Some 11 million members of the Church are spread throughout the world — most being spiritually protected in stakes of Zion, others in districts, which are smaller versions of stakes.
"Today we are witnessing the demonstration of the Lord's hand even in the midst of His saints, the members of the Church," President Harold B. Lee said during April 1973 general conference. "Never in this dispensation, and perhaps never before in any single period, has there been such a feeling of urgency among the members of this Church as today. Her boundaries are being enlarged, her stakes are being strengthened. In the early years of the Church specific places to which the Saints were to be gathered together were given, and the Lord directed that these gathering places should not be changed, but then He gave one qualification: 'Until the day cometh when there is found no more room for them; and then I have other places which I will appoint unto them, and they shall be called stakes, for the curtains or the strength of Zion.' " (Doctrine and Covenants 101:21.)