LDS Church announces 2016 statistical report; calls new General Relief Society Presidency


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is growing according to the annual statistical report shared in the 187th Annual General Conference.

At the conclusion of 2016, church membership had grown to 15,882,417, which is up from 15,634,199 members in 2015. There are now 3,266 stakes, up from 3,174 stakes in 2015.

There were six new temples dedicated in 2016: Provo City Center; Sapporo Japan; Philadelphia Pennsylvania; Fort Collins Colorado; Star Valley Wyoming and Hartford Connecticut. This brought the total of operating temples at the end of 2016 to 155 operating temples.

Each year, at the April general conference, the First Presidency issues a statistical report on the important numbers from the previous year. Find the full report at

Besides sharing the statistical report, the church also had members sustain church leaders in the Saturday Afternoon Session of conference. During the sustaining, the church released the Relief Society general presidency which included Linda K. Burton, Carole M. Stephens and Linda S. Reeves.

The new Relief Society general presidency includes Jean B. Bingham as president (who is the former first counselor in the Church’s Primary general presidency), Sharon Eubank as first counselor and Reyna I. Aburto as second counselor.

The First Presidency also called six General Authority Seventies and 36 Area Seventies. The new General Authority Seventies include Taylor G. Godoy, Joni L. Koch, Adilson de Paula Parrella, John C. Pingree Jr. , Brian K. Taylor and Taniela B. Wakolo.

Learn more about the newly called general authorities at

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