The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been in France nearly since the Church’s beginning; John Taylor dedicated the country for the preaching of the Gospel in 1850 and translated the Book of Mormon into French in 1851. To date, there are nearly 37,000 members, 2 missions, 108 congregations, and 69 family history centers in France. Switzerland also contributes to the dynamics of the France Lyon Mission, with over 8,400 members in 36 congregations, 14 family history centers—and a Temple. Much of the Swiss population, however, is German-speaking, so only the western portion is included in the Lyon Mission.
In 2010 the France Lyon Mission was created by combining the existing France Toulouse Mission with most of the Switzerland Geneva Mission.