Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Turks and Caicos Islands Open For The Preaching of The Gospel

Missionaries in the Jamaica Kingston Mission report that the Turks and Caicos Islands have opened for missionary work. The islands are a dependency to Great Britain and are southeast of The Bahamas. A senior couple began serving in the islands a few months ago and opened a branch. Since that time membership in the branch grew from just the senior couple to 40-50 members. Typically there are around five baptisms a week. Elders will be assigned to the islands in the coming weeks.

4 comments:

Reed said...

157. Morocco. While formal missionary work has not begun yet in Morocco, in 1989 four missionaries from the Spain Seville Mission were working in two Spanish enclaves within Morocco: Ceuta and Melilla. Those two cities along the Mediterranean coast of Morocco are under the jurisdiction of Spain, even though within the nation of Morocco. The Seville Spain Mission began sending elders to these Spanish islands off the coast of Morocco, which are inhabited largely by Muslims. Because freedom to preach exists there, unlike other Islamic areas, the Church has been free to experiment with various methods of reaching Muslims. (Bruce A. Van Orden, Building Zion: the Latter-day Saints in Europe, 1996, pp. 252-53.)

A. The Directory of General Authorities and Officers, 2000, lists a branch in Rabat, Morocco, assigned to the Europe East Area.

Reed said...

Nations with LDS Missionaries
(as of December , 2007)

In the chart which follows, I have divided the nations of the world into three categories: (1) Those without any LDS missionaries or Church branches; (2) Those with no missionaries, but with branches which are available mainly to servicemen or non-citizens (expatriates); and (3) Those with missionaries and with organized wards or branches available to citizens within the country. The most recent additions appear in italics. Likely, small groups of expatriates meet in private homes in some of the countries in the first column. Nations that have at least one organized stake are in BLOCK LETTERS. There are couple missionaries, but no branches in countries with an asterisk*

No Missionaries/ No Missionaries/ Missionaries &
No Branches Restricted Branches Wards/Branches

Afghanistan (31 Million)
Albania
Algeria (33M)
Andorra
Angola
Antigua & Barbuda
ARGENTINA
Armenia
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
Azerbaijan (8M)*
Bahamas
BAHRAIN (.7M)
Bangladesh (147M)
Barbados
Belarus
BELGIUM
Belize
Benin [2003]
Bhutan (2M) BOLIVIA
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Botswana
BRAZIL
Brunei (½M)
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso (11M)
Burma (Myanmar) (47M) Burundi (8M)
Cambodia
Cameroon
CANADA
Cape Verde
Central African Rep.
Chad (10M)
CHILE
No Missionaries/ No Missionaries/ Missionaries &
No Branches Restricted Branches Wards/Branches

China (1.3 billion)*
CHINA (TAIWAN)
COLOMBIA
Comoros
CONGO, DEM. REP. OF
CONGO, REP. OF COSTA RICA
Croatia
Cuba (11M)
Cyprus
Czech Republic
DENMARK
Djibouti (½M)
Dominica (68K)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Dubai
ECUADOR
Egypt (65M)*
EL SALVADOR
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea (5M)
Estonia
Ethiopia (74M)
FIJI
FINLAND
FRANCE
Gabon
Gambia (1.6M)
Georgia (5M)
GERMANY
GHANA
Greece
Grenada
GUATEMALA
Guinea (7M)
Guinea-Bissau (1M)
Guyana
HAITI
HONG KONG
HONDURAS
HUNGARY
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran (65M)
Iraq (27M)
No Missionaries/ No Missionaries/ Missionaries &
No Branches Restricted Branches Wards/Branches

IRELAND
Israel (6M)
ITALY
IVORY COAST
Jamaica
JAPAN
Jordan (4M)
Kazakhstan (17M)
KENYA
KIRIBATI
Korea, North (24M)
KOREA, SOUTH
Kuwait (2M)
Kyrgyzstan (5 M)

Laos (6M)*
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
LIBERIA
Libya (6M)
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia (2M)*
MADAGASCAR
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives (.4M)
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania (2M)
Mauritius
MEXICO
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro (.7M)
Morocco (30M)
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND

No Missionaries/ No Missionaries/ Missionaries &
No Branches Restricted Branches Wards/Branches

NICARAGUA
Niger (13M)
NIGERIA
NORWAY
Oman (3M)
Pakistan
Palau
PANAMA
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
PARAGUAY
PERU
PHILIPPINES
Poland
PORTUGAL
Qatar (1M)
Romania
Russia
Rwanda (10M)
St. Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
St. Vincent & Grenadines
SAMOA
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe (193K)
SAUDI ARABIA (27M)
Senegal (12M)
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
SINGAPORE
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia (9M)
SOUTH AFRICA
SPAIN
Sri Lanka
Sudan (33M)
Suriname
Swaziland
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
Syria (19M)*
TAIWAN

No Missionaries/ No Missionaries/ Missionaries &
No Branches Restricted Branches Wards/Branches

Tajikistan (7M) Tanzania (37M)
Timor-Leste (1M)
Togo
TONGA
TRINADAD & Tobago
Tunisia (10M)
Turkey (70M)*
Turkmenistan (5M)
Tuvalu
Uganda
UKRAINE
United Arab Emirates (3M)
UNITED KINGDOM (GREAT
BRITAIN & NORTHERN IRELAND)
UNITED STATES (USA)
URUGUAY
Uzbekistan (27M)
Vanuatu
Vatican City (1K)
VENEZUELA
Vietnam
Yemen (21M)
Zambia
ZIMBABWE

In addition to the above countries, the Church has organized wards or branches in the following territories, colonies, trusts or dependencies: Guam, Palau, Puerto Rico, Yukon, Caroline Islands, St. Martin, Diego Garcia, Northern Mariannas, French Polynesia (Tahiti), French Guiana, Canary Islands, Macao, Mascarene Islands, Cook Islands, Bermuda, New Caledonia, Reunion, Namibia, Niue, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Netherlands Antilles, British Virgin Islands, Turkks and Caicos Islands, and Cayman Islands.

Compiled by
Reed Wahlquist
© March 2009

Matt said...

Thanks for your info and interest Reed. I see you have spent sometime compiling your list of countries with and without a Church presence and whether missionaries are serving in each of them. I too compiled a list at the end of last year I presented to a group of CES employees. I have not posted updated information concerning this topic because I have found out recently that the Church has a presence in many countries in wishes not to make public. It is surprising to see this come to pass with only few knowing of it. Some of these nations have hundreds to thousands of members in them.

Let me know what topics you would like to discuss or have information concerning which would be helpful to the site. I am glad to find more people who are so interested in this fascinating topic.

Cupcake Crazy Gem said...

I see this post is quite old. We are from the UK but moving to Turks and Caicos at the end of the month so I was interested to see we now have the church over there - would you have any more info on it at this present time?