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    Switzerland Click here for the Switzerland Mormon Newsroom

    9,002

    Total Church Membership

    0.11% 1-in-941

    Population vs. Church Members

    5

    Stakes

    36

    Congregations

    28 Wards
    8 Branches

    14

    Family History Centers

    14

    1

    Temples

    History

    Missionary work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began in Switzerland on November 24, 1850. A Church publication, the Millennial Star, reported that 20 converts were baptized in 1851, but many Church members emigrated to America up until the 1950s.

    Today members total approximately 8,000, with many coming from second, third, and fourth generations of Church members in Switzerland. Forty congregations meet in 27 meetinghouses. These meetinghouses serve as the location for Church activities of all kinds. In addition to sacrament meetings, Primary classes for children, and meetings for women and youth groups, there are sport activities, such as table tennis, basketball, and volleyball. Additionally, there are cultural events, such as dancing, musical, and theatrical performances.

    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.

    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.

    The first Church temple built in Europe was completed in Zollikofen, near Bern, September 11, 1955. Initially, it served Church members throughout Western Europe and the Nordic countries. Considered "houses of the Lord," and distinct from meetinghouses, temples allow faithful Church members to carry out various ordinances such as marriages, baptisms, and other sacred ceremonies. The temple was later remodeled and rededicated by future Church President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency in October 1992. In 1994, Switzerland was the first country President Howard W. Hunter visited as new Church President.

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    Matthias Weidmann

    NDPA (National Director for Public Affairs) Reservoirstr. 9 
    8442 Hettlingen
    Tel: 079 430 30 91
    Fax: 052 316 30 94

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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

    12Temples

    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