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New Stakes and Stake Presidencies Announced in November 2023

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Following is a list of newly created stakes and stake presidencies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from around the world.

NOTE: When a new stake is created or a stake presidency is reorganized in an existing stake, leaders are given time to report the changes and provide brief biographical information for each member of the new stake presidency. A list of stakes reporting changes is compiled and published at the end of each month. The actual date of the stake’s creation or reorganization is in parentheses following the name of the stake.

New Stakes

A new stake has been created from the American Fork Utah South Stake. The American Fork Utah Harbor Stake, which consists of the Harbor 1st, Harbor 3rd, Harbor 5th, Harbor 6th, Harbor 7th, Harbor 8th and Harbor 9th wards, was created by Elder Juan Pablo Villar, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Robert T. Smith, an Area Seventy.

AMERICAN FORK UTAH HARBOR STAKE: (Sept. 10, 2023) President — Brent Michael Wight, 41, self-employed CEO; wife, Tricia Ann Terry Wight. Counselors — Robin Carl Wright, 67, Action Target Inc. customer experience manager; wife, Sherry Lynn Thomas Wright. Gerald Thomas Dibb, 53, junior high science teacher; wife, Raquel Scott Dibb.

A new stake has been created from the Bouake Cote d’Ivoire District. The Bouake Cote d’Ivoire Stake, which consists of the Ahougnanssou, Bouake 4th and Tiebissou branchs and Assabou, Bouake 1st, Bouake 2nd, Bouake 3rd, Habitat and Morofe wards, was created by Elder Alfred Kyungu, General Authority Seventy, and Elder D. Martin Goury, an Area Seventy.

BOUAKE COTE D’IVOIRE STAKE: (Aug. 20, 2023) President — Gondouai Edvis Dih, 37, Compagnie Ivoirienne d’Électricité electrician; wife, Lia Diana Camille Carine Jose Fernande Dih. Counselors — Bi Irié Serge Irié, 46, self-employed; wife, Annick Gertrude Irie. Kouakou Thomas Yao, 45, family business production manager; wife, Adjoua Kouadio Yao.

A new stake has been created from the Columbia South Carolina and Conway South Carolina stakes. The Hartsville South Carolina Stake, which consists of the Cheraw Branch and Camden, Elgin, Florence, Hartsville and Sumter wards, was created by Elder Jonathan S. Schmitt, General Authority Seventy, and Elder John D. Amos, an Area Seventy.

HARTSVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA STAKE: (Oct. 22, 2023) President — Dennis Lane McDaniel, 53, elementary school principal; wife, Christi Barfield McDaniel. Counselors — Mark Eric Judson, 63, Judson Builders Inc. president, W&J Investments and Merewether Judson LLC managing member; wife, Patricia Mary Swaney Judson. Erik Keim, 57, SKF USA Inc. North America quality industrial market sales director; wife, Katrina Kay Krohn Keim.

A new stake has been created from the Benson utah and Richmond Utah stakes. The Lewiston Utah Stake, which consists of the Cornish, Cove, Lewiston 1st, Lewiston 2nd, Lewiston 3rd, Lewiston 4th and Trenton wards, was created by Elder Brian K. Taylor, General Authority Seventy, and Elder John W. Boswell, an Area Seventy.

LEWISTON UTAH STAKE: (Sept. 24, 2023) President — Joseph Earl Creech Jr., 47, Utah State University professor and Creech Farms LLC owner and operator; wife, Megan Lee Christy Chreech. Counselors — Michael Darrel Gibbons, 44, Gibbons Bros. Dairy owner; wife, Kallie Anne Kent Gibbons. Leonard Scott Ward, 50, Logan Coach Trailers sales and marketing manager; wife, Natalie Manning Ward.

Reorganized Stakes

ASHEVILLE NORTH CAROLINA STAKE: (Oct. 8, 2023) President — Kyle Stephen Gillett, 44, medical family therapist; succeeding Bartel Van Oostendorp; wife, Julie Ann Goodsell Gillett. Counselors — Craig Michael Poole, 49, optometrist; wife, Emily Noelle Shelton Poole. Paul Michael Hedgecock, 44, Brightbell Virtual Receptionist operations vice president; wife, Eva Marie Lee Hedgecock.

COCHABAMBA BOLIVIA QUILLACOLLO STAKE: (Oct. 29, 2023) President — Angel Gustavo Laredo Soria, 43, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion coordinator; succeeding Elivs E. Castro Lopez; wife, Carla Aurora Romero Navia. Counselors — Regis Rios Lima, 47, Trans Cespedes y Romero SRL land transport logistics head; wife, Veronica Isela de Rios Panozo. Franz Gonzalo Condori, 38, Food Industry Conabast managing owner; wife, Jheaneth Condori Abasto.

