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.
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 Area||Mexico Area||North America West Area|
|Angola Luanda||Mexico Cancun||California Bakersfield|
|Botswana Gaborone||Mexico Ciudad Juarez||California Irvine|
|Africa West Area||Mexico Ciudad Obregon||California Rancho Cucamonga|
|Ghana Accra West||Mexico Mexico City Chalco||Pacific Area|
|Liberia Monrovia||Mexico Pachuca||Australia Sydney North|
|Nigeria Benin City||Mexico Queretaro||New Zealand Hamilton|
|Asia North Area||Mexico Reynosa||Papua New Guinea Lae|
|Japan Tokyo South||Mexico Saltillo||Philippines Area|
|Korea Seoul South||North America Central Area||Philippines Cavite|
|Brazil||Colorado Fort Collins||Philippines Cebu East|
|Brazil Curitiba South||Illinois Chicago West||Philippines Legaspi|
|Brazil Fortaleza East||Kansas Wichita||Philippines Urdaneta|
|Brazil Juiz de Fora||North America Northeast Area||South America Northwest Area|
|Brazil Natal||Virginia Chesapeake||Bolivia Santa Cruz North|
|Brazil Piracicaba||Ohio Cincinnati||Ecuador Guayaquil West|
|Brazil Santos||North America Northwest Area||Ecuador Quito North|
|Brazil Sao Paulo West||Oregon Salem||Peru Huancayo|
|Central America Area||Washington Federal Way||Peru Iquitos|
|El Salvador San Salvador East||Washington Vancouver||South America South Area|
|Guatemala Coban||North America Southeast Area||Argentina Comodoro Rivadavia|
|Honduras San Pedro Sula West||Georgia Macon||Argentina Posadas|
|Europe East Area||North America Southwest Area||Chile Santiago South|
|Ukraine L'viv||Arizona Gilbert||Utah Area|
|Idaho||Arizona Scottsdale||Utah Salt Lake City East|
|Idaho Twin Falls|