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    Kenya Click here for the Kenya Mormon Newsroom

    15,912

    Total Church Membership

    0.03% 1-in-3380

    Population vs. Church Members

    2

    Stakes

    56

    Congregations

    13 Wards
    43 Branches

    5

    Family History Centers

    5

    1

    Missions | 6 Districts

    History

    American USAID employees and families serving in Kenya in the 1970s held Church services in their own homes. The first African converts in Kenya were baptized in 1979. The first two missionaries, Elder Farrell and Sister Blanch McGhie, arrived in 1980, and in 1981 two branches (small congregations) were created in Nairobi and Kiboko. The Church received official recognition in 1991, and that same year missionary headquarters were established in Nairobi.

    In 1988 the Church donated funds that were collected by means of special fasts to bring water to 15 Kenyan villages located 100 miles from Nairobi. The water systems were installed by 1989. In 1992 the Church provided food staples to Somalian and Kenyan refugees affected by severe drought conditions.

    On 21 October 1992 a six-acre plot of Church land was planted under the direction of Church agronomist Joel K. Ransom, and a self-help project was expanded later to property owned by members. This resulted in the harvesting of vital crops.

    By 1994 four districts, with several branches each, had been created and large congregations attended many of the meetings. Two of these districts were later dissolved. The first meetinghouse was completed in July 1994 for the Longata Branch in Nairobi.

    A Church humanitarian community water project in 1994 provided personal water taps to hundreds of families. In February 1998 President Gordon B. Hinckley became the first Church president to visit Eastern Africa. He spoke to 900 members who had gathered from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Somalia.

    The Nairobi Kenya Stake was organized on 9 September 2001, the first stake in Kenya.

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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