Statistical Report 1982

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 31 December 1982. (Membership figures include estimates based on 1982 reports available prior to conference.)

    Church Units

    Number of stakes

    1,392

    Number of districts

    336

    Number of missions

    180

    Number of wards

    8,888

    Number of branches in stakes

    2,699

    Number of branches in missions

    (These statistics reflect an increase of 71 stakes and 523 wards and branches during 1982.)

    2,029

    Number of sovereign countries with organized wards or branches

    89

    Number of territories, colonies, and possessions with organized wards or branches

    16

    Church Membership

    Total membership at the close of 1982

    5,165,000

    Church Growth during 1982

    Increase in children of record

    124,000

    Children of record baptized

    67,000

    Converts baptized

    207,000

    Social Statistics

    Birthrate per thousand

    28.1

    Number of persons married per thousand

    12.2

    Death rate per thousand

    3.9

    Priesthood

    Deacons

    227,000

    Teachers

    168,000

    Priests

    325,000

    Elders

    436,000

    Seventies

    32,000

    High priests

    180,000

    Missionaries

    Full-time missionaries

    26,300

    Genealogical

    Names cleared in 1982 for temple endowments

    2,462,700

    Temples

    Number of endowments performed during 1982:

    For the living

    48,800

    For the dead

    4,418,000

    Temples in operation

    19

    Temples planned or under construction

    22

    Temples closed during the year

    1

    Church Educational System

    Total enrollment during 1981–82 school year:

    Seminaries and Institutes

    320,500

    Church schools, colleges, universities

    70,100

    Welfare Services

    Persons assisted by LDS Social Services

    83,700

    Persons placed in gainful employment

    22,300

    Man-days of labor donated to welfare services

    393,500

    Commodities distributed from storehouses in pounds

    21,099,000

    Prominent Members Who Passed Away Since Last April

    President N. Eldon Tanner, First Counselor in the First Presidency; Elder LeGrand Richards, Member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles; John G. Lahaderne, president of the Italy Catania Mission; Charles R. Hansen, president of the California Oakland Mission; Terry Lavelle Crapo, Regional Representative; Lavere Arnold Ricks, Regional Representative; James David King, president of the Paradise Valley Arizona Stake; J. Spencer Cornwall, former conductor of the Tabernacle Choir; Bertha Reeder Richards, former general president of the Young Women’s MIA from 1948 to 1961; Percy K. Fetzer, patriarch and former temple, stake, and mission president; Monte L. Bean, prominent church leader and philanthropist; Dr. Albert Ray Olpin, former president of the University of Utah; Clare Middlemiss, personal secretary to President David O. McKay for thirty-five years; W. Creed Haymond, noted athlete and church leader; Dr. Barney Clark, recipient of the first artificial heart.