The Asia Area
In today’s presentation, Asia will refer to the region designated by the Church as the Asia Area. This area ranges from Mongolia on the north to Indonesia on the south and from Taiwan on the east to Pakistan on the west. It excludes Japan and Korea, which are in the Asia North Area, and the Philippines which is its own area.
The Asia Area is comprised of twenty-five countries and territories with a combined population of more than 3.5 billion people or one-half of the world total. Yet, Church membership in Asia is only 161,000, which is just a minuscule one in every twenty-two thousand persons. Thus, to the vast majority of Asian people who have never met a Mormon, the Church is probably just one more obscure Western religion.
In 1834, Joseph Smith prophesied, “Brethren, . . . you know no more concerning the destinies of this Church and kingdom than a babe upon its mother’s lap. You don’t comprehend it. . . . It is only a little handful of Priesthood you see here tonight, but this Church will fill North and South America—it will fill the world” (Chapter 11: “The Organization and Destiny of the True and Living Church,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, 2007, pp. 135–47).
If you visit the Church Newsroom web site and look at the map of our meetinghouses across the world, you will see the ongoing fulfillment of this prophecy. North America is covered with red dots representing meetinghouses, as is South America, Western Europe, the Pacific, and North Asia. Red dots are beginning to cover Southern Africa. The last frontiers are Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.