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    865

    Total Church Membership

    1.52% 1-in-66

    Population vs. Church Members

    1

    Congregations

    1 Wards
    0 Branches

    1

    Family History Centers

    1

    History

    Among the first Church members to visit Saipan were American servicemen in 1944, including L. Tom Perry, later a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Missionary work in Saipan began in the early 1970s, but was stopped because of local hostility. In February 1975, Elders Jeff Frame and Callis Carlton began full-time missionary work. One of the first group meetings on the island was held 24 July 1975.

    Church member Alfred "Mustang" Gonzalez became construction manager of the new airport, arriving 16 July 1975. His family followed him in October. They bought a small vacant quonset hut that had been abandoned in the jungle and used it for a meetinghouse. After this building became too small, meetings were held in the elders' kitchen and living room. Sunday School classes were held outside under the coconut trees. A small building was completed in 1983. Brad T. Nago and his wife, Jean, were converts in Saipan, baptized 24 January 1976, and became president of Saipan's Chalan Laulau Branch (a small congregation) after the Gonzalez family returned to Hawaii. In 1980 when the Micronesia Guam Mission was created, the Saipan Branch had 85 members.

    President Gordon B. Hinckley, Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin and their wives visited briefly and met with 10 missionaries and about 60 of Saipan's 300 members during a refueling stop en route from Asia on 1 June 1996.

    ROTA - TINIAN

    Elders Stephen Jones and Kamealoha Kaniho were assigned to open Rota, an island in the Northern Marianas, for proselyting on 5 September 1986. Work was opened on Tinian 14 August 1992, by Elder James Adamson and an Elder McCune.

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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