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    Namibia

    998

    Total Church Membership

    0.04% 1-in-2547

    Population vs. Church Members

    4

    Congregations

    0 Wards
    4 Branches

    1

    Family History Centers

    1

    History

    In 1924 Lawrence and Maud Ratcliff, members of the Church from South Africa, established a small branch in Karibib in present-day Namibia. Soon afterward the Ratcliffs moved to the United States, and the branch closed. From 1930 to 1990, missionaries and members occasionally came to the country for work and met in small groups, but no lasting presence was established.

    After Namibia gained independence, the new government, which allowed freedom of worship, allowed the Church to be registered quickly. Shortly after, missionaries led by a senior missionary couple were sent to the country, and Namibian Saints who had joined the Church in other places began to return. The Windhoek Branch soon had many members attending weekly meetings, the Relief Society sisters began teaching childcare lessons to the community, and seminary classes began.

    Namibian Saints quickly became “anxiously engaged” in building the Church in their communities and “bring[ing] to pass much righteousness” in their country (Doctrine and Covenants 58:27). Members in Namibia have supported one another in long and expensive journeys to attend the temple in Johannesburg, South Africa; invited the elderly to an evening of food and entertainment; and contributed to the expansion of community gardens. There are now three branches in Windhoek, one branch in Swakopmund, and a growing group of members in Ongwediva.

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    Womba Makuwa
    Windhoek,
    Namibia
    Phone:  00 264 61 207 2621
    Phone:  00 264 61 227359
    Phone:  00 264 61 202 0229
    Mobile:  00 264 81 22 95 836

    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