Most congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are organized geographically into stakes, which are similar to Catholic dioceses and are made up of individual congregations called wards. In areas where there are fewer Church members, Latter-day Saints may be organized into a district, which is a smaller version of a stake. Each district is made up of branches. The lay leader of a district is called a district president. A district can develop into a stake.

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