- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Dominican Republic
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(LDS Church) has had a presence in the Dominican Republicsince 1978. The church claims a membership of 106,243 in the country, representing just over 1% of the population.
7 December 1978, the Dominican Republic was dedicated for the preaching of Mormonismby Apostle M. Russell Ballard.Dario Caminero, [http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=ccd3de3e3559b010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav=1 “Membership Milestone Reached in Dominican Republic,”] "Ensign", Jan. 1996, pp. 78–79.] The first person baptized in the country was Rodolfo N. Bodden. Bodden had been introduced to the LDS Church by his friends Eddie and Mercedes Amparo, Dominican Mormons who had joined the LDS Church in New York Cityand had since returned to their home country, and John and Nancy Rappleye, an expatriate American couple from Utah. After his baptism, Bodden held several leadership callings in LDS Church in the Dominican Republic. He was a counselor to the country's first branch presidentand Bodden was the first district president in the Dominican Republic.
The first mission of the church in the Dominican Republic—the Dominican Republic
Santo DomingoMission—was created in 1981 when there were 2500 members in the country. By 1986, there were 11,000 members and the first stake of the church in the Dominican Republic was organized in Santo Domingo, with Bodden as the country's first stake patriarch. The second mission in the Dominican Republic was organized in Santiago on 1 July 1987.
16 November 1993, the LDS Church announced that it would construct a temple in Santo Domingo. On 17 September 2000, church president Gordon B. Hinckleydedicated the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple; it was the church's 99th operating temple and the first temple built in a Caribbeancountry. [http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/santodomingo/ Santo Domingo Dominican Republic LDS (Mormon) Temple] , ldschurchtemples.com, accessed 2008-09-29.]
In 2008, the church claimed over 106,000 members of the church in Dominican Republic."Deseret Morning News 2008 Church Almanac" (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Morning News, 2007) s.v. "Dominican Republic".] There are and 194 congregations in 3 missions that meet in 80 church meetinghouses across the country.
* [http://www.newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/contact-us/dominican-republic Dominican Republic – LDS Newsroom] , lds.org, accessed
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