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    South Korea Click here for the South Korea Mormon Newsroom

    88,603

    Total Church Membership

    0.17% 1-in-585

    Population vs. Church Members

    12

    Stakes

    10

    100

    Congregations

    60 Wards
    40 Branches

    18

    Family History Centers

    18

    1

    Temples

    3

    Missions | 5 Districts

    History

    Beginning in the 1940s, Latter-day Saints serving in the United States military began holding meetings in South Korea, but little preaching was done among the Korean people. In 1951 Kim Ho Jik, who had been baptized in the United States, returned to Korea and began working with servicemen to preach the gospel to those in his country. Even as the Korean War raged, many were baptized. A year after the war ended in 1953, a Korean-speaking Sunday School was organized. By the mid-1960s, thousands had accepted the restored gospel and were working to build the Church in their homeland, and the Book of Mormon had been published in Korean. In 1973 the Seoul Korea Stake, the first stake in mainland Asia, was organized.

    Korean Saints had a strong desire to participate in temple ordinances for themselves and their ancestors. Traveling outside the country to attend the temple was difficult for most Saints. Instead, they longed for a temple in Korea. In 1980, at the dedication of the Tokyo Japan Temple, Han In Sang, an early Korean convert, offered a prayer for a temple to be built in Korea. The prayers of Korean Saints were answered the following year when construction of a temple in Seoul was announced. In December 1985 the Seoul Korea Temple was dedicated.

    The Saints of Korea have consistently served each other and their neighbors. They have reached out to individuals both in their congregations and in their wider communities, responded to natural disasters, and served the millions who visited the country during the 2018 Winter Olympics. Korean Saints have demonstrated their faith in the principle that service to their neighbors is service to their God (see Mosiah 2:17).

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    Dong Chol Beh
    Seoul,
    South Korea
    Mobile:  +82-16-9212-7188
    Phone:  +82-2-530-9504

    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