Facts and Statistics

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    Samoa

    In May 1843, thirteen years after the Church was organized in the United States, four men were sent to be missionaries in the islands of the Pacific.

    In 1863, two missionaries from Hawaii were sent to Samoa to establish the Church there. The two, Kimo Pelia and Samuela Manoa, labored faithfully for nearly twenty years, isolated from the strength and support of the Church back in the United States.

    Pelia and Samuela baptized a few people on Tutuila, which is now American Samoa. Later, after Elder Joseph H. Dean and his wife, Florence Ridges Dean arrived, the mission was formally organized on 17 June 1888. By 1891 the mission in Samoa, with headquarters near Apia, was developing steadily.

    From 1896, members began to join in greater numbers. Missionaries helped educate youths in small chapel schools. As local members filled leadership positions, they were assigned to distant branches (small congregations), a pattern unique to Samoa. Local members were soon serving missions themselves and were greatly contributing to the growth of the Church.

    Before the turn of the century, 11 branches had been organized on the island. By June 1903, the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ had been translated. At the end of 1920, membership numbered 3,500, about 5 percent of the total population.

    Missionaries were recalled in 1940 prior to World War II because of troubled conditions, and this became a good opportunity for the local members to assume more leadership. After the war, the work quickened considerably. By 1950, membership had grown to more than 7,000 and by 1961, to more than 16,000. By 1974, the country had six stakes (dioceses) and became the first country of the world to be entirely covered by stakes.

    On 15 October 1977, it was announced that a temple would be built in Apia, Western Samoa. It was dedicated 5 August 1983. At that time, membership reached an estimated 40,000. Six new stakes were created in Samoa from 1994-96. Today, membership stands at more than 55,000 and more than one in four Samoans enjoy membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    The temple in Apia burned down in July 2003. The First Presidency announced a few days later that the temple would be rebuilt using current temple designs.

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    77,353

    Total Church Membership

    1

    Missions

    18

    Family History Centers

    145

    Congregations

    1

    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

    1,464

    Congregations

    11

    Temples

    Asia

    1,111,204

    Total Church Membership

    42

    Missions

    321

    Family History Centers

    1,968

    Congregations

    7

    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

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    150

    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