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    Rwanda

    843

    Total Church Membership

    0.007% 1-in-15365

    Population vs. Church Members

    3

    Congregations

    0 Wards
    3 Branches

    History

    In the 1980s and 1990s Church records listed up to seven members of the Church living in Rwanda, but individual Latter-day Saints were living without a Church organization in the country. In the early 2000s that changed as members began meeting regularly in Kigali. Nelson and Sapna Samuel, two returned missionaries from Bangalore, India, who had migrated to Rwanda, hosted early group meetings. When the first branch was organized in 2008, many of the members—including Fabien Hatangimbabazi, Yvonne Martin, Jean Marie and Agathe Rumanyika, and Ruth Opar—were Rwandans who had joined the Church in other countries and returned to their home country.

    Though the Rwandan government put a moratorium on the registration of new churches that same year, Church members and leaders pressed forward in faith to prepare for the future. In 2009 Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated Rwanda for the preaching of the gospel, and in 2010 the country accepted a humanitarian missionary couple. Over the next few years, a wider range of Church programs was introduced, translation of Church literature to Kinyarwanda began, and Jackson Ndayambaje became the first missionary called from Rwanda. The Church finally received government recognition in 2013. By 2019 there were four branches in the Kigali Rwanda District.

    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