Church History
Liberia: Overview

“Liberia: Overview,” Global Histories: Liberia (2019)

“Liberia: Overview,” Global Histories: Liberia

map of Liberia

A Brief History of the Church in



In 1985 Joe C. Jarwleh read the Book of Mormon and shared it with fellow members of the Temple of Christ Church, a group interested in early Christianity. When senior missionaries came to Liberia two years later, many members of this group were baptized. By 1989 a district was organized in Monrovia, but that December the First Liberian Civil War began.

During the civil war, many members were scattered or killed. Some fled to other nations and built up the Church there. Others stayed and found ways to minister to each other through the conflict. Even when severely tried, the Saints were determined to follow the example of Nephi and “go and do” the things the Lord commanded (see 1 Nephi 3:7).

The Saints endured faithfully through the conflict, and in 2000 the first stake in Liberia was created. Members have consistently joined other West African Saints in annual days of service, conferences, and historical commemorations. In 2015 Latter-day Saints helped provide food, cooking oil, and sanitation supplies to those in need during the Ebola outbreak. By 2017 there were four stakes in Liberia and numerous Liberian Latter-day Saints around the world.

Quick Facts

  • Official Name: Republic of Liberia

  • Capital: Monrovia

  • Largest City: Monrovia

  • Official Languages: English

  • Land Area: 111,369 km2 (43,000 mi2)

  • Church Area: Africa West

  • Missions: 1 (Monrovia)

  • Congregations: 35