“22 New Stakes Organized,” Ensign, June 1979, 77
Twenty-two new stakes were organized in the first three months of 1979—including the first stakes in Bolivia and Paraguay.
These stakes were organized from missions: Santa Cruz Bolivia, Cranbrook British Columbia, Mar del Plata Argentina, Nauvoo Illinois, Asuncion Paraguay, La Paz Bolivia, and Palmerston North New Zealand.
Stakes organized from existing stakes were Washington Utah, Spokane Washington North, Buenos Aires Argentina North, Salt Lake East Millcreek North, Ogden Utah Burch Creek, Milwaukie Oregon, San Nicolas Argentina, Santiago Chile San Bernardo, Tremonton Utah South, Wendell Idaho, Guayaquil Ecuador Centerario, Bogota Colombia Kennedy, Murray Utah North, Kaysville Utah South, and Walla Walla Washington.
The additions bring the number of total stakes in the Church to 1,012. The 1,000th stake organized was the Nauvoo Illinois Stake, organized February 18 by President Ezra Taft Benson, president of the Quorum of the Twelve. He also organized the first stakes in Bolivia and Paraguay.
Twenty-six new stakes were formed during the last quarter of 1978. During the first quarter of 1978, fifteen new stakes were formed.