Sunday, April 28, 2013

LDS Growth in Africa

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:

  1. Benin - 59.9% - 1,081
  2. Rwanda - 34.4% - 121
  3. Solomon Islands - 31.5% - 509
  4. Botswana - 27.1% - 2,152 
  5. Malawi - 22.9% - 1,421
  6. Angola - 20.9% - 1,257
  7. Togo - 19.7% - 1,861
  8. Jersey - 16.7% - 349
  9. Cape Verde - 16.2% - 9,326
  10. Ethiopia - 15.7% - 1,678
  11. Sierra Leone - 15.7% - 11,664
  12. Tuvalu - 14.9% - 200
  13. Madagascar - 14.6% - 9,190
  14. Cote d'Ivoire - 14.5% - 18,602
  15. Liberia - 14.4% - 6,709
  16. Democratic Republic of the Congo - 13.5% - 34,547
  17. Namibia - 13.2% - 763
  18. Malaysia - 13.1% - 8,967
  19. Vanuatu - 12.9% - 5,491
  20. 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.