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, 9 stakes and 3 districts, 107 congregations (73 wards, 34 branches),[1] 2 missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo[2][3]

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

History[edit]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began in the DR Congo (then 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.

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

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ LDS Meetinghouse Locator
  2. ^ Democratic Republic of the Congo, "Facts and Statistics: Statistics by Country", Newsroom (LDS Church), 1 January 2012, retrieved 2013-03-11 
  3. ^ "Country information: Democratic Republic of the Congo", 2013 Church Almanac (Deseret News) 
  4. ^ Africa, Caribbean Lead the way in LDS Growth [sic]
  5. ^ Mormon church helps bring water to help African Communities
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Cumorah.com- country profiles- Congo DR
  8. ^ "Country information: Democratic Republic of the Congo", Deseret News Church Almanac (multiple almanacs from various years) (Deseret News) 
  9. ^ Walker, Joseph (1 October 2011). "LDS general conference opens with the announcement of six new Mormon temples". Deseret News (Salt Lake City). Retrieved 1 October 2011. .
  10. ^ "Mormon church president announces plans for new temples in Utah, Wyoming, Colombia, Africa". Washington Post. AP. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011. .

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