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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - - 150
countries
1994 "Church Recognized in 156 Lands " in Ensign (Oct. 1995); pg. 79. Table: 12 countries; 24 territories, colonies, or possessions--150 total
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 8,688,511 - - - 1994 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 8,689,619 - - - 1994 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 117. Table: "Progress During Administrations of the Presidents ": Howard W. Hunter, 1994-95; Members at beginning: 8,689,619; At end: 9,025,914
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 8,000,000 - - - 1994 Cohen, Daniel. Cults. Brookfield, Connecticut: Millbrook Press (1994); pg. 21. "While the heartland of the Mormons is still Utah, the church has millions of members worldwide and an enormous missionary effort. There is a very definite hierarchy among the Mormons, but they can no longer be considered a rigidly disciplined and monolithic group that owes total allegiance to a single leader, any more than the Roman Catholic Church can. Certainly no one today would think of referring to the Mormons as a cult. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 8,000,000 - - - 1994 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. "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 8,000,000 - - - 1994 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. "Today, the total membership exceeds 8 million! Clearly church membership is not only growing but accelerating. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - - 156
countries
1995 "Church Recognized in 156 Lands " in Ensign (Oct. 1995); pg. 79. "...countries, territories, and possessions (as defined by the United Nations). Currently, the Church has organized wards and branches in 132 (70 percent) of the 188 countries recognized by UN. The number of territories & possessions [with units is] 24. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 9,025,914 - - - 1995 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 117. Table: "Progress During Administrations of the Presidents ": Howard W. Hunter, 1994-95; Members at beginning: 8,689,619; At end: 9,025,914
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 9,025,914 - - - 1995 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 117. Table: "Progress During Administrations of the Presidents ": Gordon B. Hinckley, 1995 - ; Members at beginning: 9,025,914; October 2000: 11,000,000
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 9,340,898 - - - 1995 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 - - 22,697
units
- 1995 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 9,000,000 - - - 1995 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 2 - Americas. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 308-309. Chapter: "Mormons "; Alternate Names: Latter-day Saints; Location: United States and worldwide (more than 50% live in the U.S., particularly Utah); Population: 9 million; Language: English; language of the country in which they live; Religion: Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) "; Pg. 309: "Today Mormons can also be found in virtually every 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 9,000,000 - - - 1995 Van Orden, Bruce A. "Preparing for a Worldwide Ministry " in Ensign, Oct. 1999; pg. 39. "By the time of President Hunter's death on 3 March 1995, the Church had grown from 1.1 million members to more than 9 million members, with most of that growth outside the U.S. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 9,694,549 - 23,528
units
161
countries
1996 *LINK* Deseret News online: "Statistical report 1996 " (LDS General Conference talks, Spring 97) "statistics are based on 1996 reports... Wards and branches 23,528 These wards and branches are in 140 nations and in 21 territories and possessions. Church Membership: Total membership 9,694,549 "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - 21,000
units
155
countries
1996 Magida, Arthur J. (ed). How to be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing (1996); pg. 292. Chapter on "Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) ": "Their success has led to the church currently having more than 21,000 congregations in 155 nations and territories around the world. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 9,694,500 - 23,200
units
- 1996 *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 9,000,000 - - 150
countries
1996 Williams, Jean Kinney. The Mormons. Danbury, Connecticut: Franklin Watts (1996); pg. 94. "Today the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints claims at least 9 million members in more than 150 countries and territories. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 9,000,000 - - - 1996 Williams, Jean Kinney. The Mormons. Danbury, Connecticut: Franklin Watts (1996); pg. 1-2. "The devotion of its members (4.5 million in the U.S. and more than 9 million worldwide)... "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - - 150
countries
1996 Williams, Jean Kinney. The Mormons. Danbury, Connecticut: Franklin Watts (1996); pg. 14. "Today, with... Latter-day Saint church districts established in 150 different countries and territories... "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - - - 1997 "Church Membership Reaches 10 Million " in Ensign (Jan. 1998); pg. 74. "During the first week of November 1997, the Church reached 10 million in membership. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - - - 1997 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998); pg. 13. "Sometime during the first week of November 1997 the Church reached 10 million members, according to Church estimates. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - - - 1997 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 10,070,524 0.17% 24,670
units
162
countries
1997 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998); pg. 6. "A statistical profile of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Dec. 31, 1997... Total Membership: 10,070,524; Church Units: Stakes: 2,424; Districts: 649; Missions: 318; Wards, branches: 24,670; Nations and territories with wards, branches: 162 "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,070,524 - - - 1997 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 - - 24,670
