Growth of the kingdom ENGLISHPresentation Transcript
D & C 1: The Lord’s Preface to the D & C:
4: And the voice of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my disciples, whom I have chosen in these last days.
5: And they shall go forth and none shall stay them, for I the Lord have commanded them.
That faith also might increase in the earth;
22. That mine everlasting covenant might be established.
That the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world and before kings and rulers
And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church , and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth.
D & C 6:6 ( 11:6)
6: Now, as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and ESTABLISH THE CAUSE OF ZION.
RESTORATION AND GROWTH OF THE CHURCH IN THE DUE TIME OF THE LORD
D & C 64:33 Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work . And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.
Behold the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind ; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days.
And the rebellious shall be cut off of the land of Zion…
For verily, I say that the rebellious are not of the blood of Ephraim …
41. For behold, I say unto you that Zion shall flourish…
42. And she shall be an ensign unto the people and there shall come unto her out of every nation under heaven.
NAUVOO the Beautiful
In the early period of the church from 1830 to 1850 Church membership increased from 6 to 16,865 in 1840 (10 years). During this period of time the main body of the Church moved from upstate New York to Ohio and Missouri, ultimately uniting in Illinois . There the Church continued it’s rapid growth, almost doubling in size between 1840 and 1845.
AT the PROPHET’S death there were approximately 26,146 Members of the Church
Salt Lake City 1850
By 1850, Church membership had tripled to 51,839, largely from the U.S. and the U.K (with only 39% in the United States.) GREAT SALT LAKE 1853
Salt Lake City prior to the completion of the Salt Lake Temple The consolidation of the Utah Church characterized the second growth and location period. Between 1850 and 1900, Church membership increased from 51,839 to 283,765 , at an average annual growth of approximately 4%. This was a period of immigration. In 1850, only 39% of the Church members were located in the United States. However, this changed to 90% by 1900 as Utah and surrounding states became home to the majority of members. In 1860, 97% of the Church members in the United States lived in Utah. This concentration peaked in 1870 at 98% and was down to 72% by 1900 as Brigham Young sent out people to settle Nevada, Arizona, Idaho and California.
The third distinctive period occurred between 1900 and 1950. This was an era of slow growth. Church membership went from 283,765 to 1,111,314 in 1950 for an average annual growth of 2.2%, half of the growth of 1850 to 1900. By 1950, 90% of the members were still in the United States but only 46% lived in Utah. The surrounding states had 21% and the pacific states 14%.
Thus 91% lived in the western United States. TWO WORLD WARS limited the number of missionaries and missions served. Very slow growth except by birth.
1959 David O. McKay said: Every Member a Missionary. This marked the Beginning of Missionary Work after WWII as we know it. This also marked the first period in the Church history where it’s members were financially able to finance the work Missionary Age Changed to 19
EVERYTHING WAS A PREPARATION FOR THE 1960’s and BEYOND!!! All the work for all intents and purposes, all the missionary work of the history of the world is going to be done in this dispensation. None of the rest of it amounted to much of anything. It was honest effort, it was honestly done, it mattered for a few, it mattered for those that did it for sure and it mattered to a handful of those to whom they went but they didn’t get very far, they didn’t do very much. Jeffrey R. Holland Missionaries MTC Aug 30, 2011 Almost all the missionary work that will be done that will matter that will collectively matter and historically carry forward and have its impact into eternity it’s missionary work that’s going to be done in this dispensation since Joseph Smith on. And we’re doing that incrementally and we’re doing that with more momentum and we’re doing it with more and more success. Jeffrey R. Holland MTC Provo Aug 30 2011
Since WWII the Church has experienced 5% annual growth. From 1950 to 2000, the membership increased from 1,111,314 to 11,068,861 in 2000. By 1992, only 53% of the Church members resided in the U.S., with only 16.5% living in Utah.
