2011
The Netherlands
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“The Netherlands,” Ensign, March 2011, 70

Church History around the World

The Netherlands

Fifty years ago this month, the first stake in the Netherlands, the Holland Stake, was organized in The Hague. It was the first non-English-speaking stake in the Church. One hundred years earlier, in August 1861, Paul Augustus Schettler and A. Wiegers van der Woude were the first missionaries to preach the gospel in Holland. Over the next 100 years, more than 14,000 people in the Netherlands were baptized, many of whom emigrated to the United States. Today nearly 9,000 members live in the Netherlands.

On September 8, 2002, President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) dedicated The Hague Netherlands Temple, which serves five stakes and one district in the Netherlands, Belgium, and part of France.

The Church in the Netherlands

Membership

8,909

Missions

1, shared with Belgium

Stakes

3

Wards and Branches

33

Temples

1

Netherlands

map of Netherlands

Map by Thomas S. Child

Amsterdam

The Hague

Rotterdam

The Hague Netherlands Temple

Photograph by Charles Baird © IRI