units
- 1997 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 10,000,000 - - - 1997 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 10,000,000 - - - 1997 Bushman, Claudia Lauper & Richard Lyman Bushman. Mormons in America (series: "Religion in American Life "). New York: Oxford University Press (1999); pg. 135. "1997: Membership exceeds 10,000,000 with more than half living outside the United States. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 9,000,000 - - - 1997 Conkin, Paul K. American Originals: Homemade Varieties of Christianity, The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC (1997); pg. 162. "It has more than 4 million members [in USA], is growing each year, and has an estimated 9 million members worldwide. It is now the sixth largest denomination in America... "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - - - 1997 *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 - - 23,000
units
160
countries
1997 *LINK* web page (1998): Radio National Transcripts: The Religion Report: "Religious Life in Australia " (Wednesday, 23 July, 1997.) "With me today is Bruce Hafen, member of the Pacific area presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons. Bruce, I understand you have chosen to celebrate the anniversary through a day of community service.; Bruce Hafen: We've invited members of our congregations all across the world, 23,000 different congregations in 160-odd nations, to render a day of community service. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - - - 1997 *LINK* web site (1998): "Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry "; web page: "The Mormon Church Statistics " "As of 1997, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... claims membership of a little more than 10 million worldwide. US: 5 Million; Latin America: 3 Million; Asian: 2 Million; South Pacific & Africa: 1/2 Million "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,070,524 - - - 1997 *LINK* web site (official) of the LDS Church; web page: "Global Media Guide: Key Facts and Figures " (viewed 27 Feb. 1999) Table: "Membership data December 31, 1997: Worldwide: 10,070,524; U.S.: 4,924,000; Non-U.S.: 5,146,524 "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,070,524 - 24,670
units
- 1997 *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 - - - - 1998 "Church Building Efforts Accelerate " in Ensign, July 1999; pg. 77. "Speaking of the need for new meetinghouses, President Gordon B. Hinckley said... His remarks were given during a speech at Brigham Young University on 6 November 1998. 'We are experiencing a combined growth of converts and natural increase of some 400,000 a year. Every single year that is the equivalent of 160 new stakes of 2,500 people each. We are building more than 350 to 400 new buildings a year, and we are getting behind...' "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,354,241 - 25,551
units
- 1998 *LINK* "Church Statistical Report " in Deseret News (4 April 1999; viewed online 4 April 1999); Information reported by LDS Church statisticians during April 1999 General Conference. "1998 LDS statistical report: CHURCH UNITS: Stakes ?2,505; Districts ?631; Missions ?331; Wards and branches ?25,551; CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Total membership ?10,354,241; Increase in children of record ?76,829; Converts baptized ?299,134; MISSIONARIES: Full-time missionaries ?57,853 "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,354,241 - 25,551
units
- 1998 *LINK* "Facts, Figures On the Growth Of Mormonism " in Salt Lake Tribune (Sunday, April 4, 1999; viewed online 4 April 1999). "The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday released the following statistics as of Dec. 31, 1998: Membership: Total membership: 10,354,241; Increase in children of record during 1998: 76,829; Converts baptized during 1998: 299,134; Other church units: Stakes: 2,505; Districts: 631; Missions: 331; Wards and branches: 25,551 "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,355,000 - - - 1998 "Languages Spoken by Members " in Ensign (Dec. 1999); pg. 71. Table: "Languages Spoken by Members "; "...top 15 languages spoken as primary languages by members worldwide as of 31 Dec. 1999 "

English: 5,345,000
Spanish: 3,061,000
Portuguese: 737,000
Tagalog: 132,000
Japanese: 107,000
Cebuano: 90,000
Samoan: 89,000
Ilokano: 78,000
Korean: 70,000
Tongan: 63,000
French: 51,000
German: 41,000
Hiligaynon: 33,000
Chinese (Mandarin): 31,000
Bikol: 20,000
Others (more than 145 languages): 407,000
Total: 10,355,000 "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,300,000 - - - 1998 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998); pg. 6. "A statistical profile of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Dec. 31, 1997... Oct. 1, 1998... Total membership (estimated): 10,300,000... "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,400,000 - 25,405
units
- 1998 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998); pg. 110. "Profile of the Church in 1900s: Oct. 15, 1998: Membership: 10,400,000, est.; Stakes: 2,497; Wards and Branches: 25,405... "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - - - 1998 Chryssides, George. Exploring New Religions. London, U.K.: Cassells (1999). [Original source of world figure: web site: Ontario Consulants for Religious Tolerance] "I have selected the best available [statistics], providing a range where adjudication is impossible... Latter-day Saints: Britain: 180,000 (1998); World: 10,000,000 world-wide (1998) "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - - - 1998 Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe. "Religion " in The Future Now: Predicting the 21st Century. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (1998); pg. 57. "Millenarianism ought to be respectable. Plenty of decent religions with clever, unthreatening believers started as end-is-night [new religious groups], including Mormonism, Adventism, Shi'ism and good old Christianity. When I got to know some Mormon historians, who were attending a conference of their kind at my college in Oxford, I was surprised to find that such admirably rational people were prepared to profess... the angelic revelation to Joseph Smith... Christ's sojourn in America... They replied that these claims were tainted by their novelty. Give them 2,000 years, they said, and they will seem quaint, at worst. Millenarianism matures gracefully. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* Mims, Bob. "Nontraditional Religions Growing Among Americans " in Salt Lake Tribune (Nov.14, 1998). "LDS Church wardhouses are swelling, too. Since the U.S. Census Bureau recorded 2.1 million Mormons in 1970, the church has quintupled its worldwide membership to more than 10 million. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,354,241 - 25,551
