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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 1,147,157 - - - 1951 Hartley, William G. "The Church Grows in Strength " in Ensign, Sept. 1999; pg. 46. Graphic: "A Look at the Church: 1898-1951 (Church Membership) "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 3,000,000 - - - 1957 Johnson, Paul. A History of the American People; New York: Haprer Collins (1997). [Orig. source: T.F. O'Dea: "The Mormons " (Chicago 1957)]; pg. 299. "...could not prevent Young and his followers from expanding their Church... into a world religious empire of over 3 million souls and making the people of Utah among the richest, best educated, and most consistently law-abiding in the United States. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 1,416,731 - - - 1957 Spence, Hartzell. The Story of America's Religions; New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1960) [1st printing 1957]; pg. 199. "There are 1,416,731 of them in the Utah-centered [Latter Day Saint/Mormon] Church alone, plus more than 160,000 in other branches. An excommunicated group, which numbers perhaps 400 devotees, still practices polygamy... "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 1,000,000 - - - 1959 Stuber, Stanley I. How We Got Our Denominations: A Primer on Church History. New York: Association Press Revised Ed., 1959); pg. 236. "About 271,000 of the million members [of the LDS Church] hold the priesthood in its various offices... "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 1,700,000 - - - 1960 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998); pg. 112. Graphic: "Church Membership "; "1830-1950: 1.1 million; 1960: 1.7 million; 1970: 2.4 million; 1980: 4.6 million; 1990: 7.8 million; 1997: 10 million "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 1,693,180 - 52
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- 1960 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 149. "Stark's Table 1: Actual growth rates and percentage by decade " [Sociologist Rodney Stark, University of Washington] 1870: Membership: 110,000; % of increase: 38%1960: Membership: 1,693,180; % of increase: 52%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 1,693,180 - - - 1960 Stark, Rodney. "The Rise of a New World Faith " in Latter-day Saint Social Life: Social Research on the LDS Church and its Members, edited by James T. Duke. Religious Studies Center, BYU: Provo, UT (1998); pg. 15. "Table 1.2: The Growth Record of the Mormon Church "; "Source: LDS Church "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 1,823,661 - - - 1961 Rosten, Leo (ed.). Religions in America; New York: Simon & Schuster (1963), 8th ed. [1st pub. in 1952. 8th ed. completely revised]; pg. 132. "This article presents the doctrines and practices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, the largest Mormon body in the world (1,823,661 members in 1961). "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 1,823,661 - 5,000
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- 1961 Rosten, Leo (ed.). Religions in America; New York: Simon & Schuster (1963), 8th ed. [1st pub. in 1952. 8th ed. completely revised]; pg. 139. "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (with headquartes in Salt Lake City, Utah) numbers 1,823,661 (1961) with some 5,000 congregations throughout the world. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 2,400,000 - - - 1970 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998); pg. 112. Graphic: "Church Membership "; "1830-1950: 1.1 million; 1960: 1.7 million; 1970: 2.4 million; 1980: 4.6 million; 1990: 7.8 million; 1997: 10 million "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 2,807,456 - - - 1970 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 117. Table: "Progress During Administrations of the Presidents ": David O. McKay, 1970-70; Members at beginning: 1,111,314; At end: 2,870,456
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 2,807,456 - - - 1970 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 117. Table: "Progress During Administrations of the Presidents ": Joseph Fielding Smith, 1970-72; Members at beginning: 2,870,456; At end: 3,218,908
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 2,930,810 - 73
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- 1970 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 149. "Stark's Table 1: Actual growth rates and percentage by decade " [Sociologist Rodney Stark, University of Washington] 1870: Membership: 110,000; % of increase: 38%1970: Membership: 2,930,810; % of increase: 73%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 2,500,000 - - - 1970 Cavendish, Richard (ed.). Man, Myth & Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural (vol. 14). New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp. (1970); pg. 1886. "Today there are about two and a half million Mormons, the great majority of whom live in the mountain states of the United States, particularly in Utah... "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 2,930,810 - - - 1970 Stark, Rodney. "The Rise of a New World Faith " in Latter-day Saint Social Life: Social Research on the LDS Church and its Members, edited by James T. Duke. Religious Studies Center, BYU: Provo, UT (1998); pg. 15. "Table 1.2: The Growth Record of the Mormon Church "; "Source: LDS Church "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - - - 1970 Walker, Williston. A History of the Christian Church (3rd edition, revised by Robert T. Handy of Union Theological Seminary, NY; 1st edition 1918; 2nd edition revised by Cyril C. Richardson, et al.). New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1970); pg. 516. "Under [Brigham Young] the Mormons marched to Salt Lake, in Utah, and a community of great material prosperity was inaugerated... The Mormons have been indefatigable missionaries, and they have recruited many from Europe and planted their church overseas. Their system of economic and social supervision has been remarkable... "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 3,000,000 - - - 1970 Williams, Jean Kinney. The Mormons. Danbury, Connecticut: Franklin Watts (1996); pg. 93-94. "In 1970, when McKay died at age ninety-six, the church had grown to three million members. