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    Ireland

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    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints first arrived in Ireland in the summer of 1840 with the arrival of Elder John Taylor of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in Newry.

    Two months later, the first congregation was established in Hillsborough with 35 members and by 1842 there were 71 members reported in Hillsborough and Crawfordsburn. In 1850, a Church unit was set up in the city of Dublin followed by others in Counties Westmeath, Offaly and Limerick.

    However, with the encouragement of the Church, the majority of members emigrated to the United States and it was not until the early 1900s that another branch was organised in Dublin, made up largely of German immigrants, many of whom were pork butchers.

    Earlier, in 1865, Charles A. Callis had been born in Dublin. Later in his life, he became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Ireland is one of only six countries outside the United States where a Mormon apostle has been born.

    Emigration continued for the first half of the 20th century and it was not until the 1960s that the Church began to experience serious growth with an increase in membership from less than a thousand at the beginning of the decade to around four thousand at the end. Most of this development took place in Northern Ireland.   

    Today, the Church in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has more than 8,000 members, many of whom are third or fourth generation. Hundreds of them have served (or are serving) missions in many lands across the world. The Church is now organised and well-established in congregations that can be found throughout the island.

    Contacts

    John Connolly
    Director of Public Affairs, Ireland
    Email
    Phone: +35385 1561873

    Terry McKenna
    Director of Public Affairs, Northern Ireland
    Email
    Phone: +44790 5978497

    3,903

    Total Church Membership

    3

    Family History Centers

    13

    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

    17

    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

    67,049

    Missionaries

    421

    Missions

    15

    Training Centers

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    Temples

    159

    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

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    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