THE ORIGINAL MISSIONS TO EUROPE– almost all between 1837 and 1852 Sweden 1850 ) Norway 1851 Finland 1876 Denmark 1852 Italy 1850 France 1849 Germany 1842 Ireland 1850 Netherlands 1864 Portugal 1974 Spain 1976 Switzerland 1851 England 1837 Attempts were made to open the work in India, China, Siam, West Indies and Prussia in 1853
Missionary Work finally began in Central and South America in earnest in the 1960’s Argentina 1949 Brazil 1935 Chile 1959 Bolivia 1964 Colombia 1966 Costa Rica 1950 Dom. Rep1978 Ecuador 1965 El Salvador 1951 Guatemala - Honduas-Nicaragua1952 Mexico 1901 & 1961 Venezuela 1967 Paraguay 1970 Peru 1959 Andes Mission Puerto Rico 1964
GROWTH OF MISSIONS 1830 to 1900 NO MORE THAN 20 MISSIONS BY 1959 ONLY 50 MISSIONS 1965 76 Missions and 13,000 Missionaries 1980 188 Missions and 43,000 Missionaries 1990 256 Missions and 52,000 Missionaries 2000 334 Missions and 68,000 Missionaries Elder Mel Larson & Doug Earl in Lima Peru 2010 340 Missions and 52,225 Missionaries
Korea 1956 Spain 1969 Taiwan 1956 Philippines 1967 Angola 2010 Botswana 1990 Congo 1986 Ghana 1980 India 2001 Indonesia 1970 Albania 1994 Bulgaria 1990 South Africa 1903 Madagascar 1991 Mozambique 1996 Tanzania 1992 Uganda 1990 Zimbabue 1951 Nambia 1990 Nigeria 1978 Kenya 1980 RUSSIA 1990 NEW FIELDS OF LABOR in the 90’s and the TURN OF THE CENTURY
The History of the Church & Temples
1843Joseph Smith Red Brick Store PLACES OF ENDOWMENT and TEMPLES OF THE RESTORATION Nauvoo Temple Dec. 15 1845 to Feb. 12 1846 ANNOUNCED and/or Dedicated: Independence Missouri Kirtland Temple 27 March 1836 Far West Temple Adam-ondi-Ahman Temple Nauvoo Temple 1-3 May 1846 Endowment House 5 May 1855
St. George Temple 1877 Logan Temple 1884 2011 Conference report by President Thomas S. Monson 1830 to 1980 or 150 years= 21 Temples
Manti Temple 1888 Salt Lake City Temple 1893 LAIE HAWAII TEMPLE 1919 Cardston Alberta Canada Temple in 1923
Mesa Arizona Temple 1927 Idaho Falls Temple 1945 Bern Switzerland Temple 1955 Los Angeles Temple 1956
Hamilton New Zealand 1958 London England Temple 1958 Oakland California Temple 1964 Ogden Utah Temple 1972 Provo Utah Temple 1972 Washington DC 1974 Sao Paulo Brazil 1978
1980 to 2010 or 30 years= 115 temples Temples in Operation 134 Temples Under Construction 10 Additional Temples Announced 22 FOR A TOTAL OF 166 TEMPLES
TWO WAYS THE CHURCH GROWS Missionary Work Marriage, Children and Grandchildren 2010 275,000+ Baptisms by the Missionaries 2010 125,000+ Children of Record Baptized
Kenneth y Vertie Earl
George y Mable Roylance
63 grandchildren 126 Cousins 63 Grandchildren 1239 Active Members of the Church of Jesus Christ…. 7 Children 16 9 Children 2 + 2 = 4
104 & 67=171
340 + 276 295 + 182
The scattering of Israel
The Lord scattered and afflicted the twelve tribes of Israel because of their unrighteousness and rebellion. However, the Lord also used this scattering of his chosen people among the nations of the world to bless those nations.
I will scatter you among the heathen, Lev. 26:33
The Lord shall scatter thee among all people, Deut. 28:25, 37, 64
I will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, Jer. 29:18 – 19
I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, Amos 9:9 ( Zech. 10:9 ).
Jesus was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, Matt. 15:24
I have other sheep which are not of this fold, John 10:16
Israel shall be scattered upon all the face of the earth, 1 Ne. 22:3 – 8
Jacob sets forth Zenos ’ s allegory of the tame and wild olive trees, Jacob 5 – 6
The work of the Father will commence among the dispersed tribes, 3 Ne. 21:26
The gathering of Israel
The house of Israel shall be gathered together in the last days before the coming of Christ ( A of F 1:10 ). The Lord gathers his people Israel when they accept him and keep his commandments.
