The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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As of January 1, 2012, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported 30,435 members, nine stakes and three districts, 107 congregations (73 wards, 34 branches),[1] two missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo[2][3]

Currently, the Democratic Republic of the Congo ranks as having the 16th highest LDS growth rate among countries of the world, with an annual growth rate of 13 percent.[4]

History[edit]

The LDS Church began in the Zaire in 1986, the first missionaries reaching Kinshasa. The church has grown quickly since then, with the first stake being organised in 1996.

Since establishing itself in the country, the church has played a large role in providing humanitarian aid services in the nation. This has involved installing clean water distribution systems in areas where sanitation and water are low.[5]

In 2011, it was reported that the church had reached a total of 100 congregations in the DRC[6]

Membership History[edit]

Year Membership
1988 400a
1990 1,400a
1994 3,400a
1996 5,300a
1998 6,400a
2000 8,197a
2002 10,991a
2004 14,991a
2006 17,074a
2008 19,313a
2009 20,883b
2010 23,615b
2011 27,058b
2012 30,435b
  • a Cumorah.com - Country Profiles[7]
  • b Actual Membership for January 1 of the respective year[8]


Missions[edit]

Temple[edit]

On October 1, 2011 the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple was announced by President Thomas S. Monson.

166. Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo (Announced) edit

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
1 October 2011
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Announced by Thomas S. Monson on 1 October 2011[9][10]

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