Statistical Report 1985

Presented by F. Michael Watson

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 1985. (Membership figures include estimates based on 1985 reports available prior to conference.)

    Church Units

    Number of stakes

    1,582

    Number of districts

    352

    Number of missions

    188

    Number of wards

    10,168

    Number of branches in stakes

    2,766

    Number of branches in missions

    2,071

    Number of sovereign countries with organized wards or branches

    95

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

    (These statistics reflect an increase of 75 stakes and 542 wards and branches during 1985.)

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    Church Membership

    Total membership at the close of 1985

    5,920,000

    Church Growth During 1985

    Increase in Children of Record

    95,000

    Children of Record baptized

    70,000

    Converts baptized

    197,640

    Priesthood

    Deacons

    248,000

    Teachers

    186,000

    Priests

    375,000

    Elders

    481,000

    Seventies

    33,000

    High Priests

    208,000

    Missionaries

    Full-time missionaries

    29,265

    Genealogical Data

    Names cleared in 1985 for temple endowments

    10,552,130

    Temples

    Number of endowments performed during 1985:

    For the living

    54,554

    For the dead

    4,857,052

    Temples in operation

    37

    Temples planned or under construction

    10

    Temples closed during the year for renovation

    Five temples were dedicated and one rededicated in 1985

    1

    Church School System

    Total enrollment during 1984-1985 school year:

    Seminaries and institutes, including special programs

    349,827

    Church schools and colleges

    45,558

    Continuing education

    366,257

    Welfare Services

    Persons assisted by LDS Social Services

    82,804

    Persons placed in gainful employment

    34,552

    Man-days of labor donated to Welfare Services

    244,766

    Bishop’s orders from storehouses

    344,562

    Prominent Members Who Have Passed Away Since Last April

    President Spencer W. Kimball, twelfth President of the Church, at age ninety, on November 5, 1985; Elder Bruce R. McConkie, a member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles; Norma P. Anderson, wife of Elder Joseph Anderson; Dorothy C. Stone, wife of Elder O. Leslie Stone; and Richard P. Condie, director of the Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir for seventeen years.