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    Macau

    1,449

    Total Church Membership

    1-in-

    3

    Congregations

    0 Wards
    3 Branches

    1

    Family History Centers

    1

    History

    President Jay A. Quealy of the Southern Far East Mission and Elder Gordon B. Hinckley of the Quorum of the Twelve (one of the highest governing bodies of the Church) visited Macau in April 1964. A short time later, in July, the first two missionaries, Darryl Thomander and Gilbert Montano, arrived. Steven Lau was the first person baptized in the colony in August 1964. Three more people were baptized one week later, and the missionaries started holding worship meetings.

    Church meetings were suspended in December 1964 because the Church lacked a license from the Portuguese government to conduct religious activities. Legal recognition had still not been granted in September 1965, at which time the missionaries were banned from proselyting.

    Four full-time missionaries returned to Macau in September 1976 after a constitutional amendment had been passed allowing religions to hold meetings, teach, and preach. One year later the Hong Kong Mission reported that the work in Macau was developing quickly, with 300-400 percent attendance at Church meetings. The Macau Branch (a small congregation) was organized in January 1977.

    The Macau Branch was divided in May 1998. Cantonese-speaking members attended the 1st Branch and English speakers attended the 2nd Branch. The Macau 3rd Branch was organized in March 2001 to serve the needs of the Mandarin speakers. Macau reverted from Portuguese to Chinese control in December 1999 but continued to enjoy religious freedom.

     

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    Africa

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    578,944

    Members

    2,010

    Congregations

    Missions

    32Missions

    Family History Centers

    281

    Temples

    3Temples

    Asia

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    1,181,411

    Members

    2,124

    Congregations

    Missions

    44Missions

    Family History Centers

    336

    Temples

    8Temples

    Europe

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    512,269

    Members

    1,408

    Congregations

    Missions

    42Missions

    Family History Centers

    704

    Temples

    13Temples

    North America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    9,254,663

    Members

    18,167

    Congregations

    Missions

    192Missions

    Family History Centers

    2,530

    Temples

    109Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    552,825

    Members

    1,251

    Congregations

    Missions

    18Missions

    Family History Centers

    299

    Temples

    10Temples

    South America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    4,038,057

    Members

    5,546

    Congregations

    Missions

    94Missions

    Family History Centers

    941

    Temples

    17Temples