The Church expanded its worldwide status this week with the formation of the first stake in India. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve, assisted by Elders Donald L. Hallstrom and Anthony D. Perkins of the Seventy, formed the Hyderabad India Stake on May 27, 2012.
Approximately 10,000 members of the Church live in India. The Church’s presence in India goes back to 1850, when two missionaries came from Great Britain to Calcutta. A few other missionaries were called from the Utah Territory in the 1850s, but these efforts did not thrive, due primarily to language difficulties.
In 1981 government regulations allowed a missionary couple to establish a branch. Most missionary teaching has been in English. The Book of Mormon was translated into Telegu in 1981.
In 1993 a mission was created in Bangalore, with Gucharan Singh Gill, a native of India, as its president. At that time there were 1,150 members in 13 branches, which increased to 2,000 members in 18 branches five years later. The first meetinghouse in India was dedicated on 2 February 2002, housing the Rajahmundry Branch.