During the Saturday afternoon session, a statistical report was read, showing church expansion worldwide. Membership was 6.72 million at the end of 1988, an increase of 280,000 during the year.

Also during 1988, 552 new wards and branches of the church were organized, for a total of 16,558 in 100 nations and 25 territories, colonies or possessions.At the end of the year, 36,132 missionaries were assigned in 222 missions around the world.

Church officials had announced earlier that new missions will be organized in July with headquarters in Dresden, German Democratic Republic; Bordeaux, France; Queretaro, Mexico; Panama City, Panama; Naga, Philippines; and McAllen, Texas.

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(CHART #1)

LDS CHURCH GROWTH

MEMBERS CONVERT BAPTISMS

MILLIONS THOUSANDS

1978...4.17

1985...5.91 1985...197,640

1986...6.17 1986...216,210

1987...6.44 1987...227,284

1988...6.72 1988...256,515

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(CHART #2)

1978 1985 1986 1987 1988

STAKES 990 1,582 1,622 1,666 1,707

WARDS 8,064 10,168 10,527 10,907 11,196

MISSIONS 166 188 193 205 222

MISSIONARIES 27,669 29,265 31,803 34,750 36,132

Number of sovereign countries with organized wards or branches...100

Number of territories, colonies and possessions with

organized wards or branches......25