Statistical Report 1983

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 1983. (Membership figures include estimates based on 1983 reports available prior to conference.)

    Church Units

    Number of stakes

    1,458

    Number of districts

    343

    Number of missions

    178

    Number of wards

    9,329

    Number of branches in stakes

    2,641

    Number of branches in missions

    (These statistics reflect an increase of 66 stakes and 378 wards and branches during 1983.)

    2,024

    Number of sovereign countries with organized wards or branches

    90

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

    17

    Church Membership

    Total membership at the close of 1983

    5,400,000

    Church Growth During 1983

    Increase in children of record

    112,000

    Children of record baptized

    69,000

    Converts baptized

    189,419

    Social Statistics

    Birthrate per thousand

    24.5

    Number of persons married per thousand

    11.1

    Death rate per thousand

    4.0

    Priesthood

    Deacons

    229,000

    Teachers

    169,000

    Priests

    335,000

    Elders

    444,000

    Seventies

    32,000

    High Priests

    190,000

    Missionaries

    Full-time missionaries

    26,565

    Genealogical

    Names cleared in 1983 for temple endowments

    4,288,303

    Temples

    Number of endowments performed during 1983:

    For the living

    52,116

    For the dead

    4,364,928

    Temples in operation

    25

    Temples planned or under construction or renovation

    Six temples were dedicated in 1983, and six are planned to be dedicated in 1984. (If problems arise, one or more might be delayed until 1985)

    17

    Church Educational System

    Total enrollment during 1982-1983 school year:

    Seminaries and Institutes, including special programs

    389,258

    Church schools, colleges, and continuing education

    68,707

    Welfare Services

    Persons assisted by LDS Social Services

    118,672

    Persons placed in gainful employment

    25,460

    Man-days of labor donated to Welfare Services

    399,375

    Bishops’ orders from storehouses

    305,891

    Prominent Members Who Have Passed Away Since Last April

    Elder Mark E. Petersen, member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles; Clara May Jeffs Hunter, wife of Elder Howard W. Hunter of the Council of the Twelve Apostles; Lucille Thurman Buehner, widow of Carl W. Buehner, counselor in the Presiding Bishopric; Margaret Ann Newman Wells, widow of John Wells, Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric; Blanche Black Stoddard, former general Relief Society secretary; and Paul Benjamin Tanner, former general Sunday School treasurer.