Missionary Work: New Mormon Missions

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In October 2012 Thomas S. Monson, prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often mistakenly called the "Mormon Church"), announced a lowering of the required age for Mormon missionary service.

Mormon missionaries

The qualifying age was lowered from 19 to 18 for worthy young men, and from 21 to 19 for worthy young Mormon women. There was a sudden rush of missionary applications, 500% of normal, that has settled down over time to about double the usual application rate. Whereas young woman represented about 14% of the original force of young Mormon missionaries, applications were half from men and half from women.

As a result of this influx of new Mormon missionaries, the LDS Church has expanded its Missionary Training Center facilities, including converting an LDS school in Mexico City to an MTC. In February 2013 the Church of Jesus Christ announced that it would open 58 new missions around the world. These would not be located in countries where Mormon missionary work has not been occurring, but would be located in countries that already have Mormon missions.

The new missions are as follows:

Angola Luanda
Argentina Comodoro Rivadavia
Argentina Posadas
Arizona Gilbert
Arizona Scottsdale
Australia Sydney North
Bolivia Santa Cruz North
Botswana Gaborone
Brazil Curitiba South
Brazil Fortaleza East
Brazil Juiz de Fora
Brazil Natal
Brazil Piracicaba
Brazil Santos
Brazil São Paulo West
California Bakersfield
California Irvine
California Rancho Cucamonga
Chile Santiago South
Colorado Fort Collins
Ecuador Guayaquil West
Ecuador Quito North
El Salvador San Salvador East
Georgia Macon
Ghana Accra West
Guatemala Cobán
Honduras San Pedro Sula West
Idaho Nampa
Idaho Twin Falls
Illinois Chicago West
Japan Tokyo South
Kansas Wichita
Korea Seoul South
Liberia Monrovia
México Cancún
México Ciudad Juarez
México Ciudad Obregón
México México City Chalco
México Pachuca
México Queretaro
México Reynosa
México Saltillo
New Zealand Hamilton
Nigeria Benin City
Ohio Cincinnati
Oregon Salem
Papua New Guinea Lae
Perú Huancayo
Perú Iquitos
Philippines Cavite
Philippines Cebu East
Philippines Legaspi
Philippines Urdaneta
Ukraine L'viv
Utah Salt Lake City East
Virginia Chesapeake
Washington Federal Way
Washington Vancouver

The 58 new missions include 17 in U.S and Canada, 8 in Mexico, 3 in Central America, 15 in South America, 1 in Europe, 5 in Africa, 2 in Asia, 4 in the Philippines, and 3 in the Pacific. The number of Mormon missions will thereby increase from 347 to 405. New mission presidents have already been called to open the new missions. Mission presidents spend three years in their unpaid assignments and take their families with them, if they still have children at home. Opening a new mission means finding a location for a "mission home," from which to administer the mission, and to find housing for all new missionaries.

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