Amid frequent claims that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is in decline, a partial database of the Church’s landholdings released today shows impressive strength.

The database would make the Church the fifth largest private property holder in the United States.

The holdings show that the Church’s land connects well with its mission. The holdings include land for temples and meetinghouses, land for agricultural projects to support the Church’s welfare, land to help sustain city areas around temples, and land used as part of the Church’s stewardship of tithing funds.

The news should be welcome for Latter-day Saints knowing their faith’s long-term is secure.