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    2,395

    Total Church Membership

    0.03% 1-in-2896

    Population vs. Church Members

    7

    Congregations

    0 Wards
    7 Branches

    4

    Family History 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.

    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