The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has created a new administrative unit known as a stake in Kampala. The new stake, akin to a diocese in other faiths, was created by splitting the Kampala Uganda Stake, giving rise to the Kampala Uganda South Stake.
Other changes announced during the Sunday session of the Kampala Uganda Stake conference, held 22 January 2017 at the Kololo stake center, included upgrading Kajjansi First, Ntinda and Mengo Branches to wards.
This change means that these ugraded units will now be be headed by a bishop instead of a branch president.
Also announced was the division of the the Mutungo Ward giving rise to the Mutungo Second Ward and changing the name of the original unit to Mutungo First Ward.
- Fredrick Kamya Malagala
- Elders Makasi, Palmer and Newly called Kampala South Stake leaders
- Pres Kamya Fred with counselors Kikambi and Katende
- Pres. Okot, Ondoga and Kyambadde
- Elder Palmer and Makasi
- President and Sister Collings
- Sister Juliana Zziwa Mulongo
- Sister Nancy Ndiwalana
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As part of the changes, the Kampala Uganda Stake was renamed Kampala Uganda North Stake. No changes were made to its top leadership.
Church units under the newly created Kampala Uganda South Stake include Entebbe Ward, Kajjansi First Ward, Kajjansi Second Branch, Kabowa Ward, Nsambya Ward and Mengo Ward.
Units under the Kampala Uganda North Stake include, Mukono Ward, Seeta Branch, Mutungo First Ward, Mutungo Second Ward, Kololo Ward and Ntinda Ward.
Elders S. Mark Palmer, Second Counselor in the Africa Southeast Area Presidency and Tasara Makasi an Area Seventy, were in Kampala to effect the changes.
In his remarks, Elder Palmer urged the members to set goals in their lives and then go forth with faith. He also encouraged them to support their leaders, read their scriptures daily and be repentant. He said, "through these things you will be filled with the Spirit of the Lord."
Elder Makasi asked the new leaders to be strong, valiant and true. He asked members to let their light of Christ so shine that other people, through their example, will want to come unto Christ.
Drawing from his personal experiences, Frederick M. Kamya of the newly formed Kampala South Stake said members of the church can always enjoy the protection of our Heavenly Father if they keep the commandments. He urged them to be a prayerful people and to read scriptures.
President Okot Jimmy of the Kampala Uganda North Stake, taught at length about the need to be righteous at all times. He said, "irrespective of inherent talents or skills, real strength comes from obedience to God." He also urged members to be repentant.
President and Sister Collings of the Uganda Kampala Mission also in attendance shared missionary experiences and urged members to share the gospel with others. They encouraged members to set goals and then rely on the Lord to help them achieve them.
The Kampala Uganda Stake was organised on the 17 January 2010 and has since grown in membership making necessary to divide it.
The second stake of the Church in Uganda is located in Jinja east of Kampala and was organized 29 November 2015.
The church membership in Uganda currently stands at over fourteen thousand.