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    Iceland

    288

    Total Church Membership

    0.08% 1-in-1186

    Population vs. Church Members

    3

    Congregations

    0 Wards
    3 Branches

    1

    Family History Centers

    1

    History

    Converted in Denmark while learning trades, Thorarinn Thorason and Gudmund Gudmundson of Iceland were baptized in 1851. They returned to Iceland that year and began preaching on Westmann Island, where several more people joined the Church.

    After other missionaries arrived in 1853, Johann P. Lorentzen arrived and ordained Gudmundson an elder, baptized more converts, and organized a branch (a small congregation) on June 19, 1853. Soon after, nearly all the members emigrated to the United States.

    In 1879, a Church pamphlet was translated, printed in Denmark, and distributed in Iceland. An Icelandic Mission was organized for a short time, from about 1894 until after 1900. Proselytizing was discontinued in 1914. Missionary work resumed in Iceland in 1975 under the direction of the Denmark Copenhagen Mission, building on the efforts of Latter-day Saint servicemen who had been stationed in Iceland.

    A branch was organized at Reykjavik on August 8, 1976, with about 10 members. A year later, it had grown to more than 40 members. The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ was translated into Icelandic in 1980. By 1986, membership had reached 180.

    Ground was broken in March of 1999 for the first meetinghouse in Iceland. The meetinghouse was dedicated in July 2000.

     

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    Reykjavik,
    Iceland
    Phone:  +354-690-6075

     

    Africa

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    621,448

    Members

    2,150

    Congregations

    Missions

    34Missions

    Family History Centers

    329

    Temples

    3Temples

    Asia

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    1,206,148

    Members

    2,139

    Congregations

    Missions

    45Missions

    Family History Centers

    349

    Temples

    8Temples

    Europe

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    493,970

    Members

    1,382

    Congregations

    Missions

    34Missions

    Family History Centers

    645

    Temples

    12Temples

    North America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    9,336,465

    Members

    18,071

    Congregations

    Missions

    182Missions

    Family History Centers

    2,542

    Temples

    109Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    562,341

    Members

    1,253

    Congregations

    Missions

    17Missions

    Family History Centers

    302

    Temples

    10Temples

    South America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    4,093,363

    Members

    5,541

    Congregations

    Missions

    95Missions

    Family History Centers

    971

    Temples

    17Temples