In a statement from the Church’s official Newsroom, changes are coming to multiple missions around the world with four new missions and boundary realignments for 12 others.
The following four missions will open in July 2019:
- Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa East
- Guatemala Antigua
- Perú Limatambo
- Philippines Antipolo
The Church will also realign the boundaries for the following 12 missions in July 2019 and merge them with adjoining missions:
- Argentina Posadas
- California Irvine
- California Long Beach
- California Rancho Cucamonga
- Canada Halifax
- Florida Tallahassee
- Georgia Macon
- Idaho Nampa
- Japan Sendai
- Korea Daejeon
- New York Utica
- Virginia Chesapeake
According to the news release, the major drive behind this realignment is the leveling off of the number of missionaries after a surge in 2012 with the change in age for missionary service. As expected, the number of missionaries peaked at over 88,000 before settling to approximately 65,000 today.
Further details on these changes will be communicated from mission presidents to parents of missionaries in the affected missions. Information about new mission presidents will be announced later this month.
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