Facts and Statistics

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    American Samoa

    In May 1843, 13 years after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized in the United States, four men were sent to be missionaries in the islands of the Pacific.

    Elder Joseph H. Dean and his wife, Florence Ridges Dean, arrived in Samoa in 1888. Missionaries were again sent to Tutuila. By 1891 the mission in Samoa, with headquarters near Apia, was developing steadily. The first branch (a small congregation) was started in Pago Pago on 27 May 1893, and before the turn of the century, 11 branches had been organized on the island.

    On 26 November 1906, a Relief Society organization for the women was founded at Mapusaga with 14 members enrolled. A Primary organization for the children was organized 24 May 1908. A Church village with a school and a supporting plantation was founded at Mapusaga 10 May 1903. In 1938, the Boy Scout organization was started at Mapusaga.

    Missionaries were recalled in 1940 prior to World War II because of troubled conditions, and local members assumed more leadership responsibilities. After the war, missionaries returned and the work accelerated. A stake (diocese) was created in Pago Pago in 1969. In 1989, Eni F. (Hunkin Jr.) Faleomavaega, former lieutenant governor of American Samoa, became the first Samoan member of the Church elected to be a non-voting member of the 101st United States Congress.

    During hurricanes in February 1990 and December 1991, members suffered considerable losses but local units responded well in dealing with the devastation. Membership in 1990 was 7,500, increasing to about 12,000 in 1994. Today, more than one in four American Samoans enjoy membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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    16,149

    Total Church Membership

    4

    Family History Centers

    41

    Congregations

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    North America

    9,058,148

    Total Church Membership

    191

    Missions

    2,784

    Family History Centers

    18,074

    Congregations

    106

    Temples

    South America

    3,905,125

    Total Church Membership

    94

    Missions

    912

    Family History Centers

    5,549

    Congregations

    17

    Temples

    Europe

    508,173

    Total Church Membership

    44

    Missions

    751

    Family History Centers

    1,457

    Congregations

    11

    Temples

    Asia

    1,111,204

    Total Church Membership

    42

    Missions

    321

    Family History Centers

    1,968

    Congregations

    8

    Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    530,830

    Total Church Membership

    18

    Missions

    323

    Family History Centers

    1,217

    Congregations

    10

    Temples

    Africa

    498,976

    Total Church Membership

    29

    Missions

    241

    Family History Centers

    1,602

    Congregations

    3

    Temples

    Worldwide Statistics

    The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following report concerning the growth and status of the Church:

    Growth of the Church

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was formally organized in a small log cabin in upstate New York in 1830. It took 117 years — until 1947 — for the Church to grow from the initial six members to one million. Learn More

    15,634,199

    Total Church Membership

    188

    Published Languages

    30,016

    Congregations

    Missionary Program

    The Church's missionary program is one of its most recognized characteristics. Mormon missionaries can be seen on the streets of hundreds of major cities in the world. Learn More

    74,079

    Missionaries

    418

    Missions

    15

    Missionary Training Centers

    Humanitarian Services

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides relief and development projects for humanitarian purposes in countries all over the world. Learn More

    186

    Countries Receiving Humanitarian Aid (Since 1985)

    8,320

    Welfare Services Missionaries (Incl. Humanitarian Service Missionaries)

    Temples

    Temples are not regular places of Sunday worship for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Learn More

    155

    Temples

    Education

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints emphasizes the importance of continued secular and spiritual education Learn More

    4

    Universities & Colleges

    407,971

    Seminary Students Enrollment

    356,663

    Institute Student Enrollment

    Genealogy

    Genealogy is more than learning about one’s family history for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Latter-day Saints believe families can be together after this life. Learn More

    4,918

    Family History Centers

    153

    Countries with Family History Centers