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    Benin

    4,018

    Total Church Membership

    0.03% 1-in-2938

    Population vs. Church Members

    1

    Stakes

    19

    Congregations

    7 Wards
    12 Branches

    1

    Family History Centers

    1

    1

    Missions | 1 Districts

    History

    In the late 1990s, a small group of Beninese began meeting in the home of Lincoln Dahl, a Latter-day Saint working in the American embassy in Cotonou, to partake of the sacrament and study the scriptures. When Dahl left Benin in 1997, Mathias Egoku, a Nigerian member of the Church living in Benin, led the group, which was beginning to grow. Two years later, missionaries from the Côte d’Ivoire Abidjan Mission began teaching the gospel over the phone to interested people in Cotonou. No baptisms, however, could be performed until after the Church was officially recognized in the country.

    In 2003 the Church received formal recognition in Benin, and two years later, the first branch was organized in Cotonou with Egoku as president. Other branches soon followed. The Saints in Benin answered the charge to “labor in my vineyard, and to build up my church, and to bring forth Zion” (Doctrine and Covenants 39:13). The Church in Benin grew quickly. Just three years after the first branch was established, three branches had been organized. In 2012 a district was created in Cotonou and, just four years later, the district became the first stake in Benin. Latter-day Saints in Benin continue to share the gospel and to reach out in love to their community.

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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