Facts and Statistics

    France

    Apostle John Taylor was called on a mission to France in October 1849. The first congregation of six members was organized in April 1850 in Boulogne-sur-Mer. By July 24, 1853, nine branches (small congregations) had been formed with 337 members including 289 from the Channel Islands.

    After World War II, as reconstruction had begun and Church humanitarian relief efforts had been mobilized, missionaries were once more sent into France and membership began to increase. In 1955, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir made its historic tour of Europe, performing in the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. At the time, Church membership in the nation was only about 1,500. France's first meetinghouse was completed in Nantes in 1962. By 1974, 29 French members were serving as missionaries for the Church.

    Membership in 1975 was 10,000, and in 1985 it was 16,500. Today, members total more than 30,000, many of them second, third, and fourth generation Latter-day Saints. Church members in France are organized into seven stakes (dioceses) that meet in 115 meetinghouses. These meetinghouses serve as the location for Church activities of all kinds. In addition to sacrament meetings, Primary classes for children, religious education programs for youth and young adults, 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.

    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. The famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed in Strasbourg in 1991 and in Marseille in 1998.

    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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    38,383

    Total Church Membership

    2

    Missions

    67

    Family History Centers

    108

    Congregations

    1

    Temples

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    North America

    9,164,419

    Total Church Membership

    192

    Missions

    2,811

    Family History Centers

    18,164

    Congregations

    109

    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

    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

    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

    159

    Temples

    Education

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    4

    Universities & Colleges

    404,270

    Seminary Students Enrollment

    357,760

    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

    5,003

    Family History Centers

    138

    Countries with Family History Centers