units
- 1998 Watson, F. Michael (Secretary to the First Presidency; presenter of report in General Conference). "Statistical Report, 1998 " in Ensign (May 1999); pg. 22. "...as of 31 December 1998... Church Units: Stakes: 2,505; Districts: 631; Missions: 331; Wards and branches: 25,551; Church Membership: Total membership: 10,354,241... "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - 24,670
units
162
countries
1998 *LINK* web site (official) of the LDS Church; web page: "Global Media Guide: Key Facts and Figures " (viewed 27 Feb. 1999) "Number of Church units worldwide (congregations): 24,670; Nations and territories with Church units: 162 "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - - 162
countries
1998 *LINK* web site (official) of the LDS Church; web page: "Global Media Guide: Overview " (viewed 27 Feb. 1999); Copyright 1998 "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was officially organized on 6 April 1830 with six members. Today congregations of the Church are found in more than 160 nations and territories. With more than 10 million members, it is one of the fastest growing religions in the world and one of the largest Christian churches in the United States. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "Wholesome Words: Worldwide Missions: News and Notes " by Stephen Ross, (Dec. 1998); [original sources: October 15, 1997, Calvary Contender] "Some say Mormonism will be the next world religion. With 55,000 missionaries serving in 160 countries, and doubling since 1981, it now has a membership of over 10 million. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 9,000,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance -
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - 20,000
units
150
countries
1998 *LINK* web site: Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (viewed circa Nov. 1998); "last updated October 1998 " "They have in excess of 10 million members world-wide, in over 20,000 churches spread across 150 countries (as of mid-1998). Their total membership has at least doubled every 15 years since 1945. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,500,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* "Dateline: Monday-April-05-1999 - Barbados - News-General "; Barbados Nation Online newspaper (viewed online 6 April 1999). "However, according to a Press release from the CJCLDS, the faith long known as an 'American Church' has reached a global milestone: for the first time this century more than half of its approximately 10.5 million members reside outside the United States. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,752,986 - 25,793
units
- 1999 Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (2000); pg. 6. "A statistical profile of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; (Dec. 31, 1999); Total membership: 10,752,986; CHURCH UNITS: Stakes: 2,542; Districts: 636; Missions: 333; Wards, branches: 25,793 "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - 25,793
units
- 1999 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 10,400,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Anderson, Vern (AP). "Rising Again: Nauvoo Temple Will Rise Again to Fulfill Dream " in Salt Lake Tribune, 1 May 1999 (viewed online 1 May 1999). "As president of the 10.4 million-member church since 1995, Hinckley has worked to double the number of temples where Mormons in good standing perform sacred ordinances considered essential to the faith's concept of eternal progression. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - - - 1999 Bushman, Claudia Lauper & Richard Lyman Bushman. Mormons in America (series: "Religion in American Life "). New York: Oxford University Press (1999); pg. 11. "Mormonism, one of the world's fastest-growing Christian religions, doubles its membership every 15 years. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... now claims more than 10 million members, more than half of whom are outside the United States. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - - - 1999 Bushman, Claudia Lauper & Richard Lyman Bushman. Mormons in America (series: "Religion in American Life "). New York: Oxford University Press (1999); pg. 7. "At the end of the twentieth century Mormonism remains one of the world's fastest growing religions, with its several million members seeking ever more converts in virtually every country where religious freedom is practiced. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 11,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Davidson, Lee. "VIPs preview film about Joseph Smith " in Deseret News, 14 Oct. 1999 (v. online). "WASHINGTON ?It was a sight and honor that Joseph Smith ?the often persecuted, often jailed and eventually murdered Mormon prophet ?likely never imagined. But a crowd of Washington's elite ?including diplomats from 20 countries, senators, House members and top business leaders ?gathered Wednesday to preview a new PBS documentary about him. And another Mormon prophet ?current LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley ?thanked God that he lived long enough to see such interest in Joseph Smith and a balanced national show about him, which is narrated by famed actor Gregory Peck... He noted that the church Joseph Smith started now has almost 11 million members. 