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    5,278

    Total Church Membership

    0.05% 1-in-1848

    Population vs. Church Members

    1

    Stakes

    21

    Congregations

    5 Wards
    16 Branches

    13

    Family History Centers

    13

    1

    Missions | 2 Districts

    History

    The first missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to come to Hungary were elders Thomas Biessinger and Paul Hammer from the Swiss and German Mission, who arrived in 1885, but left after a month. The first known Hungarian citizen to be baptized was Mischa Markow from Hungary’s Banat region (now divided between Serbia and Romania), who joined the Church in 1887 while residing in Constantinople (now Istanbul).
     
    The first Hungarian member to serve a mission in Hungary was Elder Mihály Marjalaky (aka Michael Marialaky), a native of Debrecen, who had lived in the US since 1873 and joined the Church in Wyoming. He served in his home town in 1897-98. The following year Elder Markow returned to Hungary for a mission lasting three years. From the fall of 1900 he served in the Banat town of Temesvár (now Timișoara, Romania), baptizing many members, mostly ethnic Germans as well as some Hungarians. In 1901 the Church’s first congregation in Hungary was organized in the town, followed by one in the town of Brassó (now Brasov, Romania) in 1905. Proselytizing faced strong resistance from the authorities, and petitions to allow meetings and to recognize the Church were repeatedly rejected.

    Foreign missionaries preached mostly in German, but in 1909 Elder John Ensign Hill from Utah, serving in the Swiss-German Mission, was assigned to learn the language and serve a Hungarian-speaking mission. On 28 November 1909, he conducted the first LDS meeting held entirely in the Hungarian language, and on 10 January 1910, he performed the first baptism in Hungarian.

    In January 1911 authorities allowed the missionaries in Brassó to hold public meetings. In November of the same year the nation’s Supreme Court overturned lower court decisions against official recognition of the Church, thereby granting it a recognized status. This was apparently withdrawn in the following year. In March 1913 the Church decided to suspend Hungarian speaking missionary work in the country.

    By the time of World War I more than 100 members had been baptized in Hungary, but most of them subsequently emigrated to the United States. In 1914, at the start of the war the Church recalled its missionaries from Europe, including Hungary. Although several faithful members remained, organized activity ceased for more than seven decades.

    On April 19th 1987 President Russell M. Nelson, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, dedicated Hungary for missionary work in a prayer and a ceremony on Budapest's Gellert Hill. On June 1st 1988 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received official recognition and the first missionaries arrived. Church activity has been uninterrupted ever since.

    Hungary's first meetinghouse was dedicated in October 1989, by President Thomas S. Monson, a Counselor to the Church President, with President Nelson also attending. The Hungary Budapest Mission was created in June 1990. The nation’s first stake, the Budapest Hungary Stake was organized on June 4th 2006. 

    At the April 2019 General Conference of the Church, President Russell M. Nelson announced the construction of a temple in Hungary.

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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