Brothers and sisters, for the information of the members of the Church, the First Presidency has issued the following statistical report concerning the growth and status of the Church as of 31 December 1996. These statistics are based on 1996 reports available prior to this conference.
Wards and Branches
These wards and branches are in 140 nations and 21 territories and possessions.
Eight-year-olds baptized during 1996
Converts baptized during 1996
Elder Lowell D. Wood, a member of the Seventy; Elder Lloyd P. George, an emeritus General Authority; Sister Florence Smith Prows Cullimore, widow of Elder James A. Cullimore of the Seventy; Brother David M. Kennedy, former special representative of the First Presidency and United States secretary of the treasury; Brother Terrel H. Bell, former United States secretary of education; and Sister Florence Holbrook Richards, former counselor in the Primary general presidency.