The LDS Church Growth blog (not an official LDS website) recently posted the 20 countries with the fastest growth rates and the 10 with the higher total growth in members of the church. As in each of the last five years, I was very impressed with the growth in African countries:
- Benin - 59.9% - 1,081
- Rwanda - 34.4% - 121
- Solomon Islands - 31.5% - 509
- Botswana - 27.1% - 2,152
- Malawi - 22.9% - 1,421
- Angola - 20.9% - 1,257
- Togo - 19.7% - 1,861
- Jersey - 16.7% - 349
- Cape Verde - 16.2% - 9,326
- Ethiopia - 15.7% - 1,678
- Sierra Leone - 15.7% - 11,664
- Tuvalu - 14.9% - 200
- Madagascar - 14.6% - 9,190
- Cote d'Ivoire - 14.5% - 18,602
- Liberia - 14.4% - 6,709
- Democratic Republic of the Congo - 13.5% - 34,547
- Namibia - 13.2% - 763
- Malaysia - 13.1% - 8,967
- Vanuatu - 12.9% - 5,491
- Cameroon - 12.4% - 12.4%
Several of our West African neighbors rated here. Rwanda has nearly tripled in three years. Nigeria is in the happy middle area: young enough to have lots of growth but large enough that the percentage is not as amazing. The table also explains why there's a temple going up in Kinshasa, DRC - one third the membership of Nigeria and a growth rate that shows them catching up eventually.
On the other hand, for large numbers of new converts, the focus is on the western hemisphere and the Philippines, where 73% of growth occurred..
Other blog posts about the Mormons in Nigeria and Africa are here.