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    2,398

    Total Church Membership

    1-in-

    7

    Congregations

    0 Wards
    7 Branches

    4

    FamilySearch Centers

    4

    1

    Missions

    History

    Latter-day Saints have labored to establish the Church in Bulgaria since 1900, when Mischa Markow and Argir Dimitrov first preached, with no success, in Sofia. Over the next several decades, numerous Bulgarians accepted baptism overseas. In 1988, Church leaders met with government officials to discuss establishing the Church in Bulgaria, but the Church was not officially registered in Bulgaria until the 1990s.

    In 1991, following a change in Bulgaria’s government, Nevenka and Kiril Kiriakov returned to their homeland to preside over the first mission in Bulgaria. Early members exerted tremendous energy to officially register the Church with the government, translate teaching materials and sacred texts, fulfill callings in fledgling branches and districts, and share the gospel with others. They “labored without ceasing” to “bring souls unto repentance; … that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost” (Alma 36:24).

    The Book of Mormon was published in Bulgarian in 1999, and meetinghouses were dedicated in Sofia and Plovdiv in 2000 and 2001. Bulgarian Saints have sought opportunities to build meaningful relationships in their communities. In 2003, a locally-produced documentary about the lives of Saints in Bulgaria was shown on national television, and in 2014, Bulgarian Saints assisted in cleanup efforts following devastating flooding.

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    Africa

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    791,837

    Members

    2,559

    Congregations

    Missions

    40Missions

    FamilySearch Centers

    421

    Temples

    6Temples

    Asia

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    1,281,560

    Members

    2,103

    Congregations

    Missions

    45Missions

    FamilySearch Centers

    368

    Temples

    8Temples

    Europe

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    503,692

    Members

    1,318

    Congregations

    Missions

    36Missions

    FamilySearch Centers

    660

    Temples

    14Temples

    North America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    9,551,107

    Members

    18,426

    Congregations

    Missions

    175Missions

    FamilySearch Centers

    2,819

    Temples

    113Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    591,950

    Members

    1,308

    Congregations

    Missions

    18Missions

    FamilySearch Centers

    317

    Temples

    11Temples

    South America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    4,269,273

    Members

    5,616

    Congregations

    Missions

    97Missions

    FamilySearch Centers

    1,119

    Temples

    24Temples