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    130,260

    Total Church Membership

    0.1% 1-in-967

    Population vs. Church Members

    25

    Stakes

    1010

    251

    Congregations

    152 Wards
    99 Branches

    65

    Family History Centers

    65

    3

    Temples

    6

    Missions | 13 Districts

    History

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints first sent missionaries to Japan in 1901. Although political tension closed the Japan Mission between 1924 and 1948, members of the Church continued to practice their faith, share the gospel, and build the Church in Japan. When the Church returned to Japan at the end of World War II, a small group of faithful Japanese converts, few having been baptized, were found meeting together regularly.

    Since World War II, the Church in Japan has experienced gradual yet steady advancement. The Japanese Saints have shown great devotion to the restored gospel. In 1965, many sacrificed time and wages to travel to the temple in Hawaii. In the 1970s, this devotion led to the construction of a temple in Tokyo—the first temple in Asia and the first of three in Japan. Japanese Saints today make important contributions to their communities and nation. For example, in 2011, after the East Japan earthquake and tsunami devastated many areas, Japanese Saints spent many hours distributing relief supplies and helping their neighbors to repair the damage.

    The history of the Church in Japan is one of conviction that transcends national boundaries and political disagreements. The faith of the Japanese Saints testifies of the power of the restored gospel to bind us as “fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19).

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    Takanori Mochizuki
    Tokyo, Japan

    Office: +81-3-3440-5689

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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