Statistical Report 1981

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 1981 December 31. (Membership figures include estimates based on 1981 reports available prior to conference.)

    Church Units

    Number of stakes

    1,321

    Number of districts

    342

    Number of missions

    188

    Number of wards

    8,392

    Number of branches in stakes

    2,719

    Number of branches in missions

    (These statistics reflect an increase of 103 stakes and 622 wards and branches during 1981.)

    2,102

    Number of countries with organized wards or branches

    86

    Church Membership

    Total membership at the close of 1981

    4,936,000

    It is estimated that current Church membership exceeds 5 million.

    Church Growth during 1981

    Children blessed

    111,000

    Children of record baptized

    69,000

    Converts baptized

    224,000

    Social Statistics

    Birthrate per thousand

    28.1

    Number of persons married per thousand

    12.2

    Death rate per thousand

    3.9

    Priesthood

    Deacons

    213,000

    Teachers

    159,000

    Priests

    311,000

    Elders

    419,000

    Seventies

    32,000

    High priests

    170,000

    Missionaries

    Full-time missionaries

    29,700

    Genealogical

    Names cleared in 1981 for temple endowments

    4,346,000

    Temples

    Number of endowments performed during 1981:

    For the living

    49,800

    For the dead

    4,101,000

    Temples in operation

    (There were 139,000 more endowments performed in 1981 than in 1980, even thought the Manti Temple was not in operation for part of the year.)

    19

    With those announced this week, the number of temples planned and under construction

    21

    Temples closed during the year

    1

    Church Educational System

    Total enrollment during 1980–81 school year:

    Seminaries and Institutes, including special programs

    326,200

    Church schools, colleges, and continuing education

    72,500

    Welfare Services

    Persons assisted by LDS Social Services

    62,800

    Persons placed in gainful employment

    27,200

    Man-days of labor donated to welfare services

    533,800

    Commodities distributed from storehouses in pounds

    31,342,000

    Prominent Members Who Passed Away during the Year:

    Elder S. Dilworth Young, emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and former Senior President of the First Council of the Seventy; Elder Del Alvin Talley, senior Regional Representative; Freda Joan Jensen Lee, widow of President Harold B. Lee; Belle Smith Spafford, general president of the Relief Society from 1945 to 1974 and former president to the National Council of Women; Lucile Reading, managing editor of the Friend magazine and former counselor in the General Presidency of the Primary; Dr. Henry Eyring, world-renowned scientist and author; Dr. Harvey Fletcher, internationally known expert and inventor in the field of communications; A. Hamer Reiser, former counselor in the General Presidency of the Sunday School; Louise J. Lake, teacher of the handicapped and recipient of the President’s Trophy for Handicapped American of the Year; and George S. Eccles, prominent banker and civic leader.