Statistical Report 1983


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.