The First Presidency also announced that seven areas in the United States and Canada will be combined into three areas.
Effective Aug. 1, the North America Northwest Area and the North America West will combine to become the North America West Area. The Idaho Area and North America Central Area will become the North America Central Area. And the Utah North Area, Utah Salt Lake City Area and the Utah South Area will combine to become the Utah Area.
With the changes, the Church will have 15 areas outside North America and 6 areas inside North America for a total of 21.
Beginning in 1984, the Church established areas to direct the work in geographic locations. The area presidencies for the United States and Canada will work from Church headquarters; area presidencies outside of the United States and Canada operate from area offices in each assigned area. The Church’s Middle East/North Africa Area is administered from headquarters.
The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles act under the direction of the First Presidency “to build up the church, and regulate all the affairs of the same in all nations. … The Seventy are to act in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the Twelve … in building up the church and regulating all the affairs of the same in all nations” (Doctrine and Covenants 107:33-34).