The Deseret News published the membership of the Church as of October 1st, 2008 in the 2009 Church Almanac to be 13,428,061, or an increase of around 234,000 members. This would mean an average of 26,000 people joined the Church a month for the first nine months of 2008. Assuming that membership growth rate did not change for the last three months of 2008, this would mean that Church membership as of the end of 2008 would be slightly over 13.5 million, or and an increase of 312,000 members from 2007.
Membership growth slowed in 2008 and will likely be around 10,000 people less than the previous year. Yet this still indicates a continuation of accelerated membership growth during the past few years. For instance, membership increased by only 263,700 in 2002 and 290,000 in 2003. During 2002 there were 61,600 missionaries serving around the world and in 2007 that number was only 52,700. This indicates that the number of converts per missionary has improved from 4.6 converts per missionary per year to 5.3 converts per missionary per year.
The decline in growth in 2008 from 2007 is due to fewer people joining the Church in Brazil. The 2009 Church Almanac provided the membership of Brazil in October 2008 to be 1,040,000. Considering there were nearly 1,020,000 members at the end of 2007 (a year in which almost 50,000 joined the Church in that country), this indicates a sudden decline in converts baptized, likely to number 20,000 less than 2007 for 2008.