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    Ecuador Click here to visit the Ecuador Mormon Newsroom

    258,314

    Total Church Membership

    1.46% 1-in-69

    Population vs. Church Members

    42

    Stakes

    10101010

    315

    Congregations

    262 Wards
    53 Branches

    57

    Family History Centers

    57

    1

    Temples

    6

    Missions | 5 Districts

    History

    In 1965, as the first missionaries arrived in Ecuador, Elder Spencer W. Kimball of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles expressed his belief that teaching the descendants of ancient Andean Indians would help fulfill God’s promise to bring the Book of Mormon to the Lamanites (see Enos 1:16). Over the next few years, Kimball traveled to Ecuador many times to encourage members and preach the gospel. In addition to Church centers in Quito and Guayaquil, the Church soon established a strong presence among indigenous Otavalans. Missionaries began preaching in the Kichwa language in the 1970s, and the Church published a Kichwa translation of selections from the Book of Mormon in 1980.
     

    The first stake in Ecuador was organized in 1978. Just four years later, plans to construct a temple in Guayaquil were announced. As various logistical difficulties delayed the groundbreaking and construction of the temple, Ecuadorian Saints continued to build up the Church and prepare for a temple. In 1999, when the temple was finally dedicated, there were roughly 150,000 Latter-day Saints in the country.

    Church members have ministered to each other and to their communities both physically and spiritually, offering service, shelter, and aid in the wake of natural disasters as an expression of discipleship. By 2018 there were over 300 congregations in the country, with a Church presence in every major city and many rural areas.

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    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