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A brief history can be found at LDS Newsroom (Virginia) or Deseret News 2010 Church Almanac. The first Mormon missionary to visit Virginia, was Jediah M. Grant, who later served as a counselor to President Brigham Young. During the Prophet Joseph Smith's lifetime, a group of branches in Tazewell County, Virginia was known as Little Nauvoo.
LDS Stakes are groups of congregations. Wards are medium-sized congregations and branches are small congregations.
Stakes are led by a stake presidency (Stake President and 2 counselors, supported by an executive secretary, a stake clerk, and typically 4 assistant clerks) and a high council of 12 councilors. Stakes also have presidencies for the Stake Relief Society, Young Women, Young Men, Primary, and Sunday School.