CUERNAVACA MÉXICO CIVAC STAKE: (Aug. 27, 2023) President — Oscar Venoza Mejía, 55, self-employed administrative manger; succeeding Francisco Rodriguez Albavera; wife, Angela Janet de Venoza Romero. Counselors — Jared Gutiérrez Macías, 37, self-employed automotive air conditioning technician; wife, Jany Michelle Segura. Jose Luis Zaragoza Parroquin, 44, litigator; wife, Talina Adame Gomez.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN UTAH CEDAR PASS STAKE: (Sept. 17, 2023) President — Jared Anthony Hall, 53, Adobe Inc. Workfront and client services program manager; succeeding Shawn J. Richards; wife, Kelly Jo Dever Hall. Counselors — Charles Ray Smith, 60, Excel Concrete president; wife, Leslie Diane Jackson Smith. Joseph Orin Hatch, 44, CH Retirement Income Planning financial adviser and managing partner; wife, Annie Lee Comin Hatch.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN UTAH STAKE: (Sept. 24, 2023) President — Tyler J Barney, 45, optometrist; succeeding Ronald T. Mortensen; wife, Kristen Jensen Barney. Counselors — Parley Cougar Hall, 51, Brigham Young University professor; wife, Hillary Rose Hoopes Hall. Spencer Bryan Stephenson, 41, Horrocks Engineers partner and owner; wife, Rebecca Melynn Loveless Stephenson.

ELKO NEVADA EAST STAKE: (Oct. 8, 2023) President — Mathew Norman Spieth, 40, Nevada Gold Mines capital projects superintendent; succeeding Shawn K. Jones; wife, Brittena Wood Spieth. Counselors — Thomas Hugh Claridge, 54, Netafim USA relationship sales manager; wife, Shelly Skinner Claridge. Kurt Wyatt Knudsen, 45, Nevada Gold Mines reliability specialist; wife, Allison Rene Pendley Knudsen.

FLAGSTAFF ARIZONA WEST STAKE: (Oct. 8, 2023) President — Benjamin Leo Beckstead, 46, WL Gore & Associates business leader; succeeding Kevin G. Tingey; wife, Carrie Leigh Lundgren Beckstead. Counselors — Martin Dale Hassell, 43, Northern Arizona University professor; wife, Mary Elizabeth Bennett Hassell. Zane Jay Larson, 53, physical therapist; wife, Shelly Alese Cearley Larson.

GOIÂNIA BRAZIL NORTH STAKE: (Oct. 8, 2023) President — Wellis Alves da Silva, 42, Construtora Centro Leste financial manager; succeeding Rafael Santos Nunes; wife, Joelma Albuquerque Rocha Silva. Counselors — Tony Laurindo da Silva Arantes, 43, State of Goiás military police; wife, Maria Luiza Pereira Ferreira Arantes. Pedro Henrique de Medeiros Figueiredo, 30, Flowair Compressores e Serviços LTDA services director; wife, Raquel Lemos Noronha Vieira Santos.

HOUSTON TEXAS EAST STAKE: (Sept. 17, 2023) President — Lorenzo Lezcano, 47, HHS environmental service director; succeeding Robert B. Brown; wife, Cynthia Marie Garcia Lezcano. Counselors — Bradley Thomas Chandler, 37, ExxonMobil business team leader; wife, Kara Su Tullis Chandler. Sidney James Castillo, 57, Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America field director; wife, Gilda Garcia Castillo.

IDAHO FALLS CENTRAL STAKE: (Oct. 8, 2023) President — Eric J Pace, 61, Naval Nuclear Laboratory manager; succeeding George W. Bradley; wife, Claire Jeanne Okeson Pace. Counselors — Vaughn Starley Sharp, 64, retired DPI Specialty Foods general manager; wife, Marla Sue Blackburn Sharp. Randy Ray Petersen, 39, Melaleuca Inc. IT manager; wife, Kerri Lynne Palmer Petersen.

IDAHO FALLS YSA STAKE: (Oct. 15, 2023) President — Bartt E Adamson, 56, RS&I purchasing and logistics vice president; succeeding Brad H Hall; wife, Roxanna Poole Adamson. Counselors — Mark Wayne Permann, 55, Idaho National Laboratory program manager; wife, Laura Jane Warren Permann. Todd J Hatch, 62, self-employed; wife, Jeri Lyn Steel Hatch.

