Facts and Statistics

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    Solomon Islands

    The Solomon Islands were dedicated for the preaching of the gospel and missionary work on 10 March 1987, by Elder James E. Faust of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He was accompanied by his wife and Elder and Sister John Sonnenberg of the Pacific Area Presidency. They went to Henderson Field at 5:15 in the morning and in the area of the four monuments, dedicated the Solomon Islands for the work of the Church.

    Imo Ta'asi had been baptized the previous year at the Church-owned Brigham Young University, in the United States, and Peter Joseph Salaka, a member of Parliament, had been baptized the previous year in England by Ed Pinegar. The first missionaries in the islands were Elder E. Crawford Jones and his wife, Sister Judith Jones, of Moses Lake, Washington, United States. They arrived in the islands in February, 1995.

    President John Gibson of the Papua New Guinea Mission later sent two pidgin-speaking Polynesian missionaries from Papua New Guinea, Elder Glenn R. Cockburn from New Zealand and Elder Sa Francis Togia from Australia. These two missionaries began the first missionary work to the people of the Solomon Islands in their own language.

    The first sacrament meeting was held in Honiara on 5 February 1995. President John Gibson, Elder and Sister Jones, and Robert Bera were the four in attendance on this day. On 26 April 1995, President Gibson met with the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Solomon Mamaloni, and presented him with a framed painting of Jesus Christ with the inscription "To the Government and People of the Solomon Islands from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." He also presented to him a specially-inscribed copy of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

    The Honiara Branch (a small congregation) of the Solomon Islands District of the Papua New Guinea Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was formally organized on 4 February 1996. Sixty-two people were present that day including 17 baptized members of the Church. In 1987, there were only three Latter-day Saints in the Solomon Islands. By 1998, there were almost 100 members. The Church continues to grow and bless the lives of the people of the Solomon Islands.

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    952

    Total Church Membership

    5

    Congregations

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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

    11

    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

    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

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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