The Church organized a new stake in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area on March 6th. The Mesa Arizona Red Mountain Stake was organized from a division of the Mesa Arizona Alta Mesa Stake. The new stake includes the following six wards: the Adobe Villa, Granite Reef, Mountain Vista, Preston, Red Mountain, and Vista Peaks Wards.
There are now 102 stakes in Arizona.
The Church organized a new stake in the greater Seattle metropolitan
area. The Enumclaw Washington Stake was organized on March 13th from a division of the Maple Valley Washington, Graham Washington, and Puyallup Washington Stakes. The new stake includes the following seven wards and one branch: the Buckley 1st, Buckley 2nd, Enumclaw 1st, Enumclaw 2nd, Enumclaw 3rd, Orting, and Victor Falls Wards and the Mount Peak Branch (Spanish).
There are now 59 stakes in Washington State.
The Church organized a new district in southeastern Nigeria on March 6th. The Etinan Nigeria North District was organized from a division of the Etinan Nigeria Stake. Although official information on congregations assigned to the district remains unavailable, it appears that five branches are assigned to the new district: Afaha Nsit, Ikot Ananga, Ikot Ebo 1st, Ikot Ebo 2nd, and Ikot Obio Asanga.
There are now 33 stakes and 20 districts in Nigeria.
Papua New Guinea
The Church reinstated the Isumo Papua New Guinea District on March 6th. The district was organized from a division of the Daru Papua New Guinea Stake. The Church had previously operated the Isumo Papua New Guinea District from 2002 until 2008. During this six-year period, the district included three branches: Isumo, Sogere, and Suki. In 2008, the district was consolidated with the Daru Papua New Guinea District in preparation to create the Daru Papua New Guinea Stake in 2011.
The reinstatement of the Isumo Papua New Guinea District has coincided with the downgrading of the Isumo Ward into a branch and the organization of two new branches: Gesowa and Sagero. The conference to reinstate the district had 400 members in attendance. There are 800 members in the new district. Reports indicate that members live throughout islands on the Fly River delta. Thus, several member groups may also operate in the new district.
The Church has achieved rapid growth in Papua New Guinea's Western Province within the past six or seven years. Today each of the three original branches in the former Isumo Papua New Guinea District (2002-2008) have become separate districts. The number of congregations (wards and branches) in the region increased from seven in the late 2000s to 27 at present.
For more information on the organization of the new district, refer to a recent article on the Papua New Guinea Mormon Newsroom website here.
The Church organized a new district in Siberia. The Irkutsk Russia District was organized from three mission branches in the Russia Vladivostok Mission on March 13th. The new district includes the following four branches: the Angarsk, Irkutsk, Irkutsk Russia District, and Ulan-Ude Branches. Missionaries serving in the region report good improvements in church attendance in recent months. However, some branches such as the Angarsk Branch (organized in 2015) have fewer than 20 active members. The Church has never previously operated a district in the Lake Baikal region of Siberia.
There are now three stakes and nine districts in Russia.