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 Church growth, as seen by the increase in the number of missionaries


                                                Missionaries          Increase during previous period
Year ending     Set apart    in the field      Set apart    In the field
                       31 Dec 1830          16           --               --             --
                       31 Dec 1930         896           --              880 (100 yrs)   --
                       31 Dec 1950       3,015           --            2,119 ( 20 yrs)   --
                       31 Dec 1970       7,590         14,387          4,575 ( 20 yrs)   --
                       31 Dec 1971       8,344         15,205            754             818
                       31 Dec 1972       7,874         16,367           -470           1,162
                       31 Dec 1973       9,471         17,258           1597             891
                       31 Dec 1974       9,811         18,109            340             851
                       31 Dec 1975      14,446         22,492          4,635           4,383
                       31 Dec 1976      13,928         25,027           -518           2,535
                       31 Dec 1977      14,561         25,264            633             237
                       31 Dec 1978      15,860         27,669          1,299           2,405
                       31 Dec 1979      16,590         29,454            730           1,785
                       31 Dec 1980      16,600         29,953             10             499
                       31 Dec 1981      17,800         29,702          1,200            -251
                       31 Dec 1982      18,260         26,606            460          -3,096
                       31 Dec 1983      19,450         26,850          1,190             244
                       31 Dec 1984      19,720         27,392            270             542
                       31 Dec 1985      19,890         29,265            170           1,873
                       31 Dec 1986      20,798         31,803            908           2,538
                       31 Dec 1987      21,001         34,750            203           2,947
                       31 Dec 1988      22,619         36,123          1,618           1,373
                       31 Dec 1989      25,609         39,739          2,990           3,616
                       31 Dec 1990      26,225         43,651            616           3,912
                       31 Dec 1991      24,861         43,395         -1,364            -256
                       31 Dec 1992      28,716         46,025          3,855           2,630
                       31 Dec 1993      28,774         48,708             28           2,683
                       31 Dec 1994      27,912         47,311           -862          -1,397
                        31 Dec 1995       29,015          48,631           1,103           1,320
                       31 Dec 1996      31,227         52,938          2,212           4,307
                       31 Dec 1997      33,726         56,531          2,499           3,593
                       31 Dec 1998      33,229         57,583           -497           1,322
                       31 Dec 1999      33,915         58,593            686             740
                       31 Dec 2000      34,503         60,784            588           2,191
                       31 Dec 2001      34,684         60,850            181              66
                       31 Dec 2002      36,916         61,638          2,232             788
                        31 Dec 2003       30,467          56,237          -6,449           -5,401
                        31 Dec 2004       29,548          51,067            -919           -5,170
                        31 Dec 2005       30,587          52,060           1,039              993
                        31 Dec 2006       30,653          53,164              66            1,104
                        31 Dec 2007       30,384          52,686            -269             -478
                        31 Dec 2008       30,312          52,494             -72             -192
                        31 Dec 2009       29,168          51,736          -1,144             -758
                        31 Dec 2010       30,563          52,225           1,395              489
                        31 Dec 2011                       55,410                            3,185
                        31 Dec 2012                       58,990                            3,580
                        31 Dec 2013                       83,035                           24,045
                        31 Dec 2014                       85,147                            2,112
                        31 Dec 2015                       74,079                          -11,068
                        31 Dec 2016                       70,946                           -3,133
                        31 Dec 2017                       67,049                           -3,897

                             Decade                    Missionaries set-apart

                             1830-1839                           597

                             1840-1849                         1,454 

                             1850-1859                           705

                             1860-1869                           762

                            1870-1879                       1,371

                            1880-1889                       2,325

                             1890-1899                         5,613

                             1900-1909                         8,117

                             1910-1919                         7,408

                             1920-1929                         9,969

                             1930-1939                         8,513

                             1940-1949                        13,121

                             1950-1959                        22,589

                             1960-1969                        62,576

                             1970-1979                       118,475

                             1980-1989                       201,747

                             1990-1999                       304,211

                             2000-2009                       317,222

Interesting missionary statistics

1. During the first 100 years of the church’s existence (1830 to 1929), there were 38,321 missionaries set-apart to serve full-time missions.  In the year 2002 alone, 36,042 missionaries were set-apart for full-time missionary service.

2. 35.5% of all the full-time missionaries that have served missions for the church have been set apart in the last 10 years!

3. Total number of missionaries set-apart thus far in this dispensation (1830 to 2005) is 967,341.

4. The total number of missionaries set-apart from 1830 to 1929 (the church’s first century of existence) was 38,321.

5. The total number of missionaries set-apart from 1930 (the beginning of the church’s second century of existence) to 2005 was 929,020.

6. The total number of missionaries set-apart from 1995 to 2005 was 363,243.



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