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    Australia

    155 383

    Total Church Membership

    0.6% 1-in-166

    Population vs. Church Members

    42

    Stakes

    10101010

    309

    Congregations

    235 Wards
    74 Branches

    143

    Family History Centers

    143

    5

    Temples

    5

    Missions | 7 Districts

    History

    A Brief History of the Church in Australia

     

    The first missionary of the Church to Australia was William Barratt, a 17-year-old English convert who arrived in 1840. He was followed a year later by Andrew Anderson from Scotland, who organized the first branch (a small congregation) in 1844. American missionaries John Murdock and Charles Wandell arrived in Sydney on 31 October 1851. They found the colony in the grip of gold fever. "The more plentiful the gold, the smaller the hearts of the people were," they recorded.

     

    A small branch was organized in Sydney early in 1852 with a handful of members. In September of that year a branch was organized in Melbourne. Many early converts emigrated to the United States, including Joseph Ridges, who was an organ builder. He later built the organ that was used in the historic Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. This pattern — baptism followed by emigration — was one of the factors that held Church growth in Australia in check for many years.

     

    Then, in the mid-1950s, the Church in Australia was caught up in an unprecedented surge in membership that has continued ever since. This surge resulted from a number of factors, including a decline in emigration of Australian members to Utah, much-improved social acceptance of the Church, the start of an intensive chapel-building program, growing numbers of local leaders and an emphasis on missionary work.

     

    The first Church building was constructed in Brisbane in 1904.

     

    The country’s first temple, located in Sydney, was completed in 1984. Members gathered for the dedication ceremonies in September of that year.

     

    Church members have contributed to Australian communities in various ways. In the early 1990s, members helped to computerize government genealogical records in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia. Members also helped when 1.5 million acres were destroyed by bush fires in 1993. They donated food to firefighters and stranded motorists. Members have also donated food for drought-stricken farmers. These funds were drawn from the profits of Church-owned farms in southern New South Wales. The farms, the largest rural holding in the Riverina, were purchased in early 1998.

     

    More recently, the Church donated AUD200,000 to the victims of the devastating Cyclone Larry, which hit Australia’s northeastern coast in the state of Queensland. The donation brought the Church’s total for humanitarian aid given in Australia over the last 10 years to over AUD4.2 million. 

     

     

    Africa

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    736 701

    Members

    2 476

    Congregations

    Missions

    39Missions

    Family History Centers

    343

    Temples

    5Temples

    Asia

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    1 259 094

    Members

    2 110

    Congregations

    Missions

    45Missions

    Family History Centers

    363

    Temples

    8Temples

    Europe

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    500 239

    Members

    1 350

    Congregations

    Missions

    34Missions

    Family History Centers

    658

    Temples

    14Temples

    North America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    9 489 479

    Members

    18 476

    Congregations

    Missions

    174Missions

    Family History Centers

    2 621

    Temples

    112Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    587 462

    Members

    1 301

    Congregations

    Missions

    18Missions

    Family History Centers

    314

    Temples

    10Temples

    South America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    4 232 425

    Members

    5 602

    Congregations

    Missions

    97Missions

    Family History Centers

    1 106

    Temples

    21Temples