Saturday afternoon session, April 1, 1978

Statistical Report 1977

Elder 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 growth and status of the Church as of December 31, 1977:

    Church Units

    Number of stakes of Zion

    885

    Number of full-time missions

    157

    Number of wards

    5,917

    Number of independent branches in stakes

    1,549

    Number of mission branches

    These statistics reflect an increase of 541 wards and branches during 1977.

    1,694

    Number of countries with organized wards or branches

    54

    Church Membership

    Total membership reported by stakes, missions, and Church offices at the close of 1977

    3,966,000

    At the current rate of growth since the end of the year, it is estimated the the Church membership is now in excess of four million.

    Church Growth during 1977

    Children blessed

    95,000

    Children of record baptized

    62,000

    Converts baptized

    167,939

    Social Statistics

    Birthrate per thousand

    31.66

    Number of persons married per thousand

    13.25

    Death rate per thousand

    4.14

    Priesthood Bearers

    Deacons

    142,000

    Teachers

    112,000

    Priests

    201,000

    Elders

    338,000

    Seventies

    28,000

    High priests

    This represents an increase of 45,000 priesthood bearers during 1977.

    129,000

    Full-time missionaries

    25,300

    Welfare Services

    Persons assisted with cash or commodities

    99,600

    Persons assisted by LDS Social Services

    15,000

    Persons placed in gainful employment

    16,000

    Man-days of labor donated to welfare services

    427,000

    Commodities distributed from storehouses (in pounds)

    17,750,000

    Genealogical Society

    Names cleared in 1977 for temple ordinances

    The Genealogical Department is acquiring records in 36 countries and has a total of 949,000 one-hundred-foot rolls of microfilm, equivalent to 4,517,000 volumes of 300 pages each.

    3,374,000

    Temples

    Number of endowments performed during 1977:

    For the living

    47,037

    For the dead

    3,555,118

    Temples in operation

    14

    Temples planned or under construction

    6

    Temples undergoing remodeling

    There were 180,362 more endowments done in 1977 than in 1976, even though two of the temples were not in operation.

    2

    Church School System

    Total enrollment during the 1976–77 school year:

    Seminaries and institutes, including special programs

    288,000

    Church schools, colleges, and continuing education

    74,000

    Prominent Members Who Passed Away during the Year

    Elder Alma Sonne, member of the First Quorum of the Seventy; Sister Ina J. Ashton Richards, wife of Elder LeGrand Richards of the Council of the Twelve; Sister Jeanne N. Smith, wife of Elder Eldred G. Smith, Patriarch to the Church; President John Harold Mullen of the El Paso Texas Stake; President Ollie Richard Crichton of the Apia Samoa Stake; Dr. Sidney B. Sperry, author and educator; Edward Oliver Anderson, architect of the Los Angeles, London, Swiss, and New Zealand temples; Marriner S. Eccles, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board; and Dr. Florence J. Madsen, composer, educator, and director of all Singing Mothers activities for the Church.