Latter-day Saints look forward to the future with optimism, enthusiasm and confidence.  The future of the restoration was foretold by Joseph Smith in 1842.

Our missionaries are going forth to different nations, and in Germany, Palestine, New Holland, the East Indies, and other places, the standard of truth has been erected:

no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing, 

persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, 

but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent 

till it has penetrated every continent, 

visited every clime, 

swept every country, 

and sounded in every ear, 

till the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the great Jehovah shall say the work is done.


1842 Nauvoo

In 1842, the Latter-day Saints had lost their first temple in Kirtland. They were constructing a second in Nauvoo when Joseph Smith wrote the words above, as well as the following:

Persecution has not stopped the progress of truth, but has only added fuel to the flame, it has spread with increasing rapidity, proud of the cause which they have espoused and conscious of their innocence and of the truth of their system amidst calumny and reproach have the elders of this church gone forth, and planted the gospel in almost every state in the Union; 

it has penetrated our cities, it has spread over our villages, and has caused thousands of our intelligent, noble, and patriotic citizens to obey its divine mandates, and be governed by its sacred truths. 

It has also spread into England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales: in the year of 1839 where a few of our missionaries were sent over five thousand joined the standard of truth, there are numbers now joining in every land.



In 2024, there are 411 missions around the world. "According to the Church’s end-of-year statistics, the 2021 total of full-time teaching missions was 54,539, with an additional 36,639 service missionaries. Those numbers are up from the end of the previous, pandemic-period year of 2020 — 51,819 and 30,527, respectively."


Fiji temple


In 2024, there are 335 temples in various phases around the world, although these numbers change frequently as new temples are announced and others begin construction.