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    38,200

    Total Church Membership

    0.06% 1-in-1765

    Population vs. Church Members

    10

    Stakes

    10

    108

    Congregations

    68 Wards
    40 Branches

    73

    Family History Centers

    73

    1

    Temples

    2

    Missions

    History

    When missionaries first arrived in France in 1849, they found interested listeners among religious dissenters and cultural outsiders. One early convert, Louis Bertrand, would lead the French Mission until it closed in 1864. Missionaries returned to France in 1908, but world wars and economic hardship limited the Church’s presence for the next four decades. Faithful French Saints such as Léon Fargier and Eveline Kleinert helped carry the Church through the difficulties of World War II.

    After the war, the Church established a stronger foundation in France. Church President David O. McKay announced that a temple where ceremonies would be performed in French would be built in Switzerland, the Church gained legal recognition in France, and Church literature was translated and published in French. During the 1960s, Church membership increased fivefold as missionaries and members worked to spread the gospel. In 1975, the first stake in France was organized in Paris. Though the laborers in France have often been few, the harvest has indeed been great (see Luke 10:2).
     

    Since the 1970s, French Saints have prayed for a temple in their own country. In 2011, Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church, announced that a temple would be built near Paris. Members in the area held open houses to help their neighbors understand the temple project. The Paris France Temple was dedicated in May 2017.

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    Africa

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    736,701

    Members

    2,476

    Congregations

    Missions

    39Missions

    Family History Centers

    343

    Temples

    5Temples

    Asia

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    1,259,094

    Members

    2,110

    Congregations

    Missions

    45Missions

    Family History Centers

    363

    Temples

    8Temples

    Europe

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    500,239

    Members

    1,350

    Congregations

    Missions

    34Missions

    Family History Centers

    658

    Temples

    14Temples

    North America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    9,489,479

    Members

    18,476

    Congregations

    Missions

    174Missions

    Family History Centers

    2,621

    Temples

    112Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    587,462

    Members

    1,301

    Congregations

    Missions

    18Missions

    Family History Centers

    314

    Temples

    10Temples

    South America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    4,232,425

    Members

    5,602

    Congregations

    Missions

    97Missions

    Family History Centers

    1,106

    Temples

    21Temples