Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announces new missions

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the creation of four new missions and boundary realignments for 12 missions.

With these changes, beginning July 1, 2019, there will be 399 missions worldwide.

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

Church officials say changes to mission boundaries occur regularly based on the needs and demands of each area. This is particularly the case as the number of missionaries has leveled off after the change in ages for missionary service went into effect in 2012. The number of missionaries initially surged to over 88,000 before receding to 65,000 missionaries today.

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