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Mormon Membership Reaches Nearly 15.9 Million, Number of Full-Time Missionaries Decreases in 2016

The Church's statistical report read in the Saturday afternoon session of conference showed that the number of membership is up from the previous year, but the number of full-time missionaries is down from last year. 

The LDS Church had 15,882,417 members as of the end of 2016.

Brook P. Hales, secretary to the First Presidency, announced that number as he presented the church's annual statistical report on Saturday afternoon to the 187th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The church announces total membership once a year in April. The total always represents the number of members at the end of the most recent calendar year. The church had 15,634,199 at the end of 2015.

The increase in membership includes 240,131 convert baptisms, down from 257,402 in 2015.

The church now has 30,304 wards and branches (congregations), up from 30,016 a year ago. The number of stakes grew to 3,266 from 3,174.

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