The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wales
As of January 1, 2011, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported 9,343 members in three stakes, 24 congregations (18 wards and six branches), no missions, and no temples in Wales.
Wales is served by English temples and English missions.
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The first missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to proselyte in the British Isles arrived in 1837. Beginning in the 1950s emigration to the United States began to be discouraged and local congregations began to proliferate. The church claims just over 186,000 members across the United Kingdom, spread out across over 330 local congregations.
Welsh people were instrumental in setting up choirs in Utah and elsewhere.
In late 1844, Brigham Young asked Jones to return to Wales as a missionary for the church. Jones and his wife traveled to England with Wilford Woodruff and a number of other persons who had been asked to serve as missionaries in the British Isles. After approximately one year and little success, Jones was asked to preside over the missionary efforts in Wales. At this time, there were just over 200 Latter-day Saints in Wales. Under Jones's leadership, between 1845 and 1848 the missionaries in Wales baptized approximately 3600 persons. In terms of population, one out of every 278 people in Wales at that time was baptized into the LDS Church. When Jones left Wales, there were seventy-two branches of the church and 4645 Latter-day Saints.
In 1846, Jones began to publish a Welsh language periodical for the church entitled Prophwyd y Jubili (Prophet of the Jubilee). It was the first Mormon periodical to be published in a language other than English. In 1847, Jones published the most famous of his many Welsh-language pamphlets and tracts, "Hanes Saint y Dyddiau Diweddaf" ("History of the Latter-day Saints").
The nation of Wales does not have its own mission. Instead it is served by two English missions:
There are no temples in Wales itself. Instead, Welsh members use either of the two English temples.
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Lingfield, Surrey, United Kingdom
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Chorley, Lancashire, United Kingdom
The Community of Christ, formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is the second largest Latter Day Saint sect. It claims a presence in the British Isles since the mid-19th century but currently it only has churches in England and Wales. It has house churches in Cardiff, Swansea and Llanelli.
Notable Welsh Latter-day Saints
Welsh LDS include:
- LDS Meetinghouse Locator. Nearby congregations (wards and branches).
- "United Kingdom", Facts and Statistics: Statistics by Country, Newsroom (LDS Church), 31 December 2011, retrieved 2012-10-18
- Country information: United Kingdom, Church News Online Almanac (Deseret News), February 1, 2010, retrieved 2012-10-18
- Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Thing of Most Worth”, Ensign, September 1993, p. 2.
- Rex LeRoy Christensen, “I Have a Question: I've heard that a Dan Jones was one of the most successful missionaries of the early church. Can you tell me more about him?” Ensign, March 1982, p. 19.
- Rex LeRoy Christensen, “The Life and Contributions of Captain Dan Jones,” Master’s thesis, Utah State University, 1977, p. 24.
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