He will lift up an ensign and they shall come, Isa. 5:26
With great mercies will I gather thee, Isa. 54:7
Israel and Judah are to be gathered to their lands, Jer. 30:3
The Lord shall gather the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, Ezek. 28:25
In the dispensation of the fulness of times he will gather in one all things in Christ, Eph. 1:10
After Israel is scattered, they will be gathered, 1 Ne. 15:12 – 17
The Lord will gather in all people of the house of Israel, 1 Ne. 19:16 ( 3 Ne. 16:5 ).
They shall be brought out of darkness and know that the Lord is their Savior, 1 Ne. 22:12
God gathers and numbers his children, 1 Ne. 22:25
The nations of the Gentiles shall carry Israel forth to the lands of their inheritance, 2 Ne. 10:8 ( 3 Ne. 16:4 ).
My people and my word shall be gathered as one, 2 Ne. 29:13 – 14
The elders are called to gather the elect, D&C 29:7 ( D&C 39:11 ).
I will gather mine elect, D&C 33:6
Gather so that I may give you my law and that you may be endowed, D&C 38:31 – 33
I will recover my people, who are of the house of Israel, D&C 39:11
The Saints shall come forth, D&C 45:46
Moses delivered the keys of the gathering, D&C 110:11
Righteousness and truth will sweep the earth and gather out the Lord ’ s elect, Moses 7:62
The ten lost tribes of Israel made up the northern kingdom of Israel and were carried away captive into Assyria in 721 B.C. At that time they went to the “ north countries ” and became lost to the knowledge of others. In the last days they will return.
I will say to the north, Give up, Isa. 43:6
These shall come from the north, Isa. 49:12 ( 1 Ne. 21:12 ).
Judah and Israel shall come together out of the land of the north, Jer. 3:18
I will bring them from the north country, Jer. 31:8
The Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel, 2 Ne. 29:12 – 13
I go to show myself unto the lost tribes of Israel, 3 Ne. 17:4
When the gospel is preached to the remnant of the house of Israel, the lost tribes will be gathered home to the land of their inheritance, 3 Ne. 21:26 – 29
Moses committed the keys of the gathering of Israel to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, D&C 110:11
They who are in the north countries shall come in remembrance before the Lord, D&C 133:26 – 32
We believe in the literal gathering of Israel, A of F 1:10
Maria Denysenko from Rueben She is 23 a member 4 years from Lviv Ukraine the only member of her family, a degree in sociology and her boyfriend is serving a mission in Salt Lake City
Alexander Mosenkov from Rueben Alexander is the husband of our teacher Olga Mosenkova, both returned missionaries living in St. Petersburg. She has a patriarchal blessing with no tribe designation as of yet.
Anton BARBAKOV from SIMEON Anton is 20, a member since birth from Donesk Russia, the oldest of 4 boys and his dad is a retired police that works now for the church
Alfiya Khabibullina from ISSACHAR From Revda Russia, 26, a member since 17, only member and her family members are muslims
ZulFiya Abdulazizova ZEBULON Age 23, From Pushkin Russia, by St. Petersburga member since 19 and very outgoing and fun.
