LDS Church announces 2018 mission president assignments, mission adjustments

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

Nigeria Ibadan

Philippines Cabanatuan

Zimbabwe Bulawayo

The Church will realign the boundaries for the following 19 missions in July 2018 and merge them with adjoining missions:

Australia Sydney North

Bulgaria Sofia

California Modesto

California San Fernando

England London South

Greece Athens

Illinois Chicago West

México Ciudad Obregón

México Reynosa

Mississippi Jackson

New York New York South

Ohio Cleveland

Portugal Porto


Russia Samara

Spain Málaga

Ukraine L’viv

Utah Logan

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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