Saturday Afternoon Session

Statistical Report 1978

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 growth and status of the Church as of December 31, 1978:

    Church Units

    Number of stakes of Zion

    990

    Number of full-time missions

    166

    Number of wards

    6,731

    Number of independent branches in stakes

    1,333

    Number of mission branches

    1,790

    Number of countries with organized wards or branches

    (These statistics reflect an increase of 694 wards and branches during 1978.)

    60

    Church Membership

    Total membership reported by stakes, missions, and Church offices at the close of 1978

    4,160,000

    Church Growth during 1978

    Children blessed

    97,000

    Children of record baptized

    63,000

    Converts baptized

    (This convert baptism figure is an estimate based on 1978 reports received at Church headquarters prior to the conference.)

    152,000

    Social Statistics

    Birthrate per thousand

    30.7

    Number of persons married per thousand

    13.1

    Death rate per thousand

    4.1

    Priesthood

    Deacons

    145,000

    Teachers

    114,000

    Priests

    211,000

    Elders

    351,000

    Seventies

    29,000

    High priests

    (This represents an increase of 37,000 priesthood holders during 1978.)

    137,000

    Full-time missionaries

    27,669

    Church School System

    Total enrollment during the 1977–78 school year:

    Seminaries and institutes, including special programs

    301,000

    Church schools, colleges, and continuing education

    70,000

    Welfare Services

    Persons assisted with cash or commodities

    111,500

    Persons assisted by LDS Social Services

    18,000

    Persons placed in gainful employment

    21,000

    Man-days of labor donated to welfare services

    443,500

    Commodities distributed from storehouses (in pounds)

    18,953,000

    Genealogical Society

    Names cleared in 1978 for temple endowments

    The Genealogical Department is acquiring records in 43 countries and has a total of 983,000 one-hundred-foot rolls of microfilm, equivalent to 4,679,000 volumes of 300 pages each.

    5,120,000

    Temples

    Number of endowments performed during 1978:

    For the living

    50,400

    For the dead

    3,756,600

    Temples in operation

    16

    Temples planned or under construction

    5

    Temples undergoing remodeling

    There were 204,900 more endowments done in 1978 than in 1977, even though one of the temples was not in operation.

    1

    Prominent Members Who Passed Away during the Year

    Elder Delbert L. Stapley, a member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles; Ida Jensen Romney, wife of President Marion G. Romney, Second Counselor in the First Presidency; Dr. Ernest L. Wilkinson, former president of Brigham Young University; President Rudolph H. Luckau, president of the New Zealand Wellington Mission; President Robert Austin Trump, president of the Centerville Utah South Stake; Raymond J. Pace, former member of the General Church Missionary Committee and Regional Representative; and Wendell B. Mendenhall, former chairman of the Church Building Committee.