Statistical Report 1982

Francis M. Gibbons


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.)

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

Total membership at the close of 1982

5,165,000

Increase in children of record

124,000

Children of record baptized

67,000

Converts baptized

207,000

Birthrate per thousand

28.1

Number of persons married per thousand

12.2

Death rate per thousand

3.9

Deacons

227,000

Teachers

168,000

Priests

325,000

Elders

436,000

Seventies

32,000

High priests

180,000

Full-time missionaries

26,300

Names cleared in 1982 for temple endowments

2,462,700

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

Seminaries and Institutes

320,500

Church schools, colleges, universities

70,100

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.