Statistical Report 1973


For the information of the members of the Church:

The First Presidency issued the following statistical report concerning the membership of the Church at the end of the year 1973.

Church Units

Number of Stakes of Zion at the Close of 1973

630

Number of Wards

4,580

Number of Independent Branches in Stakes

1,127

Total Wards and Independent Branches in Stakes at the Close of the Year

5,707

Number of Mission Branches at the Close of the Year

1,847

Number of Full-time Missions at the End of the Year

108

Church Membership, December 31, 1973

In the Stakes

2,856,210

In the Missions

465,346

Total Membership

3,321,556

Church Growth During 1973

Children Blessed in Stakes and Missions

68,623

Children of Record Baptized in Stakes and Missions

48,578

Converts Baptized in Stakes and Missions

79,603

Social Statistics (Based on 1973 data from the stakes)

Birth Rate per Thousand

25.64

Number of Persons Married per Thousand

14.72

Death Rate per Thousand

4.91

Priesthood

Members Holding the Aaronic Priesthood, December 31, 1973

Deacons

140,549

Teachers

102,924

Priests

164,668

Total Number Holding Aaronic Priesthood

408,141

Members Holding the Melchizedek Priesthood, December 31, 1973

Elders

280,351

Seventies

24,490

High Priests

99,886

Total Number Holding Melchizedek Priesthood

404,727

Grand Total Members Holding Aaronic or Melchizedek Priesthood

(An increase of 25,932 during the year)

812,668

Church Organizations (Enrollment)

Relief Society

785,000

Sunday School

2,564,134

Aaronic Priesthood MIA-Young Men

171,377

Aaronic Priesthood MIA-Young Women

212,040

Primary

471,538

Melchizedek Priesthood MIA

625,000

Welfare Plan

Number of Persons Assisted During the Year

103,100

Number Placed in Remunerative Employment

16,159

Man-days of Work Donated to the Welfare Plan

154,306

Unit-days of Equipment Use Donated

4,756

Genealogical Society

Names Cleared in 1973 for Temple Ordinances

(Genealogical records microfilmed in 27 countries during the year brought the total to 796,804 100-foot rolls of microfilm for use of the Church which are the equivalent of over 3,801,373 printed volumes of 300 pages each.)

2,718,421

Temples

Number of Ordinances Performed During 1973 in the 15 Operating Temples

For the Living

71,555

For the Dead

8,836,044

Total Number of Ordinances

8,907,599

Church School System

Total 1973 Cumulative Enrollment in Church Schools, including Institutes and Seminaries

307,086

Those who have passed away:

President Harold B. Lee, eleventh president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the age of 74 on December 26, 1973; Arthur V. Watkins, former United States Senator and prominent Church leader; Frank W. Asper, Salt Lake Tabernacle organist emeritus; Roy A. Welker, Church official, educator, author, and teacher; and Roland L. Jaussi, director of the San Diego Visitors Center and former director of the Missionary Home in Salt Lake City.