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    44,510

    Total Church Membership

    0.43% 1-in-232

    Population vs. Church Members

    6

    Stakes

    68

    Congregations

    30 Wards
    38 Branches

    24

    Family History Centers

    24

    2

    Missions | 4 Districts

    History

    The first Church meetings held in Portugal were among the United States Armed Forces stationed there in the early 1970s. Later in 1974, Church President Spencer W. Kimball visited Portugal and received confirmation that the Church would be recognized and that missionaries could begin work in the country.

    In November 1974, Elder William Grant Bangerter of the Seventy arrived in Lisbon to preside over the newly created Portugal Lisbon Mission. Four missionaries were transferred from a mission in Brazil to begin the work. The earliest Church meetings were held in the home of a Canadian embassy member living in Portugal.

    By July 1975, there were 100 Portuguese Latter-day Saints, and by July 1978, membership had reached 1,000. Today more than 38,000 Church members live in Portugal, organized into dozens of local congregations. These congregations, called wards and branches, serve as the center for all local Church activities, including Sunday worship services and classes for children, youth and young adults, and men and women. Weekday activities provide opportunities for additional instruction, social events, and cultural offerings such as dancing, musical and theatrical performance and sports.

    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.

    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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    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