Statistical Report 1973
    Footnotes

    “Statistical Report 1973,” Ensign, May 1974, 20

    Statistical Report 1973

    For the information of the members of the Church:

    The First Presidency issued the following statistical report concerning the membership of the Church at the end of the year 1973.

    Church Units

    Number of Stakes of Zion at the Close of 1973

    630

    Number of Wards

    4,580

    Number of Independent Branches in Stakes

    1,127

    Total Wards and Independent Branches in Stakes at the Close of the Year

    5,707

    Number of Mission Branches at the Close of the Year

    1,847

    Number of Full-time Missions at the End of the Year

    108

    Church Membership, December 31, 1973

    In the Stakes

    2,856,210

    In the Missions

    465,346

    Total Membership

    3,321,556

    Church Growth During 1973

    Children Blessed in Stakes and Missions

    68,623

    Children of Record Baptized in Stakes and Missions

    48,578

    Converts Baptized in Stakes and Missions

    79,603

    Social Statistics (Based on 1973 data from the stakes)

    Birth Rate per Thousand

    25.64

    Number of Persons Married per Thousand

    14.72

    Death Rate per Thousand

    4.91

    Priesthood

    Members Holding the Aaronic Priesthood, December 31, 1973

    Deacons

    140,549

    Teachers

    102,924

    Priests

    164,668

    Total Number Holding Aaronic Priesthood

    408,141

    Members Holding the Melchizedek Priesthood, December 31, 1973

    Elders

    280,351

    Seventies

    24,490

    High Priests

    99,886

    Total Number Holding Melchizedek Priesthood

    404,727

    Grand Total Members Holding Aaronic or Melchizedek Priesthood

    (An increase of 25,932 during the year)

    812,668

    Church Organizations (Enrollment)

    Relief Society

    785,000

    Sunday School

    2,564,134

    Aaronic Priesthood MIA-Young Men

    171,377

    Aaronic Priesthood MIA-Young Women

    212,040

    Primary

    471,538

    Melchizedek Priesthood MIA

    625,000

    Welfare Plan

    Number of Persons Assisted During the Year

    103,100

    Number Placed in Remunerative Employment

    16,159

    Man-days of Work Donated to the Welfare Plan

    154,306

    Unit-days of Equipment Use Donated

    4,756

    Genealogical Society

    Names Cleared in 1973 for Temple Ordinances

    (Genealogical records microfilmed in 27 countries during the year brought the total to 796,804 100-foot rolls of microfilm for use of the Church which are the equivalent of over 3,801,373 printed volumes of 300 pages each.)

    2,718,421

    Temples

    Number of Ordinances Performed During 1973 in the 15 Operating Temples

    For the Living

    71,555

    For the Dead

    8,836,044

    Total Number of Ordinances

    8,907,599

    Church School System

    Total 1973 Cumulative Enrollment in Church Schools, including Institutes and Seminaries

    307,086

    Those who have passed away:

    President Harold B. Lee, eleventh president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the age of 74 on December 26, 1973; Arthur V. Watkins, former United States Senator and prominent Church leader; Frank W. Asper, Salt Lake Tabernacle organist emeritus; Roy A. Welker, Church official, educator, author, and teacher; and Roland L. Jaussi, director of the San Diego Visitors Center and former director of the Missionary Home in Salt Lake City.