The First Presidency has called 111 new mission presidents and announced adjustments to the Church’s 421 missions.
The new mission presidents will begin service on July 1. A complete list of new mission presidents and companions can be found here.
In an effort to adjust the number of its 421 missions to better fit the needs of each region of the world, the Church will realign boundaries for 19 missions, as well as create five new missions on July 1, according to Mormon Newsroom. With the following changes there will be 407 missions.
Details on mission changes will be coming in future communications from mission presidents to parents of missionaries in the affected missions.
The following five missions will open in July 2018:
Brazil Rio de Janeiro South
Cote d’Ivoire Yamoussoukro
The Church will realign the boundaries for the following 19 missions in July 2018 and merge them with adjoining missions:
Australia Sydney North
California San Fernando
England London South
Illinois Chicago West
México Ciudad Obregón
New York New York South
Washington Federal Way
Changes to mission boundaries are common. Since President Thomas S. Monson announced in 2012 the change in the ages for missionary service, the Church has created 76 new missions to accommodate a surge of growth in only a few years from 58,000 to 88,000 missionaries. The initial wave of missionaries has since receded to about 68,000 missionaries, as anticipated.
Fewer missionaries means that not only are fewer missions needed, but also a heightened importance of a more appropriate placement of missionaries in areas of need around the world; thus the creation of five new missions.
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