Statistical Report, 1997

F. Michael Watson


 

Brothers and sisters, for the information of the members of the Church, the First Presidency has issued the following statistical report concerning the membership growth and status of the Church as of 31 December 1997. These statistics are based on 1997 reports available prior to this conference.

Church Units

Stakes

2,424

Districts

649

Missions

318

Wards and Branches

These wards and branches are in 143 nations and 19 territories and possessions.

24,670

Church Membership

Total membership

10,070,524

Increase in children of record during 1997

75,214

Converts baptized during 1997

317,798

Missionaries

Full-time missionaries

56,531

Prominent Members Who Have Passed Away since Last April

Elder Paul H. Dunn, an emeritus General Authority; Elder Oscar H. Aguayo, an Area Authority Seventy; Sister Helen Kearnes Richards, widow of Elder Franklin D. Richards, former member of the Presidency of the Seventy; Sister Janet Elaine Weech Sorensen, wife of Elder Lynn A. Sorensen, a former member of the Seventy; Sister Carma Neilsen Cutler, widow of Elder Clinton L. Cutler, a former member of the Seventy; and Sister Maurine Johnson Turley, former counselor in the Young Women general presidency.