This is the entire area of the South Africa Johannesburg Mission. It is huge, bigger than Texas!
Just to introduce you to the mission, here a few facts about South Africa and Botswana (The two countries I will be in).
- The most common languages: Zulu (23.8% 9.98 million), Xhosa (17.6% 7.79 million), Afrikaans (13.3% 4.74 million), Southern Sotho (4.24 million), Northern Sotho (4.09 million), English (8.2% 3.67 million), Tswana (3.41 million), Tsonga (1.94 million), Portuguese (1.5 million), Swati (1.01 million), Sepedi(9.4%), Sesotho (7.9%), Setswana (8.2%), Tsonga (4.4%) I'm not really sure these numbers and percentages add up but, the point is, wow! That is a lot of languages! I'm sure not gonna be only English speaking for long.
- Population: 49,052,489 (July 2009) with Black African (79%), White (9.6%), Colored (8.9%), Indian/Asian (2.5%)
- Faiths: Christian (79.7%), Muslim (1.5%), Other (2.3%), Unspecified (1.4%), None (15.1%)
- South Africa was dedicated for missionary work in May 1853.
- LDS Membership: 48,112
- Wards: 114 Branches: 47 Stakes:11?
- South Africa experiences some of the highest retention among countries with church membership over 20,000.
- Johannesburg Temple was dedicated on 24 August 1985 by President Gordon B. Hinckley
- Population: 1,990,876 (July 2009) with Tswana (79%), Kalanga (11%), Basawara (3%), Other (7%)
- There are 29 languages in Botswana but the national language is Setswana (78.2%) and the official language is English (2.1%)
- Faiths: Christian (71.6%), Badimo (6%), Other (1.4%), Unspecified (0,4%), None (20.6%)
- LDS Membership: 1,305 First members moved to Botswana from America in 1983.
- Dedicated for missionary work in 1992 (My birth year! I was meant to go here for sure)
- Wards: 3 Branches: 3 Stakes: 0
- Gaborone West 2nd ward became the first YSA(Young Single Adult) ward in Africa in Fall 2009
South Africa: http://www.cumorah.com/index.php?target=missiology_articles&story_id=117