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 3,218,908 - - - 1972 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 117. Table: "Progress During Administrations of the Presidents ": Joseph Fielding Smith, 1970-72; Members at beginning: 2,870,456; At end: 3,218,908
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 3,218,908 - - - 1972 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 117. Table: "Progress During Administrations of the Presidents ": Harold B. Lee, 1972-73; Members at beginning: 3,218,908; At end: 3,306,658
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 3,306,658 - - - 1973 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 117. Table: "Progress During Administrations of the Presidents ": Harold B. Lee, 1972-73; Members at beginning: 3,218,908; At end: 3,306,658
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 3,306,658 - - - 1973 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 117. Table: "Progress During Administrations of the Presidents ": Spencer W. Kimball, 1973-85; Members at beginning: 3,306,658; At end: 5,920,000
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 2,000,000 - - - 1973 Zehavi, A.M. (editor) Handbook of the World's Religions. New York: Franklin Watts (1973); pg. 22. "The Mormons, with headquarters in Salt Lake City, number over 2,000,000. They have adherents in every U.S. state and in most foreign countries. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 4,500,000 - - - 1975 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 2 - Americas. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 309. "Today Mormons can also be found in virtually evern part of the world, including Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. In 1995, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints estimated its worldwide membership to be over 9 million, double the number of members in 1975. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 4,000,000 - - - 1975 Wallechinsky, David & Irving Wallace; The People's Almanac; Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1975); pg. 1267-1268. List of "Major World Religions ": "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, whose members are generally known as Mormons... The Mormon Church has a membership of close to 4 million, about 80% of whom live in the U.S. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 4,600,000 - - - 1980 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998); pg. 112. Graphic: "Church Membership "; "1830-1950: 1.1 million; 1960: 1.7 million; 1970: 2.4 million; 1980: 4.6 million; 1990: 7.8 million; 1997: 10 million "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 4,638,000 - 58
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- 1980 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 149. "Stark's Table 1: Actual growth rates and percentage by decade " [Sociologist Rodney Stark, University of Washington] 1870: Membership: 110,000; % of increase: 38%1980: Membership: 4,638,000; % of increase: 58%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 4,500,000 - - - 1980 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 423. Latter-day Saints (Christian). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... the largest indigenous American religious group (around 4,500,000 adherents in 1980). "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 4,638,000 - - - 1980 Stark, Rodney. "The Rise of a New World Faith " in Latter-day Saint Social Life: Social Research on the LDS Church and its Members, edited by James T. Duke. Religious Studies Center, BYU: Provo, UT (1998); pg. 15. "Table 1.2: The Growth Record of the Mormon Church "; "Source: LDS Church "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 5,000,000 - - - 1982 Bushman, Claudia Lauper & Richard Lyman Bushman. Mormons in America (series: "Religion in American Life "). New York: Oxford University Press (1999); pg. 135. "1982: Church membership reaches 5,000,000. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 5,000,000 - - - 1982 *LINK* Mims, Bob. "Stats Show Mormons Buck Secularization: Social research numbers portray high conservatism, low divorce " in Salt Lake Tribune, March 6, 1999 (viewed online 7 March 1999) "Since 1982, Mormon membership rolls have more than doubled, topping 10 million two years ago. Much of that growth has occurred outside of the U.S. this decade, with 43 nations -- 16 in Europe, 14 in Africa, five each in Asia and the Caribbean and three in South America -- opening their doors to LDS missionaries. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 3,000,000 - - - 1983 Berger, Gilda. Religion: A Reference First Book. New York: Franklin Watts (1983); pg. 64. "Today's 3 million Mormons... "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 5,000,000 - - - 1984 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 149. U. of Washington sociologist Rodney Stark: "Today [in 1984] there are more than 5 million Mormons on earth... back in 1880, scholars would have ridiculed anyone who used a straight-line projection to predict that the 160,000 Mormons of that year would number more than 5 million a century hence. But that is now history. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 5,920,000 - - - 1985 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 117. Table: "Progress During Administrations of the Presidents ": Spencer W. Kimball, 1973-85; Members at beginning: 3,306,658; At end: 5,920,000
