Statistical Report 1987

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 December 31, 1987. (Membership figures include estimates based on 1987 reports available prior to conference.)

    Church Units

    Number of stakes

    1,666

    Number of districts

    379

    Number of missions

    205

    Number of wards

    10,907

    Number of branches in stakes

    2,812

    Number of branches in missions

    2,287

    Number of sovereign countries with organized wards or branches

    97

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

    (These statistics reflect an increase of 44 stakes and 617 wards and branches during 1987.)

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    Church Membership

    Total membership at the close of 1988

    6,440,000

    Church Growth during 1987

    Increase in Children of Record

    99,000

    Children of Record baptized

    75,000

    Converts baptized

    227,284

    Missionaries

    Full-time missionaries

    34,750

    Prominent members who have passed away since last April

    Elder Franklin D. Richards, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy; Camilla Eyring Kimball, widow of President Spencer W. Kimball; Elva Taylor Cowley, widow of Matthew Cowley, former member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Alexander Schreiner, Tabernacle organist for fifty-three years; Louise W. Madsen, former counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency.