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‘Mormon Land’: As membership tops 16.5M, expert discusses where church is growing fastest, who is getting temples and why

(Photo courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Missionaries in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, August 30, 2019, when church President Russell M. Nelson spoke for a devotional.

During its recent General Conference, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported that its global membership has topped 16.5 million, with nearly 249,000 new converts in 2019, a substantial increase from the previous year.

Here to help drill down on those numbers — and other recently released church statistics, including country-by-country breakdowns — is independent researcher Matt Martinich, who tracks church growth on his website, ldschurchgrowth.blogspot.com, and is project manager for The Cumorah Foundation.

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