Statistical Report 1980

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 December 31, 1980. (Membership figures are estimates based on 1980 reports available prior to conference.)

Number of stakes of Zion

1,218

Number of full-time missions

188

Number of wards

7,868

Number of independent branches in stakes

2,456

Number of mission branches

(These statistics reflect an increase of 1,105 wards and branches during 1980.)

2,267

Number of countries with organized wards or branches

83

Total membership reported by stakes, missions and Church offices at the close of 1980

4,638,000

Church Growth during 1980

Children blessed

103,000

Children of record baptized

65,000

Converts baptized

(This convert baptism figure is an estimate based on 1980 reports received at Church headquarers prior to conference.)

221,000

Birthrate per thousand

28.2

Number of persons married per thousand

12.2

Death rate per thousand

3.9

Names cleared in 1980 for temple endowments

5,414,600

For the living

52,000

For the dead

3,962,000

Temples in operation

(There were 89,100 more endowments done in 1980 than in 1979.)

19

Temples planned and under construction

8

Deacons

156,000

Teachers

122,000

Priests

236,000

Elders

382,000

Seventies

30,000

High priests

(An estimated increase of 42,000 priesthood members during 1980)

157,000

Full-time missionaries

29,953

Seminaries and Institutes, including special programs

309,000

Church schools, colleges, and continuing education

75,000

Persons assisted with cash or commodities

160,600

Persons assisted by LDS Social Services

51,600

Persons placed in gainful employment

26,400

Man-days of labor donated to welfare services

527,900

Commodities distributed from storehouses in pounds

35,441,200

Prominent Members Who Passed Away during the Year

Elder William H. Bennett, emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy; William Pakimana Taurima, president of the Gisborne New Zealand Stake; Thomas Lee Chappell, president of the Loa Utah Stake; Donald Leon Hansen, president of the San Bernardino California East Stake; Clara Alberta Wright Moyle, widow of Henry D. Moyle, former First Counselor in the First Presidency; Betsy Hollings Richards, widow of George F. Richards, former President of the Quorum of the Twelve; Edgar B. Brossard, former member of the United States Tariff Commission for 36 years; Leona Holbrook, president of the American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, and former member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and participant in the International Olympic Academy; Junius M. Jackson, former president of the Church Genealogical Society; Pearl B. Johnson, secretary to members of the First Presidency or Quorum of the Twelve for over forty years and former member of the YWMIA General Board.