Mongolia


Population: 3,051,900

Income per capita(US$): $3,968

LDS Membership: 11,436

Number of LDS Congregations: 25

Number of LDS Missions: 1

Number of LDS Temples: 0 (Nearest temple is in Hong Kong)

LCF Programs in Mongolia

Darkhan District

Mongolia - History and Demographics

Mongolia is well known for Genghis Khan who led the Mongols in the 13th century to conquer a vast area and establish one of the largest land empire in history. Over time, Mongolia came under Chinese rule until it won its independence in 1921. It was then under a communist regime until 1990 when it went through a revolution and held parliamentary elections.

Mongolia is located in Northern Asia, between China and Russia. In land size, it is slightly smaller than Alaska, and more than twice the size of Texas. Mongolia is a semi-desert terrain with sparse grassy steppes and mountains in the west and southwest. The climate is a desert climate with large daily and seasonal temperature ranges. The Gobi Desert is located in south-central Mongolia. Nearly half of the population of Mongolia lives in the capital of Ulaanbaatar, and another large percentage live a nomadic lifestyle.

LDS Church in Mongolia

In 1992, the first LDS missionary couples arrived in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and the first mission was established in 1995. The first meetinghouse was then dedicated four years later, in 1999. Since 1992, the Church has grown to include approximately 11,000 members in 25 congregations throughout Mongolia. The closest temple for the Mongolian Saints is the Hong Kong China Temple.

History of LCF in Mongolia

The initial Liahona Children's Foundation screenings for Mongolia took place in the summer of 2014, and the first supplements were distributed to children in the Darkhan District in December 2014. The LCF nutrition program currently provides nutritional supplementation for 50 children in the Darkhan District.