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    Germany

    The first congregation of Latter-day Saints was organized in Darmstadt in 1843. Elder John Taylor of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles preached in Hamburg in 1851 and supervised the translation of Church literature into German. Due to strong persecution, many of the early members emigrated to Utah, United States.

    Despite the problems associated with the two world wars, the Church continued to grow gradually in Germany. During the 1920s, there were three congregations in Chemnitz with more than 600 members. At the time, that was the highest concentration of members in any city outside of the United States.

    With the separation of Germany after World War II, East German Church members were separated from other members until the country's reunification in 1990. Shortly after the end of World War II, Ezra Taft Benson, a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, and later United States Secretary of Agriculture under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, organized a great charitable operation to help the starving people in Germany. This charitable organization later became known as CARE. Ezra Taft Benson later became President of the Church.

    The Church continued to exist in the former GDR after the War. The faithful members continued to maintain contact with the Church in the West. These ongoing efforts made it possible to dedicate the Freiberg Temple (Saxony) in 1985, the first temple on German soil and the first in a (then) Communist country. Two years later, another temple was dedicated in Germany, located in Friedrichsdorf (Hessia).

    Today, Latter-day Saints in Germany total approximately 36,000, many of them second, third, and fourth generation members of the Church. Church members in Germany are organized in 183 congregations that meet in 161 meetinghouses. These meetinghouses serve as the location for Church activities of all kinds. In addition to sacrament meetings, Primary classes for children, and meetings for women and youth groups, there are sport activities, such as table tennis, basketball, and volleyball. Additionally, there are cultural events, such as dancing, musical, and theatrical performances. There are also religious education programs for the youth and young adults.

    High ideals are taught with strong emphasis on family life, abstinence from alcohol and tobacco, and commitment to high moral principles that characterize Latter-day Saint beliefs. Converts come from a wide age range and from all socioeconomic groups.

    Humanitarian services totaling millions of dollars have been given worldwide. Relief without regard to race, nationality, or religion is given. Food, clothing, medical supplies, and economic aid continue to alleviate the suffering of deprived people. European nations, and more recently, Eastern Europeans receive special assistance.

     

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    39,726

    Total Church Membership

    3

    Missions

    111

    Family History Centers

    166

    Congregations

    2

    Temples

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    North America

    9,058,148

    Total Church Membership

    191

    Missions

    2,784

    Family History Centers

    18,074

    Congregations

    102

    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

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    15,634,199

    Total Church Membership

    188

    Published Languages

    30,016

    Congregations

    Missionary Program

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    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

    151

    Temples

    Education

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    4

    Universities & Colleges

    407,971

    Seminary Students Enrollment

    356,663

    Institute Student Enrollment

    Genealogy

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    4,918

    Family History Centers

    153

    Countries with Family History Centers