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    Latvia Click here for the Latvia Mormon Newsroom

    1,257

    Total Church Membership

    0.07% 1-in-1513

    Population vs. Church Members

    5

    Congregations

    0 Wards
    5 Branches

    3

    Family History Centers

    3

    1

    Missions | 1 Districts

    History

    Although Mischa Markow preached the gospel in Rīga in 1903, a lasting Church presence in Latvia was not established until 1992, when Gvido and Velga Senkāns moved to Rīga, followed shortly by the first missionaries. On March 17, 1992, James E. Faust of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated Latvia for the preaching of the gospel. Two months later, the first branch was organized.

    Additional branches, both Latvian- and Russian-speaking, were organized over the next decade. In 2001 the Book of Mormon was published in Latvian, and a ceremony was held for the groundbreaking of the first Church-constructed meetinghouse in the country. Latvian Saints have worshipped together, supported each other, and contributed to their communities through regular service projects, keeping their baptismal covenant to “comfort those that stand in need of comfort” (Mosiah 18:9). By 2019 there were roughly 1,000 Latter-day Saints in Latvia, with branches in Rīga, Liepāja, and Daugavpils.

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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