JUIZ DE FORA BRAZIL STAKE: (Oct. 15, 2023) President — Rafael Smarzaro Galhano, 38, Itec Endoscopia managing partner; succeeding Pierre Portes Dos Santos; wife, Juliana Pires de Melo Galhano. Counselors — Jakson Duarte Martins, 55, Esdeva Propagator Association professor; wife, Analice Barros Martins. Anderson Luiz Eiterer de Souza, 55, AFAPBB administrative director; wife, Ilma Sena Lopes de Souza.

KAYSVILLE UTAH HAIGHT CREEK STAKE: (Oct. 8, 2023) President — Jeffrey Howard Rigby, 46, Rigby & Co. commercial real estate appraiser; succeeding Barry D. Harris; wife, Natalie Marie Coles Rigby. Counselors — Matthew Ty Johnson, 55, Church director of planning, Welfare and Self-Reliance Services; wife, Pamela Smith Johnson. Matthew Clark Tsukamoto, 60, GE Healthcare project manager and Cytiva core account leader; wife, Tomoko Yui Tsukamoto.

LAS VEGAS NEVADA SHADOW MOUNTAIN STAKE: (Oct. 15, 2023) President — Jared Keolamaikalani Noa, 35, Pete King Corp. part owner and vice president; succeeding Brian G. Stucki; wife, Courtney Joyce King Noa. Counselors — Daniel Mink Hooge, 45, State Bar of Nevada chief bar counsel; wife, Natalie Christensen Hooge. Jason Roger Bailey, 43, Las Vegas Valley Water District public affairs employee; wife, Lindsay Marie Mortensen Bailey.

LIMA PERÚ LA CAMPIÑA STAKE: (Sept. 10, 2023) President — Manuel Eduardo Otero Quinteros, 43, Anders Peru S.A.C. corporate head of information technology; succeeding Frank G. Camarena; wife, Gabriela Beatriz Hinojosa Coral. Counselors — Nilton Rios Mendoza, 42, Mentors Peru civil association financial mentor; wife, Sonia Lola de Rios Ponte. Victor Manuel Vivanco Medina, 33, Vaenco metal structures manager; wife, Claudia De Vivanco Ruiz.

LUBBOCK TEXAS NORTH STAKE: (Sept. 17, 2023) President — Derid Shane Ure, 45, BlueSky Orthodontics doctor; succeeding Thomas G. Kimball; wife, Rachel Callister Ure. Counselors — Mark Stephen Summers, 37, veterinarian; wife, Jenelyn Debra Perry Summers. Jonathan Lyman McNaughtan, 38, Texas Tech Univeresity associate professor and associate department chair, and self-employed organizational culture and leadership coach; wife, Elisabeth Day McNaughtan.

OREM UTAH YSA 3RD STAKE: (Oct. 15, 2023) President — Gordon James Mella, 62, Church solutions manager; succeeding Michael A. Frost; wife, Martta Linda Mecham Mella. Counselors — Gregory Von Jolley, 52, BYU professor; wife, Chelsea Ann Rowe Jolley. Benjamin Lloyd Smith, 36, Latham & Watkins LLP associate.

OWEGO NEW YORK STAKE: (Oct. 15, 2023) President — Clark Joseph Johns, 49, DuPont quality manager; succeeding Anthony G. Frutos; wife, Renee Janelle Nash Johns. Counselors — David Ryan Just, 48, Cornell University applied economics and management professor and Susan Eckert Lynch professor of science and business; wife, Lisa Ann Carr Just. Andrew William Despain, 43, Corning Inc. director; wife, Ana Christine Kohl Despain.

PROVO UTAH YSA 3RD STAKE: (Oct. 14, 2023) President — Reid Rasmussen Swenson, 55, orthodontist; succeeding Casey C. Peterson; wife, Catherine Elise Wright Swenson. Counselors — Robert Nixon Wellman, 57, former Social5 president and CEO; wife, Tiffany Davis Wellman. Edgar Garcia Garcia, 55, Hillcrest Bank - National Bank Holdings commercial lending vice president; wife, Tania Lorena Zelaya Heredia Garcia.

SANDY UTAH GRANITE STAKE: (Oct. 15, 2023) President — Robbie G Yates, 48, Kirton McConkie shareholder; succeeding Jacob Helland; wife, Shantell Saba Yates. Counselors — Erek Charles Anderson, 56, WesTech Engineering certified public accountant and treasury manager; wife, Angela Ward Anderson. Corey Lynn Headman, 59, Lamar Advertising senior account executive; wife, Kristine Owen Headman.

