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    9,160

    Total Church Membership

    0.11% 1-in-943

    Population vs. Church Members

    5

    Stakes

    35

    Congregations

    27 Wards
    8 Branches

    13

    Family History Centers

    13

    1

    Temples

    History

    In November 1850 Lorenzo Snow, then an Apostle preaching in Italy, sent his missionary companion, Thomas B. H. Stenhouse, over the Alps to preach in Switzerland. The next March, the first converts in Switzerland were baptized. Over the next 10 years, hundreds were baptized in Switzerland’s French- and German-speaking cantons. Many later immigrated to Utah to help build up Zion there.

    Other converts remained in Switzerland. In the early 20th century these Saints showed their faithfulness during the disruptions caused by world wars in neighboring countries. In the 1950s Church leaders felt moved to bring every aspect of Church organization to Saints in Switzerland and other parts of Europe. Bern was chosen as the location for Europe’s first temple, and in 1955 members from many nations went up to the house of the Lord in Switzerland’s mountains to be taught and blessed (see Isaiah 2:2–3).


    The first stake in Switzerland was organized in Zürich six years later. In addition to welcoming members seeking temple or patriarchal blessings, Swiss Saints played a key role in spreading the gospel, helping reopen missionary work in Italy in the 1960s and administering branches in the Middle East. In 1982 the first French-speaking stake in Switzerland was organized in Geneva, and by the year 2000 there were over 7,000 Saints in Switzerland.

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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