The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Korea

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The Seoul Korea Temple

As of April 2013, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) reported 85,628 members, 16 stakes, six districts,and 128 Congregations (83 wards[1] and 45 branches),[1] four missions, and one temple in South Korea.[2]


Korea was introduced to the LDS Church by church members serving in the U.S. military during the Korean War.[citation needed]

The first Korean member of the church was Kim Ho Jik, who joined the church in July 1951 while obtaining his doctorate at Cornell University.[3] After finishing his doctorate, Kim returned to Korea and served as the Minister of Education in the Syngman Rhee administration.[citation needed] As an influential figure in education and the community, he served in the church and contributed immensely to the growth of the LDS Church in Korea.[citation needed]

During the Korean War, Korean citizens who worshiped with U.S. military servicemen at LDS Church services in Pusan and Seoul began to be baptized members of the church.

Elders Don G. Powell and Richard L. Detton were the first Mormon missionaries in Korea; they arrived on April 20, 1956.

In 1967, the first Korean-language version of the Book of Mormon was published.

The LDS Church has 450 full-time missionaries serving in four missions in South Korea.[citation needed]

In 2005, the church changed its name in Korea from "말일성도 예수 그리스도 교회" to "예수 그리스도 후기 성도 교회".

Membership history[edit]

Year Membership
1954 64
1964 1,800
1975 9,000
1983 28,795
1990 59,000
1999 71,166
2008 81,251
2012 85,041


  • Korea Busan Mission
  • Korea Daejon Mission
  • Korea Seoul Mission
  • Korea Seoul South Mission (Created July 2013).[4]


Main article: Seoul Korea Temple

April 14, 1985, the Korean Temple of the church was dedicated. In the LDS Church, there is a distinction between a meetinghouse and a Temple. By 1985, there were numerous meetinghouses but only one temple in Korea.

Seoul Korea Temple (CIMG1799) by felvirordinario.jpeg

37. Seoul Korea edit


Seoul, South Korea
1 April 1981
14 December 1985 by Gordon B. Hinckley
37°33′32.24519″N 126°55′52.68360″E / 37.5589569972°N 126.9313010000°E / 37.5589569972; 126.9313010000 (Seoul Korea Temple)
28,057 sq ft (2,607 m2) and 112 ft (34 m) high on a 1 acre (0.4 ha) site
Modern adaptation of six-spire design - designed by Church A&E Services and Komerican Architects


  1. ^ a b LDS Meetinghouse Locator. Nearby Congregations (Wards and Branches).
  2. ^ LDS Newsroom (Statistical Information)
  3. ^ Palmer, Spencer J. "Kim Ho Jik" in Garr, Arnold K., Donald Q. Cannon and Richard O. Cowan, ed., Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, 2000) p. 613
  4. ^ New mission presidents by area for 2013


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