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    284,780

    Total Church Membership

    1.69% 1-in-60

    Population vs. Church Members

    51

    Stakes

    1010101010

    436

    Congregations

    297 Wards
    139 Branches

    84

    Family History Centers

    84

    2

    Temples

    7

    Missions | 12 Districts

    History

    John F. O’Donnal, a Church member from the United States, moved to Guatemala in 1942 and foresaw a day when the gospel would be preached to the country’s native peoples. After World War II, he petitioned President George Albert Smith to send missionaries to the country. John’s wife, Carmen Galvez O’Donnal, soon became the first Guatemalan to be baptized. In 1956 missionaries began to study Mayan languages, fulfilling O’Donnal’s dream.

    By 1962 there were over 10,000 Guatemalan Latter-day Saints in the cities and the highlands. Many of these faithful Latter-day Saints made great sacrifices to attend the Mesa Arizona Temple. They returned “endowed with power from on high” and prepared to build up the Church among Guatemala’s many ethnic and language groups (Doctrine and Covenants 38:32–33). As the Church expanded throughout the country, Guatemalans developed programs such as Gospel Essentials classes, which would come to benefit the Church throughout the world. In 1984 Saints filled to capacity 11 dedicatory sessions for the Guatemala City Guatemala Temple.
     

    Over the course of the Church’s history in Guatemala, Saints have served and supported one another through natural disasters, civil strife, and economic struggles. Countless Guatemalan Saints have sought to develop new skills to bless their families and communities and to administer to the poor and needy (see Doctrine and Covenants 38:35).

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    Guatemala City,
    Guatemala
    Phone:  502-2327-2374

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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