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    Czech Republic

    2,636

    Total Church Membership

    0.02% 1-in-4048

    Population vs. Church Members

    1

    Stakes

    12

    Congregations

    7 Wards
    5 Branches

    2

    Family History Centers

    2

    1

    Missions

    History

    Thomas Biesinger, the first missionary in what is now the Czech Republic, arrived in Prague in February 1884—and was arrested for unauthorized preaching. After nearly 70 days in prison, Biesinger baptized his only convert, Anthon Just, before leaving the city.

    Other Czechs in the Austro-Hungarian Empire joined the Church and returned to Czechoslovakia. After World War I, Františka Brodilová and her two daughters, who had joined the Church in Vienna, petitioned the Church to send missionaries to Prague. In 1928, Thomas Biesinger, now 84, traveled to Prague and obtained legal recognition for the Church. Czechoslovakia was soon dedicated, and the Czechoslovak Mission was organized.

    Members kept the faith through the difficult days of World War II and after the rise of the Communist Party in 1948. In 1950, the Church was banned by the government. For nearly 50 years, Church members were not allowed to openly practice their faith. Nevertheless, Church members met as frequently as possible, becoming “knit together in unity” (Mosiah 18:21), and found creative ways to share the gospel. Several members taught “Christian yoga” classes—a combination of gospel principles and yoga exerci­ses—leading to the conversion of 130 people.
     

    Since the reopening of the mission in 1991, membership in the Czech Republic has steadily grown. In 2016, the Prague Czech Republic Stake, the first in the Czech Republic, was created.

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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