The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the United Kingdom

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the United Kingdom
The Preston Temple by Munzerr.jpeg
AreaEurope North
Members188,187 (2019)[1]
Stakes45
Wards279
Branches41
Total Congregations320
Missions5
Temples2
Family History Centers122[2][3][4][5][6][7]


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the United Kingdom refers to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and its members in the United Kingdom. In 2019, the United Kingdom had the 2nd most LDS Church members per capita among countries in Europe, behind Portugal.[8]

Church activity in the UK[edit]

Membership in the United Kingdom
YearMembers
1841* 6,000
1930 5,912
1940 6,481
1950 6,793
1960 6,500
1970 13,814
1980 89,854
1989* 152,000
1999 174,152
2009 183,672
2019 188,187
*Membership was published as an estimate or rounded number.
Source: Windall J. Ashton; Jim M. Wall, Deseret News, various years, Church Almanac Country Information: United Kingdom[1]

The LDS Church opened its Mormon Helping Hands programme in Britain. The project runs off of donations and volunteer work from church members, and provides service in local communities by Latter-day Saints who live there.[9][10]

In the summer of 2013, the United Kingdom hosted the first official church pageant outside of North America.[11] Titled "Truth Will Prevail", it told the story of early missionary efforts in Britain.[12] The pageant included 33 core cast members, 300 family cast, and a 150-voice choir.[13]

Temples[edit]

Temples in the United Kingdom
Red = Operating
Yellow = Announced
Blue = Under Construction
Black = Closed for Renovations

On 7 September 1958 the London England Temple was dedicated by President David O. McKay.

On 7 June 1998 the Preston England Temple was dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

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Newchapel, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
February 17, 1955 by David O. McKay
August 27, 1955 by David O. McKay
September 7, 1958 by David O. McKay
October 18, 1992 by Gordon B. Hinckley
42,652 sq ft (3,962.5 m2) on a 32-acre (13 ha) site
Modern contemporary, single spire - designed by Edward O. Anderson


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Chorley, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
19 October 1992 by Ezra Taft Benson
12 June 1994 by Gordon B. Hinckley
7 June 1998 by Gordon B. Hinckley
69,630 sq ft (6,469 m2) on a 32-acre (13 ha) site
Modern, single-spire design - designed by Church A&E Services


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Birmingham, United Kingdom
3 April 2022 by Russell M. Nelson[14][15]

Membership statistics[edit]

Table shows LDS membership statistics as of 31 December 2011 for various regions and nations of the UK, along with British Crown Dependencies.[16]

Country/Dependency/ Territory Membership Stakes Wards Branches Total Congregations Missions Temples
Flag of England.svgEngland 145,385 36 230 28 258 5 2
Flag of Northern Ireland.svgNorthern Ireland 5,297 1 8 3 13
Flag of Scotland.svgScotland 26,598 5 26 13 39 1
Flag of Wales.svgWales 9,491 3 18 6 24
Flag of Bermuda.svgBermuda 156 1 1
Flag of British Virgin Islands.svgBritish Virgin Islands 150 2 2
Flag of Cayman Islands.svgCayman Islands 204 1 1
Flag of Falkland Islands.svgFalkland Islands 10 1 1
Flag of Gibraltar.svgGibraltar 16
Flag of Guernsey.svgGuernsey 46 1 1
Flag of Isle of Man.svgIsle of Man 300 1 1
Flag of Jersey.svgJersey 307 1 1
Flag of Turks and Caicos Islands.svgTurks and Caicos Islands 92 1 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Facts and Statistics: Statistics by Country: United Kingdom", Newsroom, LDS Church, retrieved 26 April 2021
  2. ^ Category:England Family History Centers, familysearch.org, retrieved 8 November 2021
  3. ^ Category:Guernsey Family History Center, familysearch.org, retrieved 8 November 2021
  4. ^ Jersey Family History Centre, Channel Islands, familysearch.org, retrieved 8 November 2021
  5. ^ Category:Northern Ireland Family History Centers, familysearch.org, retrieved 8 November 2021
  6. ^ Category:Scotland Family History Centers, familysearch.org, retrieved 8 November 2021
  7. ^ Category:Wales Family History Centers, familysearch.org, retrieved 8 November 2021
  8. ^ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints membership statistics
  9. ^ "Topic: Mormon Helping Hands", MormonNewsroom.org.uk, LDS Church
  10. ^ "'Helping Hands' give 130 man hours to help St Patrick's Church", MormonNewsroom.org.uk (News Release), LDS Church, 1 September 2014
  11. ^ Kerr, Stephen C., "British Pageant in 2013", LDS.org, LDS Church, archived from the original on 22 October 2013
  12. ^ "Church News: The British Pageant 2013", LDS.org, LDS Church, 23 July 2013, archived from the original on 7 April 2014
  13. ^ Holt, James (29 April 2013), "Truth Will Prevail is a new Mormon Pageant in UK this Summer", Deseret News
  14. ^ "7 new temple locations announced by President Nelson to close conference", Deseret News, Deseret News, 3 April 2022
  15. ^ "President Nelson Announces 17 New Temples", Newsroom, LDS Church, 3 April 2022
  16. ^ "Country information: United Kingdom", Online Almanac, Church News, 1 February 2010, retrieved 15 January 2014

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