SANTIAGO CHILE ZAPADORES STAKE: (Sept. 24, 2023) President — David Bernabé Pizarro Gauthier, 42, Andes Logistics of Chile commercial executive; succeeding Ignacio A. Flores Quezada; wife, Alejandra Del Gonzalez Hernandes. Counselors — Joel Jacob Riffo Torres, 29, Mediterranean Construction administration and finances manager; wife, Joyce Alejandra Alvarez Arp. Franco Alejandro Cancino Diaz, 30, Claro Chile sales executive.

SANTOS BRAZIL STAKE: (Sept. 17, 2023) President — Renan Valente de Lucena Santana, 36, Renault quality auditor; succeeding Marcos O. Ikeda; wife, Ariany Costa Higashi Nakaya Santana. Counselors — Everton Santana, 45, SCR Retificadores former owner and partner; wife, Clarice de Menezes Vidal Santana. Gabriel Cunha Morgado Dos Santos, 39, Petrobras project manager; wife, Giovanna Carolina Muniz Palma Santos.

SIOUX FALLS SOUTH DAKOTA STAKE: (Oct. 8, 2023) President — Jonathan Grant Eastman, 37, Vikor Teleconstruction president; succeeding Matthew R. Ulrich; wife, Jaygan Jaysen Ray Johnson Eastman. Counselors — Eric Chancey Towe, 44, pediatric cardiologist; wife, Nita Danyelle Palfreeman Towe. Preston George Meline, 52, Levo Credit Union executive vice president; wife, Breanne Bolingbroke Meline.

SODA SPRINGS IDAHO STAKE: (Sept. 24, 2023) President — Richard Blaine Evans, 43, Bayer Crop Science reliability and maintenance engineer; succeeding Wade E. Clark; wife, Katharine Ann Masters Evans. Counselors — Jared William Hunsaker, 54, Bayer maintenance area lead; wife, Susanne Thomas Hunsaker. Chad Wade Harris, 42, rancher; wife, Lacey Erickson Harris.

TAICHUNG TAIWAN EAST STAKE: (Sept. 10, 2023) President — Bang-Jian Liu, Church area publishing services manager; succeeding Kou Chien Lo; wife, Qiaoyi Lin. Counselors — Chih Yuan Li, 45, Dayin Microsystems software engineer; wife, Jingyi Lai. Chih Hsiang Huang, 47, Yamauchi Casting Co. Ltd. businessman; wife, Wanru Chen.

TAIPEI TAIWAN SOUTH STAKE: (Sept. 10, 2023) President — Chen Shun Huang, 51, Bibliotheca Co. Ltd. business development manager; succeeding Hsien Tso Hsieh; wife, Lifen Li. Counselors — Wen Pin Wang, 62, Qinglai Machinery Co. Ltd. paper machinery assistant manager of production; wife, Peiling Ma. Jung Ling Wang, 50, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion coordinator; wife, Ping Yuan Lin.

TEGUCIGALPA HONDURAS STAKE: (Aug. 27, 2023) President — Kennet Michelly Ortega Nieto, 38, Military Hospital and Central Laboratory clinical laboratory technician; succeeding German Laboriel Espinal; wife, Waleska Sarahi Aceituno Andino de Ortega. Counselors — Wilson Alexzander Amador Gálvez, 40, Incomp Educational Center general manager; wife, Nadiezna Janeth Rodríguez Gálvez. Jose Daniel Triminio, 25, Academia Europea international coordinator.

VILLA NUEVA GUATEMALA EL FRUTAL STAKE: (Sept. 17, 2023) President — Edwin Ernesto Colindres Perez, 42, Inasol Group general manager; succeeding Saul D. Castellanos Hurtado; wife, Monica Lorena de Paz Moreno. Counselors — Amilcar Jared Calderon Tanchez, 42, Supli Services sales supervisor; wife, Betsayda Lissete Samayoa Chilin de Calderón. Vickman Farentino Chavez Tuchez, 42, Church real estate project manager; wife, Mayra Esperanza Mejia Garcia de Chavez.

WORCESTER MASSACHUSETTS STAKE: (Sept. 17, 2023) President — Christopher Todd Burt, 52, retired Fidelity Investments senior vice president of artificial intelligence; succeeding David F. Holland; wife, Dawn Alyce Nielsen Burt. Counselors — Spencer Montgomery Gold, 54, Nvidia Corp. director; wife, Emily Ann Davis Gold. Anywhere Sikochi, 43, Harvard University assistant professor; wife, Shlawna Marie Degener Sikochi.

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