Radhov IBRAGIMOV from ZEBULON 20 years old from Tyuman Russia, a member since 10 when his whole family joined through the efforts of a senior couple
Vitaly DOLOSCAN from DAN From Moldolva Moldovia a member 1.5 yrs . Joined in Abu Dabbi
Anna TIKHONOVA DAN 21 year old from Shelekhov Russia, a member 2 years, only member in the family. She spent 2 months praying for a new life when she found the Church
Ielyzaveta KARPENKO from DAN Elizabeth is 21, was baptized at 17, the only member of her family, fluent in English, and she is from the Ukraine
Andrey BERDNIKOV from NAPHTALI 25, from Irkutsk Russia, a recent member, only member of his family, looked for the Church
Vasiliy Starostin from ASHER 24, from Penza Russia, with several family members joining with him
from GAD 24, from
from JUDAD 24, from
from LEVI 24, from
EPHRAIM Sister Helder from Mozambique Elder Carvalho from Brazil Sister Pintual from Portugal and Sisters __ and Savchuk from Russia
MANASSEH from the North (and south) Sister Glazacheva from Russia and Sister Lovanova from Russia Sister Kareba from Russia Sister Gonzalez from Colombia & Florida
REGIONS OF GROWTH AS A PERCENTAGE
AFRICA 13% growth in Africa Missionary Ken Jorgensen in Ghana
Mexico and Central America 12%
South America 10% CHICLAYO PERU 2010 Priesthood & RS Presidents Leadership afternoon 7 Stakes presidents
1830-1850 6 to 51,839 NEW YORK TO SALT LAKE CITY UTAH 1850-1900 51,839 to 283,765 SALT LAKE TO TURN OF CENTURY, 1900-1950 283,765-1,111,314 SLOW UTAH GROWTH First 20 Years Next 50 years Next 50 years Next 50 years Next 10 years 1950 to 2000 1,111,314 to 11,068,861 Explosion Especially from 1964 and forward 2000 -2010 11,068,861 to 14,131,467 members AFTER WWII is when the Church and the Church Members in terms of resources and wealth were able to finally go to all the world Number of Members in the Church
Updated list of the countries with the most Latter-day Saints without a stake For a stake to be organized, there must be at least 120 active, tithe-paying Melchizedek Priesthood holders and at least five congregations which have enough active members and leadership manpower to become wards. Local leaders and members also must exhibit a certain degree of self-sustainability without reliance on the mission president or mission and area leadership. Below is a list of the top 20 countries with the most members without a stake.
1 . Cambodia 10,530 members 5 districts 24 branches 2 . China (mainland) 10,000 members 3. India 9,188 members 7 districts 36 branches 4 . Sierra Leone 8,907 members 2 districts 23 branches 5. Cape Verde 7,456 members 3 districts 18 branches 6 . Malaysia 7,314 members 7 districts 28 branches 7. Jamaica 5,721 members 2 districts 20 branches 8. Liberia 5,447 members 2 districts 13 branches 9. Mozambique 5,392 members 2 districts 19 branches 10. Guyana 5,016 members 1 district 13 branches 11. Vanuatu 4,354 members 3 districts 26 branches 12. Micronesia 4,193 members 4 districts 20 branches 13. Belize 3,852 members 2 districts 11 branches 14. Romania 2,905 members 2 districts 17 branches 15. Armenia 2,888 members 2 districts 14 branches 16. Pakistan 2,600 members (estimate) 2 districts 10 branches 17. Zambia 2,587 members 2 districts 11 branches 18. Czech Republic 2,282 members 2 districts 14 branches 19. Bulgaria 2,206 members 2 districts 11 branches 20. Cook Islands 1,859 members 1 district 5 branches
Based on reports from full-time missionaries and members from around the world, the first stakes in Cambodia , India , Sierra Leone , Jamaica , and Liberia appear likely to be organized in the near future as each of these nations have districts which are close to meeting the minimal standards for a stake to be organized. The organization of stakes is a possibility over the medium term in Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guyana, Belize, and Armenia as districts in each of these nations have enough congregations and total members to become stakes but lack the needed number of active members to warrant stake organizations. The first stakes in Malaysia, Vanuatu, Micronesia, Romania, Zambia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and the Cook Islands may be a possibility over the medium or long term as districts in these nations often have too few congregations to create a stake and not enough nominal members to become a stake as stakes generally require approximately 2,000 total members to operate.
If you do not love God, and His cause, better than everything else besides, and cannot with a good heart and willing hand, build it up upon the earth; if you will not repent of your follies, and get the Spirit of truth in you, so as to love it, and feel willing to sacrifice all for it, you cannot build up the kingdom of God.JD 1:115, Brigham Young, February 27, 1853
Celestial Kingdom Spirit World Earth TWO GROUPS OF NOBLE AND GREAT ONES in the Pre EXISTENCE LITTLE CHILDRED (who die before 8) are tested and trained in the Celestial Kingdom and are briefly sent to earth to gain a body and then to the SPIRIT WORLD to form a great MISSIONARY FORCE. ( YOU) the NOBLE and GREAT ELDERS of this dispensation are tested and trained in the Celestial Kingdom and are sent to the EARTH to form a great MISSIONARY FORCE 80% of all the people that have ever lived upon this earth have been born since the time of JOSEPH SMITH 20% of all of Heavenly Father’s children have died before the age of accountability There are so many of God’s children in both places that he has to have a way to work in both places