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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1830)

continuedChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

   

split into  Church of Christ (Temple Lot) (1867)
Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonite) (1875)
Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerite) (1853)
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Strangite) (1845)
Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (1860)

The main body of Latter-day Saints is headquarted in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the Salt Lake Temple and Tabernacle are located. This church was organized on April 6, 1830 at Fayette, New York by Joseph Smith. Members believe that Joseph Smith was divinely directed to restore the gospel to the earth, and that through him the keys to the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods and temple work also were restored.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 4,241 1,062 535,659
1929 4,435 1,448 596,108
1931 - - 468,386
1933 - 1,401 638,761
1935 4,476 1,354 666,594
1937 - 1,519 690,401
1939 - 1,499 724,401
1941 - 1,598 816,774
1944 - 1,757 870,346
1946 - - 911,279
1947 - 1,815 916,789
1950 - 2,117 1,111,314
1952 200 2,348 1,077,285
1953 - 2,619 1,179,887
1955 - 2,624 1,230,021
1956 - 2,869 1,289,581
1957 - 3,002 1,339,638
1958 - 3,139 1,394,729
1959 - 3,290 1,457,735
1960 - 3,491 1,486,887
1961 - 3,566 1,595,390
1962 - 3,780 1,682,096
1963 4,504 4,018 1,787,896
1964 - 4,060 1,850,000
1965 - 4,222 1,789,175
1966 - 4,022 2,480,899
1967 - 4,413 1,891,965
1968 13,205 3,962 1,930,811
1970 15,921 4,828 2,073,146
1971 17,272 4,995 2,133,072
1972 17,133 5,112 2,185,810
1973 18,855 5,162 2,208,045
1974 18,096 5,401 2,267,866
1975 18,546 5,529 2,336,715
1976 19,269 5,739 2,391,892
1977 20,490 5,955 2,486,261
1978 21,536 6,272 2,952,000
1979 23,073 6,738 2,706,000
1980 25,075 7,379 2,811,000
1981 26,140 7,686 3,490,000
1982 26,686 7,839 3,510,000
1983 27,745 8,017 3,602,000
1985 28,598 8,396 3,860,000
1987 29,714 8,682 4,000,000
1989 30,960 9,049 4,175,400
1990 31,059 9,213 4,267,000
1991 31,890 9,468 4,336,000
1992 - 9,654 4,430,000
1993 - 10,007 4,520,000
1994 34,511 10,218 4,613,000
1995 35,081 10,417 4,711,500
1996 - 11,000 4,800,000
1997 36,418 10,811 4,923,100
1999 37,818 11,315 4,593,136
2000 38,964 11,562 5,208,827
2001 39,528 11,731 5,310,598
2002 40,008 11,879 5,410,544
2003 40,761 12,112 5,503,192
2004 41,889 12,463 5,599,177
2005 42,786 12,753 5,690,672
2006 43,617 13,010 5,779,316
2007 44,233 13,201 5,873,408
2008 44,545 13,363 5,974,041
2009 44,915 13,474 6,058,907

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]