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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Mormons Convert 300,000 in 1999
Albuquerque NM Journal (AP) 2Apr00 N1
By Hannah Wolfson: The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- In coverage of the LDS Church's General Conference, which ended yesterday, the Associated Press focused on the growth of the LDS Church. According to statistics announced during the Saturday afternoon session of the Conference, The Church baptized 306,171 people around the world last year, bringing total membership to more than 10.7 million at the end of 1999. The increase was about 3.3%, and should mean that the Church will pass the 11 million mark before the next conference.

"Someone who knows organizations in the world might predict failure for a rapidly growing church depending on so many novice lay members," said Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve in his address to Church members in the Sunday morning session, "Even those called have felt some apprehension." But Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Twelve noted that the Church has strength in its members, "Brothers and sisters, you are not alone. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today, millions of people stand beside you. When we work together to benefit those in need, we eliminate the weakness of one person standing alone and substitute the strength of many serving together," Wirthlin said.


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