15 Million Members: 'Spreading Across the Earth'

As he opened general conference on Oct. 5, President Thomas S. Monson said, "I am happy to announce that two weeks ago, the membership of the Church reached 15 million."

He added, "The Church continues to grow steadily and to change the lives of more and more people every year. It is spreading across the earth as our missionary force seeks out those who are searching for the truth."

In announcing the milestone, President Monson mentioned the organizing meeting of the Church on April 6, 1830, at which six members of the Church were present. (As indicated in a footnote to President Monson's published address, as many as a few dozen people were present on that occasion, but six were officially listed as organizing members.)

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