Facts and Statistics

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    Japan

    Elder Heber J. Grant, then a member of the Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and three missionaries arrived in Japan in August 1901. On September 1, on a hill in Yokohama, they dedicated the Church's first mission in Asia. The Book of Mormon was translated by young Alma O. Taylor over a five-year period and published in 1909. Missionary work was discontinued not long after the great Tokyo earthquake of 1923. It was resumed in 1948 after the end of World War II. Prior to the arrival of the missionaries, LDS servicemen in the occupation forces, including Boyd K. Packer, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, had planted many seeds and baptized a handful of members, such as Tatsui Sato, who did a revised translation of the Book of Mormon that was published in 1957.

    Church membership grew rapidly after the war. The first Latter-day Saint meetinghouse constructed by the Church in Asia was dedicated in April 1964 by Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, then of the Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In August 1975, construction of the Tokyo Temple was announced by Church President Spencer W. Kimball at an all-Japan conference in Tokyo to 9,800 members, who responded with spontaneous applause. The temple was the first temple in Asia and was dedicated in October 1980. The Fukuoka Temple was dedicated in 2000, and a third temple to be built in Sapporo was announced in October 2009. At the end of 2010, Church membership in Japan was 125,419.

     

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    128,856

    Total Church Membership

    7

    Missions

    64

    Family History Centers

    265

    Congregations

    3

    Temples

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    North America

    9,164,419

    Total Church Membership

    191

    Missions

    2,811

    Family History Centers

    18,164

    Congregations

    106

    Temples

    South America

    3,969,757

    Total Church Membership

    94

    Missions

    937

    Family History Centers

    5,527

    Congregations

    17

    Temples

    Europe

    511,491

    Total Church Membership

    44

    Missions

    767

    Family History Centers

    1,452

    Congregations

    12

    Temples

    Asia

    1,132,501

    Total Church Membership

    42

    Missions

    328

    Family History Centers

    1,982

    Congregations

    8

    Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    541,968

    Total Church Membership

    18

    Missions

    328

    Family History Centers

    1,243

    Congregations

    10

    Temples

    Africa

    539,524

    Total Church Membership

    31

    Missions

    274

    Family History Centers

    1,792

    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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    15,882,417

    Total Church Membership

    188

    Published Languages

    30,304

    Congregations

    Missionary Program

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    70,946

    Missionaries

    422

    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

    189

    Countries Receiving Humanitarian Aid (Since 1985)

    10,238

    Welfare Services Missionaries (Incl. Humanitarian Service Missionaries)

    Temples

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    156

    Temples

    Education

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    4

    Universities & Colleges

    404,270

    Seminary Students Enrollment

    357,760

    Institute Student Enrollment

    Genealogy

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    5,003

    Family History Centers

    138

    Countries with Family History Centers