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Accra Ghana Temple As of year-end 2009, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported 40,872 members, 7 stakes, 45 wards, 48 branches, 2 missions, 5 districts and 1 temple in Ghana.[1] Contents 1 History 1.1 Ghana membership history 2 Temples 3 See also 4 Notes 5 References 6 External links History The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) was not officially established in Ghana until 1978. However from 1969–1978 there were congregations using this name, following the Book of Mormon and hoping to be able to receive the missionaries and ordinances of the church. One of the main leaders of this group was Billy Johnson. These groups did receive recognition by the government of Ghana in 1969. In 1978, Spencer W. Kimball received the revelation extending the priesthood to all worthy male members of the church regardless of race or color. After this, the church decided to open missions in West Africa. Merrill J. Bateman, a Brigham Young University economics professor who had often traveled to Ghana to study the cocoa industry, and Edwin Q. "Ted" Cannon made an initial trip to Ghana and Nigeria in the summer of 1978 and contacted many members of these churches that wanted to join with the LDS Church. In November, Cannon returned to Africa as a missionary with his wife Janath Cannon and in December they went to Ghana. Here they baptized most of the pople who had been affiliated with the various groups using the church's name and from this point on congregations under the name The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in Ghana were part of the church headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. There is one temple of the church in Ghana, the Accra Ghana Temple, which was opened in 2004.[2] Ghana membership history Ghana LDS membership history Year Membership 1979 400 1987 5,500 1990 9,000 1993 12,000 1999 17,278 2003 23,738 2005 29,315 2007 36,242 2008 38,224 2009 40,872 Temples Main article: Accra Ghana Temple On January 11, 2004 the Accra Ghana Temple was dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley. 117. Accra Ghana edit Location: Announcement: Dedication: Coordinates:  Size: Style: Cantonments, Accra, Ghana 16 February 1998 11 January 2004 by Gordon B. Hinckley 5°34′2.964000″N 0°11′37.34159″W / 5.56749°N 0.1937059972°W / 5.56749; -0.1937059972 (Accra Ghana) 17,500 sq ft (1,630 m2) on a 6 acre (2.4 ha) site Classic modern, single-spire design See also Accra Ghana Temple Billy Johnson (Mormon) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints membership statistics Notes ^ LDS Newsroom (Statistical Information)[1] ^ LDS Church News - Country Information:Ghana References Kissi, Emmanuel A. Walking in the Sand (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2004) Garr, Arnold K., Donald Q. Cannon and Richard O. Cowan, ed., Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saints History (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2000) p. 426-427 External links LDS Newroom: Country Profile: Ghana The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Official Site The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Visitors Site v · d · eThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Africa Countries Angola • Benin • Botswana • Cameroon • Cape Verde • Central African Republic • Cote d'Ivoire • Democratic Republic of the Congo • Ethiopia • Ghana • Kenya • Lesotho • Liberia • Madagascar • Malawi • Mauritius • Mayotte • Mozambique • Namibia • Nigeria • Republic of the Congo • Réunion • Sierra Leone • South Africa • Swaziland • Tanzania • Togo • Uganda • Zambia • Zimbabwe See also Membership Statistics (Africa) • Temples in Africa • Missions in Africa