Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Mormonism in Africa
Meridian Magazine (an online webzine for Latter-day Saints) posted a saddening article today: "African Members Strengthen International Church." Having recently returned from Uganda (and visiting the Mormon church there), I found this brief report disturbing. Here is an excerpt:

According to the Member and Statistical Records Division at Church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Church membership during 2006 increased by 7.5 percent in Africa and 3.5 percent in the next-fastest-growing country, Mexico.

“We are always enthused to recognize the continued expansion of the Church,” noted Clifford W. Higbee, director of the records division. “The membership in Mexico, for example, crossed over the one million mark in July 2004 and neared 1.1 million at the end of 2006.”

Since 28 February 1996, a landmark date, more than half of the members of the Church live outside the United States and Canada. Of the current 12,560,869 reported members worldwide, approximately 6.7 million live outside North America.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, in anticipating this 1996 milestone, commented: “A crossover of that line is a wonderfully significant thing. It represents the fruits of a terrific outreach. The God of Heaven, whose servants we are, never intended that this should be a narrow, parochial work.”

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