeared responsible for the discontinuation of the stake. The last stake to be discontinued in Utah was in 2011.
There are now 575 stakes and one district in Utah.
The Church organized a new stake in Xalapa, Veracruz State last Sunday. The Xalapa México Macuiltepetl Stake was organized from the Xalapa México Stake and includes the following six wards: Casa Blanca, Estación, Macuiltepetl, Museo, Olivo, and San Bruno Wards. The Church has organized three new wads in Xalapa within recent months suggesting increasing numbers of active members. The original Xalapa México Stake was organized in 1986.
There are now 230 stakes and 37 districts in Mexico.
The Church organized a new district in Namibia last Sunday from the Botswana/Namibia Mission. The Windhoek Namibia District appears to include two branches in Windhoek and a member group in Swakopmund. The Church once operated a district in Namibia during the early 1990s but discontinued it after one of the two branches in the district was discontinued. Prior to the organization of the new district, Namibia was the country or territory with the sixth most members without a stake or district. The Church has experienced slow but steady growth in Namibia. The Church has experienced chronic problems with obtaining foreign missionary visas and consequently full-time missionaries have inconsistently served within the country during the past decade.