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    Moldova

    430

    Total Church Membership

    0.01% 1-in-8247

    Population vs. Church Members

    4

    Congregations

    0 Wards
    4 Branches

    1

    Family History Centers

    1

    History

    Following the Soviet Union’s demise, Moldovans were able to travel abroad. During the mid-1990s a few joined the Church: Vitalii Volosin in Moscow, Russia; Sylvia Vacarciuc in Odessa, Ukraine; and Lilia Carasciuc in southern California.

    In September 1995, Paul and Betty Morris arrived in Chisinau, where Paul worked in the U.S. Embassy. In June of that, John Nielson, a private contractor doing development work, arrived in Moldova. And in May 1996, Janet Jasen, a nurse with the Peace Corps, began her tour in Chisinau. These four Latter-day Saints met each week.

    Elder Charles A. Didier, a member of the Seventy (one of the highest governing bodies of the Church) and Romania Bucharest Mission president, Robert F. Orton, traveled to Chisinau in September 1997 to meet with Moldovan and American Latter-day Saints and friends. It was announced that the first branch (a small congregation) was shortly to be organized and missionaries were to be assigned to labor in Moldova.

    Five weeks after that visit, missionaries arrived in Chisinau. At that time, missionaries could not wear name tags or openly proselyte; rather, they provided service and taught people who had been referred to them by Church members or waited for people to ask them about the Church. On November 11 of that year, five people were baptized in the bathtub of the Morris home, the first baptisms in Moldova. On that same day, a branch was organized with Paul Morris as president.

    On December 23, 1998, the first complete translation of the Book of Mormon in Romanian arrived. This “special Christmas gift” was a blessing to the majority of members who could now read the Book of Mormon in their native language.

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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