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    595,526

    Total Church Membership

    3.3% 1-in-31

    Population vs. Church Members

    77

    Stakes

    10101010101010

    590

    Congregations

    430 Wards
    160 Branches

    100

    Family History Centers

    100

    2

    Temples

    10

    Missions | 16 Districts

    History

    Church President David O. McKay visited expatriate Church members in Santiago in 1954. On May 26, 1956, Chile became part of the Argentine Mission, and the first Chilean branch (a small congregation) was organized in Santiago on July 5.

    The Chile Mission was organized on October 8, 1961, with 1,100 members. When the first stake (diocese) was organized 11 years later, with Carlos A. Cifuentes as president, membership had grown to more than 20,000 members.

    The Santiago Chile Temple was dedicated September 14, 1983, and at that time there were some 140,000 members of the Church in Chile. On October 29, 1988, Chile became the fourth country in the world to reach 50 stakes.

    At the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the Santiago Temple in 1993, it was noted that Chile, with the fastest growing Church membership in South America, had doubled in membership and in the number of stakes during that decade. Continued growth, including the creation of 26 new stakes from 1994-96, led to the creation of the Chile Area in 1996. In November of that year, Church President Gordon B. Hinckley spoke to some 48,000 members in Santiago, one of the largest gatherings of members in South America.

     

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    Africa

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    621,448

    Members

    2,150

    Congregations

    Missions

    34Missions

    Family History Centers

    329

    Temples

    3Temples

    Asia

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    1,206,148

    Members

    2,139

    Congregations

    Missions

    45Missions

    Family History Centers

    349

    Temples

    8Temples

    Europe

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    493,970

    Members

    1,382

    Congregations

    Missions

    34Missions

    Family History Centers

    645

    Temples

    12Temples

    North America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    9,336,465

    Members

    18,071

    Congregations

    Missions

    182Missions

    Family History Centers

    2,542

    Temples

    110Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    562,341

    Members

    1,253

    Congregations

    Missions

    17Missions

    Family History Centers

    302

    Temples

    10Temples

    South America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    4,093,363

    Members

    5,541

    Congregations

    Missions

    95Missions

    Family History Centers

    971

    Temples

    17Temples