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    83,740

    Total Church Membership

    151.4% 1-in-1

    Population vs. Church Members

    20

    Stakes

    1010

    162

    Congregations

    151 Wards
    11 Branches

    20

    Family History Centers

    20

    1

    Temples

    1

    Missions

    History

    In 1863 Kimo Pelio and Samuela Manoa—two missionaries sent from Hawai‘i—brought the restored gospel to the Samoan Islands. Due to disruptions in the Church in Hawai‘i, the additional missionaries they expected never arrived, but both chose to remain on the islands. In 1888 Joseph and Florence Dean arrived to formally open a mission. By 1900, when Samoa was divided into a western, German-governed territory and an eastern, American-governed territory, there were over 1,000 Latter-day Saints in the islands.

    In the early 1900s, in addition to teaching the gospel, the Church organized schools—at different times in English, German, and Samoan—and established the community of Sauniatu. Latter-day Saints ministered to each other during the devastating influenza pandemic of 1918 and showed their willingness to “mourn with those that mourn” (Mosiah 18:9) when one-fifth of the country’s population died.
     

    In the years after World War II, the Church put greater focus on developing local leaders, and many Samoans learned Church leadership and career skills while serving as labor missionaries. In 1962 Samoa became one of the first countries outside the United States to have a stake; in 1974 it became the first country organized entirely into stakes, with no small districts. The Apia Samoa Temple was dedicated in 1983. After a 2003 fire the temple was rebuilt and rededicated.

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    Africa

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    666,508

    Members

    2,327

    Congregations

    Missions

    35Missions

    Family History Centers

    343

    Temples

    4Temples

    Asia

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    1,230,515

    Members

    2,130

    Congregations

    Missions

    44Missions

    Family History Centers

    354

    Temples

    8Temples

    Europe

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    497,436

    Members

    1,374

    Congregations

    Missions

    34Missions

    Family History Centers

    654

    Temples

    14Temples

    North America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    9,419,307

    Members

    18,256

    Congregations

    Missions

    173Missions

    Family History Centers

    2,543

    Temples

    110Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    572,895

    Members

    1,283

    Congregations

    Missions

    17Missions

    Family History Centers

    304

    Temples

    10Temples

    South America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    4,178,375

    Members

    5,570

    Congregations

    Missions

    95Missions

    Family History Centers

    1,000

    Temples

    21Temples