The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Australia

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) has had a presence in the Australia since 1840.

The Perth Australia Temple, completed in 2001

First missionaries, convert, and congregation[edit]

The LDS Church was introduced into Australia when William James Barratt, emigrated from England to Adelaide in November 1840.[1] He had been ordained an elder by George A. Smith, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who instructed him to share the gospel whenever he could.[1] Barratt, whose descendants still live in the Adelaide area, eventually drifted away from the church, but not until after he had baptized, probably the first Australian convert, Robert Beauchamp.[2] Beauchamp later became president of the Australian Mission. Andrew and Elizabeth Anderson, also British converts, immigrated to Wellington, near Dubbo, New South Wales, with their three children in 1841. Anderson baptized several converts and in 1844 organized the church's first Australian branch in Wellington.[2]

Official LDS missionary work did not begin in Australia until John Murdock and Charles W. Wandell arrived in Sydney from Utah on 30 October 1851.[3]

The first church building was constructed in Brisbane in 1904 and the country’s first temple, located in Sydney, was completed in 1984.[3]

Current status[edit]

As of 6 April 2013, the LDS Church reported 136,617 members, 34 stakes, nine districts, 208 wards, 82 branches, and five missions.[3] There are five temples in Australia, located in the cities of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney

The membership reported by the church in the Australia is approximately 0.57% of the country's population.[4] However, the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2006 has estimated that members of the church numbered only 52,141,[5] or 0.24% of the population.[4] LDS Church membership statistics are different from self-reported statistics mainly because the LDS Church does not remove an individual’s name from its membership rolls based on inactivity in the church.[6][7]

Temples[edit]

The Sydney Australia Temple was the first LDS temple built in Australia; it was dedicated in September 1984. Four additional temples were dedicated between 2000 and 2003.

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Carlingford, Hornsby Shire, New South Wales, Australia
2 April 1980
20 September 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley
33°46′32.22119″S 151°3′2.131199″E / 33.7756169972°S 151.05059199972°E / -33.7756169972; 151.05059199972 (Sydney Australia Temple)
30,677 sq ft (2,850 m2) on a 3 acre (1.2 ha) site
Modern, single-spire design - designed by Emil B. Fetzer and R. Lindsay Little

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Norwood, Payneham & St Peters, South Australia, Australia
17 March 1999
15 June 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley
34°53′32.90280″S 138°38′6.007199″E / 34.8924730000°S 138.63500199972°E / -34.8924730000; 138.63500199972 (Adelaide Australia Temple)
10,700 sq ft (990 m2) and 71 ft (22 m) high on a 6.94 acre (2.8 ha) site
Classic modern, single-spire design - designed by Simon Drew

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Knox, Victoria, Australia
30 October 1998
16 June 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley
37°52′7.586400″S 145°12′45.43920″E / 37.86877400000°S 145.2126220000°E / -37.86877400000; 145.2126220000 (Melbourne Australia Temple)
10,700 sq ft (990 m2) and 71 ft (22 m) high on a 5.98 acre (2.4 ha) site
Classic modern, single-spire design - designed by Warwick Tempany and Church A&E Services

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Stirling, Western Australia
11 June 1999
20 May 2001 by Gordon B. Hinckley
31°54′24.85799″S 115°52′11.40239″E / 31.9069049972°S 115.8698339972°E / -31.9069049972; 115.8698339972 (Perth Australia Temple)
10,700 sq ft (990 m2) and 71 ft (22 m) high on a 2.76 acre (1.1 ha) site
Classic modern, single-spire design - designed by Christou Cassella & JEC

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Kangaroo Point, Queensland, Australia
20 July 1998
15 June 2003 by Gordon B. Hinckley
27°28′51.18960″S 153°2′1.827599″E / 27.4808860000°S 153.03384099972°E / -27.4808860000; 153.03384099972 (Brisbane Australia Temple)
10,700 sq ft (990 m2) and 71 ft (22 m) high on a 0.86 acre (0.3 ha) site
Classic modern, single-spire design - designed by Phillips, Smith, Conwell

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b John Devitry-Smith, "William James Barratt: The First Mormon 'Down Under'", BYU Studies, vol. 28, no. 3 (June 2007)
  2. ^ a b Ruth Goldthorpe (1989). Our Honourable Inheritance : A History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Australia (Adelaide)
  3. ^ a b c A Brief History of the Church in Australia
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of statistics list a population of 21,874,900 or claim of 0.57% and 0.24% of the population by the LDS church and Australian Bureau of statistics respectively.
  5. ^ 2006 Census of Population and Housing, Religious Affiliation (Full Classification List) By Sex, Australian Bureau of statistics, See Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (line 51)
  6. ^ "Membership, Retention on the Rise", Ensign, June 2007, pp. 75–80. "Church membership growth numbers are often interpreted inaccurately, which can lead to misconceptions in the media, Brother Buckner said. Therefore, it is important to clearly understand what these numbers signify. They represent the number of Church members, but they do not represent activity rates. The Church does not remove an individual’s name from its membership rolls based on inactivity."
  7. ^ "Church Statistics Reflect Steady Growth". LDS Newsroom. 11 April 2007 "it is a challenge for the Church to keep track of all of its members, especially if they do not regularly attend Sunday services. The Church does not remove an individual’s name from its membership rolls based on inactivity."

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