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    Australia

    151 049

    Total Church Membership

    0.61% 1-in-163

    Population vs. Church Members

    40

    Stakes

    10101010

    309

    Congregations

    227 Wards
    82 Branches

    148

    Family History Centers

    148

    5

    Temples

    6

    Missions | 8 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

    578 944

    Members

    2 010

    Congregations

    Missions

    32Missions

    Family History Centers

    281

    Temples

    3Temples

    Asia

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    1 181 411

    Members

    2 124

    Congregations

    Missions

    44Missions

    Family History Centers

    336

    Temples

    8Temples

    Europe

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    512 269

    Members

    1 408

    Congregations

    Missions

    42Missions

    Family History Centers

    704

    Temples

    12Temples

    North America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    9 254 663

    Members

    18 167

    Congregations

    Missions

    192Missions

    Family History Centers

    2 530

    Temples

    109Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    552 825

    Members

    1 251

    Congregations

    Missions

    18Missions

    Family History Centers

    299

    Temples

    10Temples

    South America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    4 038 057

    Members

    5 546

    Congregations

    Missions

    94Missions

    Family History Centers

    941

    Temples

    17Temples