Statistical Report 1979

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, 1979:

    Church Units

    Number of stakes of Zion

    1,092

    Number of full-time missions

    175

    Number of wards

    7,235

    Number of branches in stakes

    2,130

    Number of branches in missions

    2,121

    Number of countries with organized wards or branches

    (These statistics reflect an increase of 1,632 wards and branches during 1979.)

    81

    Church Membership

    Total membership reported by stakes, missions, and Church offices at the close of 1979

    4,439,000

    Church Growth during 1979

    Children blessed

    107,000

    Children of record baptized

    67,000

    Converts baptized

    (This convert baptism figure is an estimate based on 1979 reports received at Church headquarters prior to the conference.)

    193,000

    Social Statistics

    Birthrate per thousand

    30.0

    Number of persons married per thousand

    13.7

    Death rate per thousand

    4.2

    Priesthood

    Deacons

    152,000

    Teachers

    122,000

    Priests

    232,000

    Elders

    394,000

    Seventies

    33,000

    High priests

    (This represents an increase of 107,000 priesthood members during 1979.)

    161,000

    Full-time missionaries

    29,454

    Church School System

    Total enrollment during the 1978–79 school year:

    Seminaries and institutes, including special programs

    304,000

    Church schools, colleges, and continuing education

    72,000

    Welfare Services

    Persons assisted with cash or commodities

    139,300

    Persons assisted by LDS Social Services

    43,000

    Persons placed in gainful employment

    23,400

    Man-days of labor donated to welfare services

    479,500

    Commodities distributed from storehouses (in pounds)

    23,253,000

    Genealogical Society

    Names cleared in 1979 for temple endowments

    The Genealogical Department is acquiring records in 39 countries and has a total of 1,024,000 one-hundred-foot rolls of microfilm, equivalent to 4,927,000 volumes of 300 pages each.

    4,574,000

    Temples

    Number of endowments performed during 1979:

    For the living

    51,600

    For the dead

    3,873,300

    Temples in operation

    There were 116,700 more endowments done in 1979 than in 1978.

    17

    Temples planned or under construction

    (This does not include temples announced last Wednesday.)

    5

    Prominent Members Who Passed Away During the Year:

    Clair Stoddard Poelman, wife of Elder Ronald E. Poelman of the First Quorum of the Seventy; Finn B. Paulsen, president of the Sao Paulo Temple; Jay R. Payne, president of the Albuquerque New Mexico East Stake; Albert Stanley Green, president of the Nottingham England Stake; Madeline B. Wirthlin, widow of Bishop Joseph L. Wirthlin, former Presiding Bishop; LaVern W. Parmley, former general president of the Primary Association; O. Abram Murdock, Jr., former U.S. Senator from Utah; and Sherman P. Lloyd, former U.S. Representative from Utah.