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    39,724

    Total Church Membership

    0.05% 1-in-2093

    Population vs. Church Members

    14

    Stakes

    10

    150

    Congregations

    94 Wards
    56 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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    Dr. Ralf Grünke

    Europe Area Public Affairs Office

    Phone: +49 69 54802265

    Mobile: +49 176 14492265

    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