Church announces creation of 4 new missions, dissolving of 12 others

Four newly created missions have been announced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with 12 existing missions being dissolved into neighboring missions.

These changes will take place July 1, at which time the Church will have a total of 399 missions worldwide.

The new missions are:

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa East
  • Guatemala Antigua
  • Peru Limatambo
  • Philippines Antipolo

The 12 existing missions to be folded into neighboring missions — including seven in the United States — are:

  • 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

The mission changes were announced in a Wednesday, Jan. 2, statement, which noted a leveling off in the number of full-time missionaries since the 2012 age-change announcement. The number reached 88,000 at its height and has dropped since to today’s 65,000.

Parents of missionaries serving in the affected missions — whether created or dissolved — will receive additional information from their mission presidents. Information about new mission presidents will be announced later in January.