The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Isle of Man

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As of 31 December 2012, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported 293 members in zero stakes, one congregation (no wards[1] and one branch[1]), and no temples in the Isle of Man.[2][3]

Despite their small numbers, Manx Mormons have a heritage going back over a hundred and fifty years, which is obscured by their tendency to emigrate to the USA and by the LDS Church administering the Isle of Man as part of England, when it is not actually part of the United Kingdom.


"Cannon, Hon. Geo. Q. of Utah" c. 1873-1881, from Brady-Handy Collection, Library of Congress. He was of Manx parentage

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 earliest missions were in England, in Lancashire, and Liverpool, areas with close contact with the Isle of Man. The first missionary to the Isle of Man was John Taylor.[4]

The missionaries were known as "dippers" from their full-immersion baptism. A poem, The Mormonites' Address to the Manxies was published in Mona's Herald in April 1841 satirising them:

Hear, oh, ye undipt wretches, hear,
If ye in glory would appear, -
If ye be saved, ye must revere
The saints of the Missouri.[4]

There is currently one chapel and one ward on the Isle of Man, based in suburban Douglas.

John Thomas Caine[edit]

John Thomas Caine (January 8, 1829 – September 20, 1911) was a delegate to the United States House of Representatives from the Territory of Utah. Caine was born in the parish of Patrick, and Caine attended the common schools in Douglas.

Cannon family[edit]

The Cannon family is a prominent U.S. political family in the states of Utah, Nevada and Idaho which descends from the 19th century marriage of George Cannon and Ann Quayle before their emigration from Peel, Isle of Man. The family's most notable member was their oldest son George Quayle Cannon. The family is connected by marriage to the Bennion, Taylor, Wells and Young political families.


LDS Membership statistics as of January 1, 2011 for the Isle of Man.[2]

Country Membership Stakes Wards Branches Total Congregations Missions Temples
Isle of Man 291 1 1


The nation of the Isle of Man does not have its own mission. Instead it is served by an English mission.

Five out of the six British Isles missions are based in England.


There are no LDS temples in the Isle of Man.

Both of the UK/British Isles temples are in England. The Preston temple serves the IOM, and the London one did until 1997.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Preston England Temple.jpg

52. Preston England edit


Chorley, Lancashire, United Kingdom
19 October 1992
7 June 1998 by Gordon B. Hinckley
53°40′20.91360″N 2°37′52.59″W / 53.6724760000°N 2.6312750°W / 53.6724760000; -2.6312750 (Preston England Temple)
69,630 sq ft (6,469 m2) and 159 ft (48 m) high on a 15 acre (6.1 ha) site
Modern, single-spire design - designed by Church A&E Services

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b LDS Meetinghouse Locator. Nearby Congregations (Wards and Branches).
  2. ^ a b "Facts and Statistics: Statistics by Country: Isle of Man", Newsroom, LDS Church, 31 December 2011, retrieved 2013-02-22 
  3. ^ "Country information: United Kingdom", Church News Online Almanac, Deseret News, February 1, 2010, retrieved 2012-10-18 
  4. ^ a b

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