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 5,920,000 - - - 1985 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 117. Table: "Progress During Administrations of the Presidents ": Ezra Taft Benson, 1985-94; Members at beginning: 5,920,000; At end: 8,688,511
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 6,166,983 - - - 1986 *LINK* web site: "News From Bree "; web page: "Fastest Growing Religion? " (viewed 9 Jan. 1999); "Last Update on 29th November 1998 " LDS: "Membership data as of December 31, 1997 is at lds.org Members: 6,166,983 (1986); 9,694,500 (1996); 10,070,524 (1997); Congregations: 23,200 (1996); 24,670 (1997) "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 6,440,000 - - - 1987 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 118. Graph: "Total Membership "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - - - 1987 Bishop, Peter & Michael Darton (editors). The Encyclopedia of World Faiths: An Illustrated Survey of the World's Living Faiths. New York: Facts on File Publications (1987); pg. 152. "A feature of the Church's practical work is seen in its welfare programme which advocates sufficient education of every individual to enable him or her to maintain independence. In addition, emergency resources are available for times of extreme hardship or disaster. Church schools are run primarily in Third World countries, particularly in South America and the Pacific, and health and hygiene missionaries are also in operation in some areas. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 6,440,000 - - - 1987 Kephart, William M. & William W. Zellner. Extraordinary Groups: An Examination of Unconventional Life-Styles (5th Ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press (1994); pg. 276. "As mentioned earlier, the Mormons have a high conversion rate. This, coupled with their high birthrate and low death rate, has led to astounding growth. For example, it was reported in the fourth edition of Extraordinary Groups that in 1987 church membership was 6,440,000. Today, membership exceeds 8,000,000. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - - - 1987 Naisbitt, John & Patricia Aburdene. Megatrends 2000: Ten New Directions for the 1990's. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1990); pg. 270. "At the dawn of the third millennium there are unmistakable signs of a worldwide multidenominational religious revival... Reconstructionist Jews who edited the supernatural out of prayer books forty years ago are restoring references to miracles, mythology, and the Messiah. Mormons celebrated their 'best' year in their 158-year history in 1987, when they gained a record 274,000 new adherents. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 7,300,000 - - - 1989 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 118. Graph: "Total Membership "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - 17,305
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- 1989 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 422. Graph: "Wards/Branches "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 7,300,000 - 17,305
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1989 *LINK* Religious Requirements & Practices of Certain Selected Groups: A Handbook for Chaplains (1993) - (online ed. - 1998); contract #: MDA903-90-C-0062 w/ Dept. of Defense; J. Gordon Melton, Project Director & James Lewis. "CURRENT MEMBERSHIP: At the close of 1989, the church reported 7.3 million members in over 17,305 congregations worldwide. The church is now organized in 128 nations and territories and has over 40,000 full-time missionaries serving in 228 missions around the world. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 7,000,000 - - 122
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1989 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990); pg. 135. "With headquarters in Salt Lake City, it has an American membership of 4.5 million in 16,000 congregations, in 98 countries and 24 territories, colonies, or possessions---a world membership of 7 million (projected 1989). "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 7,300,000 - - - 1989 Russell, Chandler. Racing Toward 2001; Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, MI (1992). [Orig. source: Jerry Cahill, telephone interview with author, 1 March 1991]; pg. 188. "At the end of 1989, there were 7.3 million Mormons in the world; by early 1991 the numbers had increased to about 7.7 million, according to Jerry Cahill in Salt Lake City. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 7,800,000 - - - 1990 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998); pg. 112. Graphic: "Church Membership "; "1830-1950: 1.1 million; 1960: 1.7 million; 1970: 2.4 million; 1980: 4.6 million; 1990: 7.8 million; 1997: 10 million "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 6,029,000 - - - 1990 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 150. Univ. of Washington sociologist Rodney Stark: "Projected Growth Rates at 30% " [Projected in 1985]
