Statistical Report 1980

Elder Francis M. Gibbons

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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, 1980. (Membership figures are estimates based on 1980 reports available prior to conference.)

    Church Units

    Number of stakes of Zion

    1,218

    Number of full-time missions

    188

    Number of wards

    7,868

    Number of independent branches in stakes

    2,456

    Number of mission branches

    (These statistics reflect an increase of 1,105 wards and branches during 1980.)

    2,267

    Number of countries with organized wards or branches

    83

    Church Membership

    Total membership reported by stakes, missions and Church offices at the close of 1980

    4,638,000

    Church Growth during 1980

    Children blessed

    103,000

    Children of record baptized

    65,000

    Converts baptized

    (This convert baptism figure is an estimate based on 1980 reports received at Church headquarers prior to conference.)

    221,000

    Social Statistics

    Birthrate per thousand

    28.2

    Number of persons married per thousand

    12.2

    Death rate per thousand

    3.9

    Genealogical Society

    Names cleared in 1980 for temple endowments

    5,414,600

    Temples

    Number of endowments performed during 1980:

    For the living

    52,000

    For the dead

    3,962,000

    Temples in operation

    (There were 89,100 more endowments done in 1980 than in 1979.)

    19

    Temples planned and under construction

    8

    Priesthood

    Deacons

    156,000

    Teachers

    122,000

    Priests

    236,000

    Elders

    382,000

    Seventies

    30,000

    High priests

    (An estimated increase of 42,000 priesthood members during 1980)

    157,000

    Full-time missionaries

    29,953

    Church School System

    Total enrollment during 1979–80 school year:

    Seminaries and Institutes, including special programs

    309,000

    Church schools, colleges, and continuing education

    75,000

    Welfare Services

    Persons assisted with cash or commodities

    160,600

    Persons assisted by LDS Social Services

    51,600

    Persons placed in gainful employment

    26,400

    Man-days of labor donated to welfare services

    527,900

    Commodities distributed from storehouses in pounds

    35,441,200

    Prominent Members Who Passed Away during the Year

    Elder William H. Bennett, emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy; William Pakimana Taurima, president of the Gisborne New Zealand Stake; Thomas Lee Chappell, president of the Loa Utah Stake; Donald Leon Hansen, president of the San Bernardino California East Stake; Clara Alberta Wright Moyle, widow of Henry D. Moyle, former First Counselor in the First Presidency; Betsy Hollings Richards, widow of George F. Richards, former President of the Quorum of the Twelve; Edgar B. Brossard, former member of the United States Tariff Commission for 36 years; Leona Holbrook, president of the American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, and former member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and participant in the International Olympic Academy; Junius M. Jackson, former president of the Church Genealogical Society; Pearl B. Johnson, secretary to members of the First Presidency or Quorum of the Twelve for over forty years and former member of the YWMIA General Board.