LDS Church announces five new missions, boundary changes for 19 missions

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Missionaries in the Provo Missionary Training Center walk on the new campus. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced five new missions and 19 mission boundary changes on Thursday morning.

In October, the LDS Church told members it would adjust the current 421 missions “to better fit the needs of each region of the world,” according to a press release. Now the Church will drop from 421 missions to 407 total missions.  The mission changes will take place in July 2018.

“We want missionaries to be in the best possible place and position to help people, whether through sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ or community service,” said General Authority Seventy Elder Brent H. Nielson, executive director of the Missionary Department. “The pattern established by the Savior is to make a difference in individual lives, one by one, all over the world, which requires continuous planning and organizing.”

The five new missions include:

  • Brazil Rio de Janeiro South
  • Cote d’Ivoire Yamoussoukro
  • Nigeria Ibadan
  • Philippines Cabanatuan
  • Zimbabwe Bulawayo

The LDS Church will realign boundaries in 19 missions, combining missions in the process. Those missions are:

  • Australia Sydney North
  • Bulgaria Sofia
  • California Modesto
  • California San Fernando
  • England London South
  • Greece Athens
  • Illinois Chicago West
  • México Ciudad Obregón
  • México Reynosa
  • Mississippi Jackson
  • New York New York South
  • Ohio Cleveland
  • Portugal Porto
  • România/Moldova
  • Russia Samara
  • Spain Málaga
  • Ukraine L’viv
  • Utah Logan
  • Washington Federal Way

Since President Thomas S. Monson announced the missionary age change — which allowed men to serve missions at age 18 and women to serve missions at age 19 — the Church added 76 new missions in order to accommodate the growing missionary community. The number of full-time missionaries increased from 58,000 to 88,000. Following the initial surge, the number of missionaries has now receded to 68,000 missionaries.

Mission presidents of the new and adjusted missions will communicate with parents of missionaries in the future to share details about the changes.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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