1989
Update: Number of Converts Baptized
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“Update: Number of Converts Baptized,” Ensign, Aug. 1989, 80

Update: Number of Converts Baptized

In the last five years, 1,090,632 converts were baptized into the Church. Convert baptisms rose from 192,983 in 1984 to 256,515 in 1988. These figures are separate from figures for children of record who were baptized. The latter baptisms have remained fairly stable—between 69,000 to 75,000 a year. During the five-year period, the number of full-time missionaries also rose from 27,655 in 1984 to 36,132 in 1988—an increase of nearly 31 percent. Overall, Church membership increased from 5,650,000 in 1984 to 6,720,000 in 1988. Convert baptisms alone accounted for a 19-percent increase in membership.

Converts Baptized 1984–88

1984

192,983

1985

197,640

1986

216,210

1987

227,284

1988

256,515

Photo by Longin Lonczyna, Jr.