Number of Mormon Missionaries Serving

Numbers updated April 3, 2018

As of December 31, 2107, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had 67,049 full-time missionaries serving. The graph below shows the number of Mormon missionaries from 1977 (the first year I can find that the Church reported the number of missionaries serving) through the present. This is according to the LDS Church annual statistical reports. See the chart further below for the exact numbers for each year.

number of mormon missionaries serving

The spike in missionaries in 2013 was due to the October 2012 announcement from the Church changing the age requirement for missionaries (down to 18 for young men and 19 for young women). This created a a large and temporary influx of missionaries as a large group of young women aged 19 to 21 were suddenly eligible to serve missions. Numbers now seem to be returning to normal levels, though I’m sure everyone in the Church would love to see them start climbing up again.

The dip in missionaries serving from 2003 through 2012 is generally attributed to two factors: 1) a natural demographic decline in the number of youth in the  missionary age range, and 2) the raising of the bar that are the standards for requirements to serve a mission as a result of Elder Ballard’s October 2002 General Conference talk, The Greatest Generation of Missionaries.

Number of Mormon Missionaries Called

The number of Mormon Missionaries called to go on a mission in a given year (as opposed to the number of missionaries serving at a given time) has also been reported by the Church through the annual almanac printed by Deseret News, but I haven’t been able to get the most recent years. From what I have found, we see that those numbers also peaked in 2002 at 36,196 and has since leveled off to the present, roughly 30,000 called per year.

Chart of number of mormon missionaries called

Data Table: Number of Mormon Missionaries Serving

 

Year End Full-Time Missionaries
1977 25,300
1978 27,669
1979 29,454
1980 29,953
1981 29,700
1982 26,300
1983 26,565
1984 27,655
1985 29,265
1986 31,803
1987 34,750
1988 36,132
1989 39,739
1990 43,651
1991 43,395
1992 46,025
1993 48,708
1994 47,311
1995 48,631
1996 52,938
1997 56,531
1998 57,853
1999 58,593
2000 60,784
2001 60,850
2002 61,638
2003 56,237
2004 51,067
2005 52,060
2006 53,164
2007 52,686
2008 52,494
2009 51,736
2010 52,225
2011 55,410
2012 58,990
2013 83,035
2014 85,147
2015 74,079
2016 70,946
2017 67,049

Source: LDS Church Annual Statistical Reports, 1978-2016, gc.lds.org

Number of Mormon Missionaries Called

Year  Missionaries Year  Missionaries Year  Missionaries Year  Missionaries
1830 16 1876 211 1922 886 1968 7,178
1831 58 1877 154 1923 812 1969 6,967
1832 72 1878 152 1924 867 1970 7,590
1833 41 1879 179 1925 1,131 1971 8,344
1834 111 1880 219 1926 1,236 1972 7,874
1835 84 1881 199 1927 1,017 1973 9,471
1836 80 1882 237 1928 1,193 1974 9,811
1837 52 1883 248 1929 1,058 1975 14,446
1838 16 1884 205 1930 896 1976 13,928
1839 67 1885 235 1931 678 1977 14,561
1840 80 1886 209 1932 399 1978 15,860
1841 100 1887 282 1933 525 1979 16,590
1842 45 1888 242 1934 843 1980 16,600
1843 374 1889 249 1935 960 1981 17,800
1844 586 1890 283 1936 899 1982 18,260
1845 84 1891 331 1937 1,079 1983 19,450
1846 32 1892 324 1938 1,146 1984 19,720
1847 40 1893 317 1939 1,088 1985 19,890
1848 55 1894 162 1940 1,194 1986 20,798
1849 58 1895 526 1941 1,257 1987 21,001
1850 50 1896 746 1942 629 1988 22,619
1851 44 1897 922 1943 261 1989 25,609
1852 158 1898 943 1944 427 1990 26,255
1853 33 1899 1,059 1945 400 1991 24,861
1854 119 1900 796 1946 2,297 1992 28,716
1855 65 1901 522 1947 2,132 1993 28,774
1856 130 1902 848 1948 2,161 1994 27,912
1857 88 1903 658 1949 2,363 1995 29,015
1858 0 1904 699 1950 3,015 1996 31,227
1859 18 1905 716 1951 1,801 1997 33,726
1860 96 1906 1,015 1952 872 1998 33,229
1861 19 1907 930 1953 1,750 1999 33,915
1862 27 1908 919 1954 2,022 2000 34,503
1863 50 1909 1,014 1955 2,414 2001 34,684
1864 52 1910 933 1956 2,572 2002 36,196
1865 71 1911 822 1957 2,518 2003 30,467
1866 32 1912 769 1958 2,778 2004 29,548
1867 133 1913 858 1959 2,847 2005 30,587
1868 32 1914 684 1960 4,706 2006 30,653
1869 250 1915 621 1961 5,793 2007 30,384
1870 46 1916 722 1962 5,630 2008 30,312
1871 167 1917 543 1963 5,781 2009 29,168
1872 132 1918 245 1964 5,886 2010 30,563
1873 35 1919 1,211 1965 7,139
1874 98 1920 889 1966 7,021
1875 197 1921 880 1967 6,475

Source: LDS Church Almanac by Deseret News

6 replies
  1. Alin Constantinescu
    Alin Constantinescu says:

    Jimmy, Hello

    Is there any way that I can find out how many members of the Romania/Moldova Mission (former Romania-Bucharest MIssion) served missions from 1993 up until this day. The Office here does not have this information.
    THank you,
    Alin

    Reply
  2. Tony
    Tony says:

    Hello Jimmy,

    Do you have a number for how many missionaries were serving in Argentina in 1977? How about how many missionaries are serving now in Argentina?

    Also, Do you know the church membership in Argentina in 1977?

    Thank you, Tony Jolley

    Reply

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