Sunday, July 14, 2024
HomeChurchThe Church of Jesus Christ Will Create 36 New Missions in 2024

The Church of Jesus Christ Will Create 36 New Missions in 2024

- Advertisment - Save on Great LDS Gifts

To accommodate rising numbers of missionaries (now at more than 72,000), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open 36 new missions on July 1, 2024. This puts the total number of missions at 450 — the highest number in Church history.


Church leaders will create these new missions from existing missions. This adjustment will allow mission leaders to have more interaction with missionaries and more missionaries to be assigned to wards and branches.

More missionaries are serving now than the 69,000 who were sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The increase is thanks in large part to Church President and Prophet Russell M. Nelson’s April 2022 call for more missionaries.


“We are incredibly grateful for the response we have seen by so many young people to our beloved Prophet’s clarion call for missionary service in April of last year,” said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who chairs the Church’s Missionary Executive Council. “We are witnessing an increased enthusiasm for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. These new missions, spread all around the world, will be a blessing locally as we desire to have more missionaries supporting the units of the Church.”


President Nelson’s call was for missionaries young and old. He said the “decision to serve a mission, whether a proselyting or a service mission, will bless you and many others. We also welcome senior couples to serve when their circumstances permit. Their efforts are simply irreplaceable.” The prophet stressed that “all missionaries teach and testify of the Savior. The spiritual darkness in the world makes the light of Jesus Christ needed more than ever.”


The number of young teaching and service missionaries and senior missionaries has gone from 56,000 at the end of 2021 to 62,500 at the end of 2022 to today’s more than 72,000 (of which nearly 5,300 are senior missionaries). They serve in more than 150 countries and teach in more than 60 languages.


Church leaders have also adjusted a policy: Prospective missionaries can submit their missionary recommendations up to 150 days prior to their availability date instead of 120 days. This change gives prospective missionaries more time to prepare for their missions, shortens the period between a prospective missionary’s availability date and mission start date and reduces visa delays for missionaries assigned to serve outside their home countries.


New missions are coming to 18 of the Church’s 22 areas around the world. These additional areas of service will be created in the following locations, effective July 1, 2024:

Africa Central

  1. Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa South
  2. Democratic Republic of the Congo Kolwezi
  3. Kenya Nairobi East

Africa South

  1. Madagascar Antananarivo North

Africa West

  1. Ghana Accra North
  2. Ghana Takoradi
  3. Nigeria Calabar
  4. Nigeria Port Harcourt North
  5. Sierra Leone Bo


  1. Cambodia Phnom Penh East
  2. Thailand Bangkok East

Asia North

  1. Japan Sendai


  1. Brazil Manaus South


  1. Dominican Republic Santo Domingo North

Europe Central

  1. Germany Hamburg

Europe North

  1. Portugal Porto


  1. México Mexicali
  2. México Puebla East

North America Central

  1. Montana Missoula

North America Southeast

  1. Florida Tallahassee
  2. South Carolina Charleston

North America Southwest

  1. Nevada Henderson
  2. Texas Dallas South
  3. Texas El Paso

North America West

  1. California Modesto


  1. Philippines Dumaguete
  2. Philippines General Santos
  3. Philippines Tuguegarao

South America Northwest

  1. Bolivia Cochabamba South
  2. Ecuador Quito West
  3. Perú Lima Northeast

South America South

  1. Argentina Tucumán
  2. Chile La Serena


  1. Utah Salt Lake City East
  2. Utah Saratoga Springs
  3. Utah Spanish Fork

Join the Discussion!
- Advertisment - LDS Scripture Study
Church Newsroom
Church Newsroom
The Church Newsroom provides official Church news and information through press releases and other media content.

Let’s Break Up With Singles Wards and Do This Instead

As a mid-single adult in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’ve had plenty of experience with singles wards ......

We Need More Charity in the World | 13 July 2024

Here’s your daily dose of what matters most! Charity is the pure love of Christ. It requires action on our part to...

Book of Mormon FHE Lesson – All Things Denote There is a God

Korihor, an antichrist, asked Alma for a sign to prove God was real. Alma taught that everything testifies of God if we...

Come Follow Me Study Guide – They Never Did Fall Away

July 1-7 Theme: They “Never Did Fall Away” Scripture Focus: Alma 23–29 Welcome to the weekly "Come, Follow Me" study guide. This guide is designed...
- Advertisment -Color Scriptures from LDS Bookstore