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 6,957,000 - - - 1990 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 150. Univ. of Washington sociologist Rodney Stark: "Projected Growth Rates at 50% " [Projected in 1985]
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 7,761,179 - 67
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- 1990 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 149. "Stark's Table 1: Actual growth rates and percentage by decade " [Sociologist Rodney Stark, University of Washington] 1870: Membership: 110,000; % of increase: 38%1990: Membership: 7,761,179; % of increase: 67%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 7,000,000 - - - 1990 Bushman, Claudia Lauper & Richard Lyman Bushman. Mormons in America (series: "Religion in American Life "). New York: Oxford University Press (1999); pg. 127. "In 1947 the church population was about 1 million. By 1990 the number was over 7 million, reaching 10 million during 1997. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 7,500,000 - - - 1990 Cowan, Richard O. & Bruce A. Van Orden. The International Church: Readings for Religion C344; Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University (Fall 1992); pg. 18. "From 1950 to 1990 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints grew from 1.1 to 7.5 million members. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 6,700,000 - - - 1990 Kephart, William M. & William W. Zellner. Extraordinary Groups: An Examination of Unconventional Life-Styles (5th Ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press (1994); pg. 263. "Of the 6.7 million church members on the rolls in 1990, no fewer than 826,000 of them had served two years as missionaries since 1960. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 4,000,000 - - - 1990 Naisbitt, John & Patricia Aburdene. Megatrends 2000: Ten New Directions for the 1990's. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1990); pg. 279. "...the Mormons have grown from about three quarters of a million in 1940 to 6.2 million today--4 million in the United States... "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 6,200,000 - - - 1990 Naisbitt, John & Patricia Aburdene. Megatrends 2000: Ten New Directions for the 1990's. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1990); pg. 279. "More evangelical than the evangelicals, and more authoritarian, the Mormons have grown from about three quarters of a million in 1940 to 6.2 million today--4 million in the United States, the rest abroad. By the year 2000 membership abroad will exceed that in the United States. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 8,000,000 - - - 1991 "Church Membership Reaches 10 Million " in Ensign (Jan. 1998); pg. 74. "Total Church membership reached the nine-million mark in 1994 and the eight-million mark in 1991. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - - 138
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1991 "Church Recognized in 156 Lands " in Ensign (Oct. 1995); pg. 79. Table: 115 countries; 23 territories, colonies, or possessions--138 total
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 8,120,000 - - - 1991 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 118. Graph: "Total Membership "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - 18,810
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- 1991 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 422. Graph: "Wards/Branches "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 7,700,000 - - - 1991 Russell, Chandler. Racing Toward 2001; Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, MI (1992). [Orig. source: Jerry Cahill, telephone interview with author, 1 March 1991]; pg. 188. "At the end of 1989, there were 7.3 million Mormons in the world; by early 1991 the numbers had increased to about 7.7 million, according to Jerry Cahill in Salt Lake City. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 7,000,000 - - - 1991 *LINK* Wilson, Andrew (ed). "The World Religions and their Scriptures " in World Scripture. International Religious Foundation, 1991. (viewed 9 July 1999) "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with a membership exceeding seven million, has three revealed scriptures: the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - - 146
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1992 "Church Recognized in 156 Lands " in Ensign (Oct. 1995); pg. 79. Table: 122 countries; 24 territories, colonies, or possessions--146 total
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - - 149
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1993 "Church Recognized in 156 Lands " in Ensign (Oct. 1995); pg. 79. Table: 125 countries; 24 territories, colonies, or possessions--149 total
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 8,696,224 - - - 1993 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 118. Graph: "Total Membership "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - 21,002
units
- 1993 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 422. Graph: "Wards/Branches "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 8,400,000 - - 146
countries
1993 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995). -
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 9,000,000 - - - 1994 "Church Membership Reaches 10 Million " in Ensign (Jan. 1998); pg. 74. "Total Church membership reached the nine-million mark in 1994 and the eight-million mark in 1991. "


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