'I think by Dec. 31 of this year, we'll pass the 11 million mark. Maybe not quite, maybe. But if we don't make it this year, we'll make it next year.' "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Hernandez, Romel. "Mormon temple will rise in Southern Oregon " in The Oregonian (Wednesday March 24, 1999), viewed online (www.oregonlive.com), 25 March 1999. "The church currently has 55 temples open, with the 48 others being built or just announced. The church has more than 10 million members worldwide. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 11,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Herzog, Karen. "Temple opens its doors " in Bismarck Tribune, 10 Sept. 1999 (viewed online 15 Sept. 1999). "The LDS church has about 11 million members worldwide and is one of the world's fastest-growing denominations. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 9,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Hovey, Art. "Building evidence of growth in religion " in Lincoln Journal Star, 3 Oct. 1999 (v. online 3 Oct. 99). "There are more than 9 million Mormons worldwide. That's 300 percent growth in two decades, much of it outside the United States. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - - - 1999 Leichman, Abigail K. "Ridgewood pair's book explores Mormonism " in Bergen Record, 30 Sept. 1999 (v. online 6 Oct. 1999). "What American-born faith is growing so fast that sociologists say it's an emerging world religion? With adherents at 10 million strong and counting, it's the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... Yet despite its phenomenal growth and a large body of writings by church insiders and critics alike, there was until now no general interest book describing the movement, its history, and its practices. That niche has been filled by a Ridgewood couple, whose Mormon America: The Power and the Promise (HarperSanFrancisco, $25) will be on store shelves Oct. 20. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* McEntee, Peg. "LDS Church Raised Profile Around Globe " in Salt Lake Tribune, 3 January 1999. "To historian Jan Shipps, an Indiana religion scholar who has studied the 10 million-member LDS Church for more than three decades, the faith's growing presence is due in part to its sheer size... "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - - 161
countries
1999 *LINK* Mims, Bob. "LDS Conference Broadcast Live Everywhere Via the World Wide Web " in Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Oct. 1999 (v. online 3 Oct. 99). "The cyber-broadcasts, available for PC and Macintosh platforms, will be offered in 12 languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, German, French, Samoan, Tongan, Korean, Cambodian and both the Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese dialects. With more than 10 million members spread over 160 nations and territories, the LDS Church sees the addition of Internet portals to conference proceedings as a logical step to enhancing members' access to the latest developments concerning their faith. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Moore, Carrie A. "PBS documentary to tell the Joseph Smith story " in Deseret News, 18 Sept. 1999 (viewed online 18 Sept. 1990). "'The Latter-day Saint story has to be in the top five story fascinations in American religious history. Mormonism is America's most rooted religion. Joseph Smith's great contribution is capturing a version of the American story and projecting it into the future.' - Martin Marty, director, Public Religion Project, University of Chicago Divinity School... LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley has had a strong profile in the media recently, church membership recently surpassed 10 million and scores of LDS temples are being built worldwide... many believe curiosity about the church has never been greater. In that context, 'America has no match for Joseph Smith in the drama of forming a new religious community,' said Martin Marty... 'No one matches him for the 6 million here about and for the 12 (million) and soon 20 million around the world who keep attesting him day by day and building community day by day.' "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - - - 1999 *LINK* Nell, Latricia. "Dead Sea Scrolls to be published on compact disc " in The Daily Universe (Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah), 11 Oct. 1999. [U-Wire; viewed on Excite.com on 12 Oct. 1999]. "The Dead Sea Scrolls database... will be published in compact disk form in mid October. The database is an electronic, searchable version of the non-biblical texts contained in the Dead Sea Scrolls. It will be available on an international level, said Daniel C.Peterson, director of CPART... Non-biblical writings are sectarian writings, or religious writings explaining how to live, said Terry Ball, a BYU professor of ancient texts. CPART produced the non-biblical part of the Dead Sea Scrolls because the biblical scrolls are similar to the ones in use, and the collection of scrolls is large... The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in Qumran, which is 18 kilometers east of Jerusalem and near the Dead Sea. They were found in clay jars in a cave near the Dead Sea shoreline by Bedouin shepherds in 1947. The Scrolls are said to date back to the Second Temple period, which is twice as old as the medieval manuscripts that have been used for modern day biblical texts. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world - - - 160
countries
1999 President Hinckley Addresses Venezuelan Member " in Ensign, Oct. 1999; pg. 75-76. "'The Church has moved a long way from what it was 40 years ago,' President Hinckley said. 'We are spread across the earth. We have more people outside the U.S. than we have in the U.S. We are in 160 nations.' He continued: 'We have to provide meetinghouses for people everywhere, and we are building about 400 new buildings a year... "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world 10,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Shimron, Yonat. "Mormons choose Apex for site of their North Carolina temple " in The News-Observer, 30 January 1999. (Viewed online 1 Feb. 1999). "The temple is part of an unprecedented campaign by the 10 million-member church to build 32 smaller-scale 'suburban' temples by the year 2000. "


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