Friday, February 22, 2013

New Missions Announced

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.
The full list of new missions can be found here among them:
America West Area
  • California Bakersfield
  • California Irvine
  • California Rancho Cucamonga

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