The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Scotland
As of January 1, 2011, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported 26,826 members in five stakes, 40 congregations (27 wards and 13 branches), one mission, and no temples in Scotland. Since Scottish population tends to be thinly scattered over most of the country, and concentrated in a few small areas, this has caused problems with missionary work and infrastructure, particularly in island areas.
The first Mormon missionaries to proselytize 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.
Alexander Wright and Samuel Mulliner, two native born Scots living in Canada, were converted and baptized while living in Ontario during the mid-1830s. They were called as the first missionaries to Scotland, arriving in Glasgow on 20 December 1839. Elder Mulliner stopped in Edinburgh to see his parents and he also began systematic proselyting.
In February, Mulliner and Wright reunited and on 2 February 1840 baptized two young men from Leith.
By the time Orson Pratt of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles arrived in May 1840, Scotland had 80 Latter-day Saints. When six months had past he attended the mission conference in Manchester, England and report that there were over 250 Church members in the Edinburgh to Glasgow area.
While in Edinburgh, Pratt wrote and published the pamphlet “An Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions.” It included the first published account of Joseph Smith’s first vision, and with the scriptures, became a standard Church publication in Scotland.
In May 1840, missionary Reuben Hedlock began working in Glasgow where he organized a branch on 8 August 1840. By March, 1841, when Orson Pratt departed from Scotland, he left George D. Watt in charge.
Arthur's Seat also has a particular significance to the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because this is where the nation of Scotland was dedicated in 1840 "for the preaching of the gospel". The apostle, Orson Pratt, arrived in Scotland in early 1840 and climbed the hill to pray to God for more converts.
Scotland has the second highest membership of all the countries in the British Isles after England.
There are currently a single mission serving Scotland, which is shared with Ireland:
- Scotland/Ireland Mission
Five out of the six British Isles missions are based in England.
There are no LDS temples in Scotland itself.
Both of the UK/British Isles temples are in England. The Preston temple serves Scotland, and the London one did until 1997.
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Chorley, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Notable Scottish Latter-day Saints
- Brian Adam — first Latter-day Saint member of the Scottish Parliament, and later became a government minister
- David S. Baxter
- Eilley Bowers
- Phil Cunningham (folk musician) (former member)
- John Lyon (poet)
- Stanley Robertson (folk singer)
- Jane McKechnie Walton
- LDS Meetinghouse Locator. Nearby Congregations (Wards and Branches).
- "Facts and Statistics: Statistics by Country: United Kingdom", 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
- Cuthbert, Muriel (October 1978). Ensign http://www.lds.org/ensign/1978/10/the-saints-around-the-world-strong-saints-in-scotland?lang=eng. Missing or empty
- Evans, Richard L. (1984) , Century of Mormonism in Great Britain, Salt Lake City, Utah: Publishers Press, ISBN 978-0-916095-07-9, OCLC 11642406
- Cuthbert, Muriel (October 1978), "The Saints around the World: Strong Saints in Scotland", Ensign
- Whittaker, David J.; Esplin, Ronald K.; Allen, James B., eds. (1992), "Orson Pratt in Scotland", Men with a mission, 1837-1841: the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the British Isles, Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, ISBN 978-0-87579-546-1, OCLC 24375869
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