58 New LDS Missions Created

mormon missionariesThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced last week it will create 58 new missions in response to a recent surge in missionary applications.

The news comes after an announcement made by President Thomas S. Monson, leader of the Mormon Church, last October in which the minimum age for young men and young women was lowered to age 18 and 19, respectively. Since then, the Church has seen an immense response from young men and women throughout the world who previously left for missionary service at age 19 (for young men) and age 21 (for young women).

Missionary service is an integral part of the Mormon Church. There are tens of thousands of Mormon missionaries throughout the world that serve in pairs, teaching individuals and families about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

A mission is defined as a geographical area which is presided over by a mission president. Several hundred missionaries will be assigned to each mission. With the increase of 58 new missions, that brings the total to 405.

The new missions include:

  • Angola Luanda
  • Argentina Comodoro Rivadavia
  • Argentina Posadas
  • Arizona Gilbert
  • Arizona Scottsdale
  • Australia Sydney North
  • Bolivia Santa Cruz North
  • Botswana Gaborone
  • Brazil Curitiba South
  • Brazil Fortaleza East
  • Brazil Juiz de Fora
  • Brazil Natal
  • Brazil Piracicaba
  • Brazil Santos
  • Brazil São Paulo West
  • California Bakersfield
  • California Irvine
  • California Rancho Cucamonga
  • Chile Santiago South
  • Colorado Fort Collins
  • Ecuador Guayaquil West
  • Ecuador Quito North
  • El Salvador San Salvador East
  • Georgia Macon
  • Ghana Accra West
  • Guatemala Cobán
  • Honduras San Pedro Sula West
  • Idaho Nampa
  • Idaho Twin Falls
  • Illinois Chicago West
  • Japan Tokyo South
  • Kansas Wichita
  • Korea Seoul South
  • Liberia Monrovia
  • México Cancún
  • México Ciudad Juarez
  • México Ciudad Obregón
  • México México City Chalco
  • México Pachuca
  • México Queretaro
  • México Reynosa
  • México Saltillo
  • New Zealand Hamilton
  • Nigeria Benin City
  • Ohio Cincinnati
  • Oregon Salem
  • Papua New Guinea Lae
  • Perú Huancayo
  • Perú Iquitos
  • Philippines Cavite
  • Philippines Cebu East
  • Philippines Legaspi
  • Philippines Urdaneta
  • Ukraine L’viv
  • Utah Salt Lake City East
  • Virginia Chesapeake
  • Washington Federal Way
  • Washington Vancouver
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