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    39,456

    Total Church Membership

    0.05% 1-in-2110

    Population vs. Church Members

    14

    Stakes

    10

    149

    Congregations

    94 Wards
    55 Branches

    97

    Family History Centers

    97

    2

    Temples

    3

    Missions

    History

    “There is a great work to be done in Germany,” Elder Orson Hyde of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles wrote in 1840. Over the next decade, however, Hyde and other missionaries found little success preaching on German soil. In 1851 Elder John Taylor, George P. Dykes, and George Viett organized a small branch in Hamburg, and the Book of Mormon, translated by Dykes and Viett, was published in 1852. For nearly two decades many converts, fleeing harassment, moved to the United States; few Saints remained in Germany by the 1860s. In 1868 Karl G. Maeser, a convert from Dresden, became president of the Swiss and German Mission. Maeser called local members as branch leaders, began publishing Der Stern (a newspaper for German-speaking Saints), and established a permanent Church presence in Germany.

    In the 20th century, amid the ravages of two world wars and a devastating global depression, the Church flourished in Germany. Some German Saints, seeking economic opportunity elsewhere, established branches in Europe and South America while many others stayed, supported one another, and accepted calls to preach the gospel. Through World War II and the dividing of the nation into East and West, Saints continued to “meet together oft … to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls” (Moroni 6:5). Stakes were established and buildings constructed in both West and East Germany. Temples were dedicated in both Freiberg in the east and Frankfurt in the west before German reunification in 1990. German Saints continue to reach out in love and service to their neighbors and contribute to the leadership and development of the Church throughout the world.

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    Europe Area Public Affairs Office

    Phone: +49 69 54802265

    Mobile: +49 176 14492265

    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