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    The first Spanish member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was Melitón Trejo from Extremadura (in about 1870). Trejo emigrated to Utah, where he aided in the first translation into Spanish of portions of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. He later accompanied the first Church missionary expedition to enter Mexico.

    The next known Spanish conversions occurred in 1966, in association with two American congregations that were meeting for Sunday worship. The Spain Religious Liberty Law, passed in 1967, paved the way for the organization of the Madrid Branch (a small congregation) in February 1968. Some 40 people attended, including Spanish wives of American servicemen, other Spanish-speaking members, and investigators. Official recognition for the Church in Spain was formalized in October 1968. A mission was organized in July 1970. During this period, many Spanish-speaking members from other nations were transferred by their businesses to Spain and helped to strengthen new congregations. By 1974, 620 members met in 17 congregations.

    President Gordon B. Hinckley, First Counselor in the First Presidency, visited King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia in March 1992 and gave them a copy of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, a companion scripture to the Bible. Church members in Spain have been involved in a number of humanitarian service projects including donations of food to Bosnia in 1993; concerts of the Madrid Chorus "Alma 29" for the benefit of "Cáritas," UNICEF, and "Aldeas Infantiles" (1996-97). FENADOSE awarded the Church the 1996 National Merit for Blood Donations in Spain in March 1997.

     

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    56,496

    Total Church Membership

    3

    Missions

    58

    Family History Centers

    139

    Congregations

    1

    Temples

    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

    18

    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

    65,915

    Missionaries

    407

    Missions

    14

    Training Centers

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    Temples

    160

    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

    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

    5,100

    Family History Centers

    140

    Countries with Family History Centers