LDS Church announces 58 new missions


The LDS Church announced Friday that it is creating 58 new missions around the world.

The LDS church has added 58 new missions to accomodate the recent influx of missionaries. (Photo by Chris Bunker)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted a press release announcing the next step to accommodate the surge of young missionaries following President Thomas S. Monson’s missionary age change announcement in October.

“In addition to the previously announced changes in time spent at the missionary training center (MTC) and a new MTC in Mexico, some of the 347 existing missions will be divided to form an additional 58 missions,” the church announced on its website.

President Monson announced during the Church’s general conference in October that the minimum age for men and women to serve a mission had been lowered.

Since then, the Church has been accepting applications from 18-year-old men and 19-year-old women.

In the months following the announcement, new developments concerning Missionary Training Centers have become frequent, including the cancellation of the proposed Provo MTC tower and the plan to open an MTC in Mexico.

Eighteen-year-old men and 19-year-old women began entering the Provo MTC on Jan. 23, beginning the surge of missionaries expected since October.

“The enthusiastic response to the change in missionary age requirements has given thousands of young people more options to serve and they have responded with incredible faith,” Elder Russell M. Nelson said in the press release.

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