Saturday afternoon session, April 2, 1977

Statistical Report 1976

Presented by Francis M. Gibbons

Secretary to the First Presidency

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    For the information of the members of the Church, the First Presidency has issued the following statistical report concerning the membership of the Church as of December 31, 1976:

    Church Units

    Number of stakes of Zion at the close of 1976

    798

    Number of wards

    5,481

    Number of independent branches in stakes

    1,422

    Total wards and independent branches in stakes at the close of the year

    6,903

    Number of mission branches at the close of the year

    1,716

    Number of full-time missions at the end of the year

    148

    Church Membership

    In the stakes

    3,283,264

    In the missions

    459,485

    Total membership

    3,742,749

    Church Growth during 1976

    Children blessed in stakes and missions

    88,522

    Children of record baptized in stakes and missions

    52,281

    Converts baptized in stakes and missions

    133,959

    Social Statistics

    Birthrate per thousand

    29.72

    Number of persons married per thousand

    13.34

    Death rate per thousand

    4.32

    Priesthood

    Members holding the Aaronic Priesthood, as of December 31, 1976

    Deacons

    141,341

    Teachers

    109,396

    Priests

    188,122

    Total number holding Aaronic Priesthood

    438,859

    Members holding the Melchizedek Priesthood, December 31, 1976

    Elders

    320,876

    Seventies

    26,328

    High priests

    120,117

    Total number holding Melchizedek Priesthood

    467,321

    Grand total, holding Aaronic or Melchizedek Priesthood

    (An increase of 32,387 during the year.)

    906,180

    Church Organizations (Enrollment)

    Relief Society

    1,129,135

    Sunday School

    3,387,454

    Aaronic Priesthood-age young men

    267,352

    Young Women

    249,724

    Primary Association

    498,867

    Welfare Plan

    Number of persons assisted during the year

    110,306

    Number placed in remunerative employment

    29,657

    Man-days of work donated to the welfare plan (estimated)

    400,607

    Unit-days of equipment use donated

    In additon to the above, 125,000 man-days were donated in connection with the Teton flood disaster in Idaho.

    8,219

    Genealogical Society

    Names cleared in 1976 for temple ordinances

    The Genealogical Department is acquiring records in 35 countries, using 80 microfilm careras and five oral interviewers. During 1976 microfilm holdings increased by 4.5 percent to a total of 910,661 100-foot rolls equivalent to 4,334,559 volumes of 300 pages each.

    3,539,340

    Temples

    Number of endowments performed during 1976 in the 16 operating temples

    For the living

    43,645

    For the dead

    3,421,793

    Total number of endowments

    3,465,438

    Church School System

    Total enrollment in Church schools for the 1975–76 school year, including institutes and seminaries

    322,587

    Those Who Have Passed Away

    Elder Alvin R. Dyer of the First Quorum of the Seventy; Sister Lewella Rees Christiansen, widow of Elder ElRay L. Christiansen, former Assistant to the Twelve; Sister Ida Josephine Murdock Kirkham, widow of Elder Oscar A. Kirkham, a former member of the First Council of Seventy; President Aley K. Auna of the Hilo Hawaii Stake; President Daniel O. Trevino of the Mexico Torreon Mission; President Millen Dan Atwood of the Ogden Utah Riverdale Stake; Dr. Leland R. Cowan, a pioneer in cancer research and treatment; and Sister Kate B. Carter, president, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.