LDS Church announces 58 new missions

By Stephanie Grimes | Posted - Feb 22nd, 2013 @ 7:31pm

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Friday the creation of 58 new missions, including one in Utah.

The announcement came after the LDS church saw a drastic increase in members interested in serving missions following LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson's October announcement that the church would lower the age of mission eligibility to 18 for men and 19 for women.

Men were previously required to be at least 19 years old for missionary service; women were required to be at least 21.

Deseret News:

The response to the announcement led to the church's missionary force exceeding 60,000 for the first time in many years.

The 58 new missions include one in Utah — the Salt Lake City East mission — and two in Idaho, in Nampa and Twin Falls.

Three new missions were added in Central America, and eight were added in Mexico. South America, too, saw a significant increase, with seven missions being added to Brazil alone. The additional missions raise the number of missions from 347 to 405.

All of the new missions are being created through boundary adjustments within existing missions.

New LDS Missions
Africa Southeast AreaMexico AreaNorth America West Area
Angola LuandaMexico CancunCalifornia Bakersfield
Botswana GaboroneMexico Ciudad JuarezCalifornia Irvine
Africa West AreaMexico Ciudad ObregonCalifornia Rancho Cucamonga
Ghana Accra WestMexico Mexico City ChalcoPacific Area
Liberia MonroviaMexico PachucaAustralia Sydney North
Nigeria Benin CityMexico QueretaroNew Zealand Hamilton
Asia North AreaMexico ReynosaPapua New Guinea Lae
Japan Tokyo SouthMexico SaltilloPhilippines Area
Korea Seoul SouthNorth America Central AreaPhilippines Cavite
BrazilColorado Fort CollinsPhilippines Cebu East
Brazil Curitiba SouthIllinois Chicago WestPhilippines Legaspi
Brazil Fortaleza EastKansas WichitaPhilippines Urdaneta
Brazil Juiz de ForaNorth America Northeast AreaSouth America Northwest Area
Brazil NatalVirginia ChesapeakeBolivia Santa Cruz North
Brazil PiracicabaOhio CincinnatiEcuador Guayaquil West
Brazil SantosNorth America Northwest AreaEcuador Quito North
Brazil Sao Paulo WestOregon SalemPeru Huancayo
Central America AreaWashington Federal WayPeru Iquitos
El Salvador San Salvador EastWashington VancouverSouth America South Area
Guatemala CobanNorth America Southeast AreaArgentina Comodoro Rivadavia
Honduras San Pedro Sula WestGeorgia MaconArgentina Posadas
Europe East AreaNorth America Southwest AreaChile Santiago South
Ukraine L'vivArizona GilbertUtah Area
IdahoArizona ScottsdaleUtah Salt Lake City East
Idaho Nampa
Idaho Twin Falls

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