Facts and Statistics

    South Africa

    The first missionaries to South Africa arrived in April 1853, and in August, the first congregation was organized four miles from Cape Town. Two years later, there were three congregations totaling nearly 130 members. Missionaries were not sent to South Africa from 1865 to 1903 because of government restrictions and the inability to speak the Afrikaans language. A few years after missionaries returned to South Africa, the first Church building was built in Mowbray in 1916-17.

    An area conference was held for the first time in October 1978, attended by 3,450 of the 7,200 members living in South Africa, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), and South West Africa (Namibia). In February 1992, another conference was held in Johannesburg with 4,200 in attendance, including a youth choir of 140. In February 1996, another regional conference had more than 5,000 in attendance with a choir of more than 100 local singers. Today, members of all origins work together to overcome cultural barriers that have been prevalent in South African society.

     

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    South Africa
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    Phone:  27 11 969 2113
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    64,123

    Total Church Membership

    4

    Missions

    72

    Family History Centers

    177

    Congregations

    1

    Temples

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    North America

    9,164,419

    Total Church Membership

    192

    Missions

    2,811

    Family History Centers

    18,164

    Congregations

    109

    Temples

    South America

    3,969,757

    Total Church Membership

    94

    Missions

    937

    Family History Centers

    5,527

    Congregations

    17

    Temples

    Europe

    511,491

    Total Church Membership

    44

    Missions

    767

    Family History Centers

    1,452

    Congregations

    12

    Temples

    Asia

    1,132,501

    Total Church Membership

    42

    Missions

    328

    Family History Centers

    1,982

    Congregations

    8

    Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    541,968

    Total Church Membership

    18

    Missions

    328

    Family History Centers

    1,243

    Congregations

    10

    Temples

    Africa

    539,524

    Total Church Membership

    31

    Missions

    274

    Family History Centers

    1,792

    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

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was formally organized in a small log cabin in upstate New York in 1830. It took 117 years — until 1947 — for the Church to grow from the initial six members to one million. Learn More

    15,882,417

    Total Church Membership

    188

    Published Languages

    30,304

    Congregations

    Missionary Program

    The Church's missionary program is one of its most recognized characteristics. Mormon missionaries can be seen on the streets of hundreds of major cities in the world. Learn More

    70,946

    Missionaries

    422

    Missions

    15

    Missionary Training Centers

    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)

    Temples

    Temples are not regular places of Sunday worship for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Learn More

    159

    Temples

    Education

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    4

    Universities & Colleges

    404,270

    Seminary Students Enrollment

    357,760

    Institute Student Enrollment

    Genealogy

    Genealogy is more than learning about one’s family history for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Latter-day Saints believe families can be together after this life. Learn More

    5,003

    Family History Centers

    138

    Countries with Family History Centers