LDS Church announces 2017 Statistical Report; calls new General Young Women Presidency

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is growing according to the annual statistical report shared online following the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Annual General Conference.

At the conclusion of 2017, church membership had grown to 16,118,169, which is up from 15,882,417 members in 2016. There are now 3,341 stakes, up from 3,266 stakes in 2016.

There were four new temples dedicated in 2017: Paris France, Tucson Arizona, Meridian Idaho, and Cedar City Utah. This brought the total of operating temples at the end of 2017 to 159 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 mormonnewsroom.org.

The church also sustained church leaders in the Saturday morning and afternoon sessions of conference. During the sustaining, the Church released the Young Women general presidency which included Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Sister Carol F. McConkie and Sister Neill F. Marriott.

The new Young Women general presidency includes Bonnie H. Cordon (who previously served as the general Primary first counselor), Michelle Craig as the first counselor, and Becky Craven as second counselor. Sister Lisa Harkness will replace Sister Cordon as the first counselor in the general Primary presidency.

The First Presidency also called eight General Authority Seventies and 55 Area Seventies during the sustaining. Elder Carl B. Cook and Elder Robert C. Gay will serve in the Presidency of the Seventy, filling the vacancies left by the calls of Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses S. Soares to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, said the new callings bring the total number of general authorities to 116. He added that nearly 40 percent of the new general authorities called were born outside of the United States.

Learn more about the newly called general authorities at mormonnewsroom.org.

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