Quietly, almost imperceptibly, The Church of Jesus Christ continues
to grow, marked in the last year by the announcement of nine new
temples, including two in developing Africa. While much of this
growth goes unnoticed by the major media, to members of the
Church, the spread of faith is the most important news in the world.
The Deseret News 2012 Church Almanac is the most complete
record of this tone that was cut out without hands and is filling the
Unique this year is the printing of the 150 millionth copy of the Book
of Mormon. This great book has come far since its original printing.
Likewise, the website familysearch.org grows in popularity among
genealogists with an inconceivable 15 billion hits. Highlighting the
year is the organization of the Moscow Russia Stake, the first in
"that great empire," as Joseph Smith once said.
Changes in Church leadership, the organization of the Church by
areas of the world, history of the Church by state in the U.S. and by
countries across the globe are all recorded in the 608 pages of the
2012 Church Almanac.