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    9,528

    Total Church Membership

    0.09% 1-in-1087

    Population vs. Church Members

    4

    Stakes

    40

    Congregations

    25 Wards
    15 Branches

    37

    Family History Centers

    37

    1

    Temples

    1

    Missions | 1 Districts

    History

    John E. Forsgren, a Swede who had joined the Church in Boston in 1843, returned as the first missionary to his homeland in 1850. Despite intense early opposition, the restored gospel spread quickly, and by 1860 there were branches of the Church spread around the country. Many early converts immigrated to Utah to help build up new Latter-day Saint settlements there, but they and their children maintained ties to Sweden and often returned as missionaries.

    In the early 1900s, emigration from Sweden declined, and Latter-day Saint congregations gained new strength. In 1905, the Swedish Mission was organized, with Peter Matson, a Swedish convert, as president. As the Church grew, however, so too did opposition. Persistent false accusations of plural marriage prompted the Riksdag (parliament) to consider funding a public awareness campaign opposing the Church and, in 1920, to temporarily discontinue visas for Latter-day Saint missionaries. Despite this, members persisted in sharing the gospel, meeting together often, and strengthening one another (see Moroni 6:5–6). By the mid-20th century, branches had been reestablished throughout Sweden. In 1975, the first stake in Sweden was organized in Stockholm.

    Throughout their history, Swedish Saints have provided strength and support for members throughout Europe. In 1966, Festinord, an annual conference attended by young adult members from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland, was first held in Stockholm. Since the dedication of the Stockholm Sweden Temple, the first in Scandinavia, in July 1985, Saints from throughout northern and eastern Europe have traveled to Stockholm to participate in temple ordinances.

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    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