Statistical Report 1985

F. Michael Watson


 

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.)

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.)

20

Total membership at the close of 1985

5,920,000

Increase in Children of Record

95,000

Children of Record baptized

70,000

Converts baptized

197,640

Deacons

248,000

Teachers

186,000

Priests

375,000

Elders

481,000

Seventies

33,000

High Priests

208,000

Full-time missionaries

29,265

Names cleared in 1985 for temple endowments

10,552,130

For the living

54,554

Seminaries and institutes, including special programs

349,827

Persons assisted by LDS Social Services

82,804

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.