No proselytism of any kind is allowed in China. Foreign Latter-day Saints -- mainly diplomats and businessmen - meet in branches in four cities, as well as in smaller groups in eighteen additional cities. There are a very few native members as well, mainly individuals who were converted when studying or working in other lands. Latter-day Saints working and serving in China are careful to strictly obey the laws of the land. While some Protestant groups engage in illegal proselytism, Latter-day Saints do not engage in missionary activity of any sort in mainland China outside of Hong Kong.
People Groups of China
% of total
Han Chinese-Min Nan
Total population of above people-groups: 1174049600 (97.84% of national population).
Selected people groups and language data from Ethnologue.com and other sources.
Percentage attending religious services weekly: 0%
Estimated weekly average attending religious services (all faiths): 0
Extrinsic Religious Challenges and Opportunities: National and Cultural
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in China
Official LDS Statistics
LDS Members: 500
Total Congregations: 4
Derived LDS Statistics
Approx. Active Members: 125
Percentage of Members Attending Church Weekly: 25%
Average members per congregation: 125
Average active members per congregation: 31
LDS, as percent of population: 0%
Active LDS, as percent of population: 0%
LDS, as percentage of churchgoers: 0%
National population per LDS congregation: 300000000
Annual LDS Membership Growth
Annual Growth Rate
Unit Growth Rate
LDS membership and unit data 1976-2000 from Mark Davies' WW-LDS.
Proportionality Ratio is the ratio of the increase in units to the increase in membership. A ratio of 1 means that membership and church units are growing at the same rate.
National Population and LDS Growth Rates
Current LDS Membership Growth Rate: 0%
Current LDS Unit Growth Rate: 14.28%
Annual Population Growth Rate: 0.90%
Relative LDS Population Growth Rate (LDS membership growth rate minus population growth rate): -0.9%
Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Bible are available in Chinese. The full edition of the Hmong Book of Mormon was released in 2000. There are LDS scriptures in Uighur or other minority languages of China.
Intrinsic Challenges and Opportunities of the Church of Jesus Christ