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    Georgia

    Natives of Georgia, Roman and Nana Amirkhanashvili were baptized in Hanover, Germany in 1996. Shortly after their baptisms, they returned to Georgia. An American couple, John and Rebecca Dockery, who were working at the U.S. Embassy in T’blisi, met with the Amirkhanashvilis for Sunday worship services until returning to the United States in 1998. The Amirkhanashvilis eventually immigrated to the United States. However, Latter-day Saint involvement in Georgia goes back to the late 1980s.

    Doris S. Platt, a Latter-day Saint living in Utah, befriended a Georgian woman, Maya Kavtatadze, who was visiting Utah in 1987. While visiting her Georgian friend in 1992, Platt became aware of Georgia’s meager and outdated firefighting equipment. She returned to Utah and was able to arrange for the donation of two retired fire trucks that were still in good working condition. National television broadcasts showed the fire trucks, with the Salt Lake City emblem still on the doors, responding to a bombing near Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze’s car in 1995.

    In June 1999, Philip and Betty Reber were assigned as the first missionary to serve in Georgia. They could not proselyte but served as humanitarian missionaries, answering questions about the Church when asked.

    While the Rebers were in Georgia, they met Vazha Natroshvili, a Georgian who had been baptized in Holland some years before. They began holding worship meetings in their home. People asked the Rebers why they were in Georgia, which gave the couple an opportunity to talk about the Church. Since the Church was not registered in Georgia, the first converts, the Mamasakhlisi family and an Armenian, Hike Bagdasaryan, were baptized in Yerevan Armenia, the closest mission location in September 1999.

    In September 2002, the T’blisi Branch (a small congregation) was organized. At the end of 2003, there were more than 60 Latter-day Saints in Georgia. Converts were now allowed to be baptized in Georgia, the first baptisms in Georgia were performed in September 2003.

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    268

    Total Church Membership

    1

    Family History Centers

    1

    Congregations

    North America

    9,253,590

    Total Church Membership

    192

    Missions

    2,866

    Family History Centers

    18,159

    Congregations

    109

    Temples

    South America

    4,038,045

    Total Church Membership

    94

    Missions

    979

    Family History Centers

    5,545

    Congregations

    18

    Temples

    Europe

    516,003

    Total Church Membership

    43

    Missions

    710

    Family History Centers

    1,422

    Congregations

    12

    Temples

    Asia

    1,155,764

    Total Church Membership

    42

    Missions

    333

    Family History Centers

    1,973

    Congregations

    8

    Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    552,825

    Total Church Membership

    18

    Missions

    338

    Family History Centers

    1,251

    Congregations

    10

    Temples

    Africa

    578,310

    Total Church Membership

    31

    Missions

    285

    Family History Centers

    2,004

    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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    16,118,169

    Total Church Membership

    188

    Published Languages

    30,506

    Congregations

    Missionary Program

    65,915

    Missionaries

    407

    Missions

    14

    Training Centers

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    Temples

    160

    Temples

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    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)

    Education

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints emphasizes the importance of continued secular and spiritual education Learn More

    4

    Universities & Colleges

    404,270

    Seminary Students Enrollment

    357,760

    Institute Student Enrollment

    Genealogy

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    5,100

    Family History Centers

    140

    Countries with Family History Centers