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Ethiopia Information

Ethiopia Information
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AT A GLANCE

  • First Church presence in Ethiopia:  1992
  • Church received official legal status: 1993
  • Current number of congregations: 6
  • Current number of districts: 1
  • Current Church membership in Ethiopia: 1854
  • Nearest temple:  Johannesburg, South Africa

HISTORY OF THE CHURCH IN ETHIOPIA

  • 1950-1970: Small groups of foreign Latter-day Saints met in Addis Ababa and Asmara. These Church members and their families worked in Ethiopia in embassies, the U.S. military, and other humanitarian organizations.
  • 1985:  The Church held a fast and donated money for Ethiopian famine relief.  Elder M. Russell Ballard, then a Seventy, and Glenn L. Pace, then managing director of the Welfare Services Department, visited Ethiopia to oversee the Church's donation.
  • 1992:  Ethiopia became part of the Kenya Nairobi Mission.
  • 1993:  The Church received legal status on 13 July 1993.
  • 1994:  The first congregation was organised in Addis Ababa in January.
  • 2000:  The Book of Mormon was translated into Amharic by Tigist Negash.