map-mozambiqueLike much of Africa, Mozambique (Moçambique in its official Portuguese) has seen its growth in Latter-day Saint membership increase substantially in recent years after plateauing in the early 2000s, rising to 6,900 members across two districts as of the end of 2013.

Now, the Maputo Mozambique Stake, the first in the southern African nation, was organized on February 15 out of the Maputo Mozambique District.

It is still unclear which of the seven branches in the former district became wards in the new stake, which is a highly urbanized one. (All units are in Maputo or neighboring Matola.)

Elsewhere in the country, the Beira Mozambique District has eleven branches while there are at least six other branches under oversight of the Maputo Mozambique Mission.

Prior to the stake organization, Mozambique was the country with the fourth-most members without a stake. Cambodia used to be #1, but two stakes were organized there in 2014. China, Malaysia, and Liberia now hold the dubious honor.

The first branch in Mozambique was created in 1996 and missionaries first arrived in 1999. Ongoing civil war stalled active missionary work, but the country is now seeing increased economic and social growth.

Source: LDS Church Growth, Cumorah