Tuesday, May 6, 2008
The Church in France
France is one of the first countries in Europe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was established in. As of the end of 2006, there were almost 34,000 members. Today there are nine stakes and two districts in the country. There is no temple in France, but President Hinckley told members in a meeting five or so years ago that a temple will someday be built. There are only two missions in France now. Even though there has been a dramatic drop in the number of branches in the country (from 82 in 2000 to 63 in 2006), new branches have been created in the past few years in places where branches did not function previously (Like the city of Gap). Wards have also increased during this time period from 43 to 61. So the overall number of units has not really changed since 2000. As for possible new stakes, the Nice France Stake is rather large and could split someday (it's had around 10 wards and a few branches, but for quite sometime). Yellow squares represent wards; green squares represent branches.