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    130,340

    Total Church Membership

    0.1% 1-in-969

    Population vs. Church Members

    28

    Stakes

    1010

    261

    Congregations

    157 Wards
    104 Branches

    64

    Family History Centers

    64

    3

    Temples

    6

    Missions | 13 Districts

    History

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints first sent missionaries to Japan in 1901. Although political tension closed the Japan Mission between 1924 and 1948, members of the Church continued to practice their faith, share the gospel, and build the Church in Japan. When the Church returned to Japan at the end of World War II, a small group of faithful Japanese converts, few having been baptized, were found meeting together regularly.

    Since World War II, the Church in Japan has experienced gradual yet steady advancement. The Japanese Saints have shown great devotion to the restored gospel. In 1965, many sacrificed time and wages to travel to the temple in Hawaii. In the 1970s, this devotion led to the construction of a temple in Tokyo—the first temple in Asia and the first of three in Japan. Japanese Saints today make important contributions to their communities and nation. For example, in 2011, after the East Japan earthquake and tsunami devastated many areas, Japanese Saints spent many hours distributing relief supplies and helping their neighbors to repair the damage.

    The history of the Church in Japan is one of conviction that transcends national boundaries and political disagreements. The faith of the Japanese Saints testifies of the power of the restored gospel to bind us as “fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19).

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    Takanori Mochizuki
    Tokyo, Japan

    Office: +81-3-3440-5689

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    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