The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announces that due to the recent influx of new missionaries, that 58 new missions are being created. A news release from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints indicates that the number of missions will raise from 347 to 405. Here is a graphic indicating the names and locations of the new missions.
|New LDS Missions|
|Africa Southeast Area||Mexico Area||North America West Area|
|Angola Luanda||Mexico Cancun||California Bakersfield|
|Botswana Gaborone||Mexico Ciudad Juarez||California Irvine|
|Africa West Area||Mexico Ciudad Obregon||California Rancho Cucamonga|
|Ghana Accra West||Mexico Mexico City Chalco||Pacific Area|
|Liberia Monrovia||Mexico Pachuca||Australia Sydney North|
|Nigeria Benin City||Mexico Queretaro||New Zealand Hamilton|
|Asia North Area||Mexico Reynosa||Papua New Guinea Lae|
|Japan Tokyo South||Mexico Saltillo||Philippines Area|
|Korea Seoul South||North America Central Area||Philippines Cavite|
|Brazil||Colorado Fort Collins||Philippines Cebu East|
|Brazil Curitiba South||Illinois Chicago West||Philippines Legaspi|
|Brazil Fortaleza East||Kansas Wichita||Philippines Urdaneta|
|Brazil Juiz de Fora||North America Northeast Area||South America Northwest Area|
|Brazil Natal||Virginia Chesapeake||Bolivia Santa Cruz North|
|Brazil Piracicaba||Ohio Cincinnati||Ecuador Guayaquil West|
|Brazil Santos||North America Northwest Area||Ecuador Quito North|
|Brazil Sao Paulo West||Oregon Salem||Peru Huancayo|
|Central America Area||Washington Federal Way||Peru Iquitos|
|El Salvador San Salvador East||Washington Vancouver||South America South Area|
|Guatemala Coban||North America Southeast Area||Argentina Comodoro Rivadavia|
|Honduras San Pedro Sula West||Georgia Macon||Argentina Posadas|
|Europe East Area||North America Southwest Area||Chile Santiago South|
|Ukraine L'viv||Arizona Gilbert||Utah Area|
|Idaho||Arizona Scottsdale||Utah Salt Lake City East|
|Idaho Twin Falls|
(Image courtesy of KSL News)
I recall trying to read Isaiah and understanding it when I attended BYU. Brother Fugal, my then Book of Mormon Instructor, tried to described to us what Isaiah might have been trying to describe to us from his perspective and life experience. In looking in Isaiah, I found this scripture this morning. I don't know that my interpretation is correct, but I find his words thought provoking and relevant to missionary service and the current influx.
3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
4 Lift up thine eyes round about and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from afar, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
(Isaiah 60: 3-4)
The Gospel will roll forth. How exciting it is not only to have a son who is serving in this great work, but to also be a witness to the many Young Single Adults in our ward who are preparing to leave their educational path and serve the Lord as missionaries. I have also found the change of the missionary age has no found its way into my workplace, which is something I could have never foreseen.
How blessed we are to see this new wave in history of the Church. I look forward to witnessing the change in the world that is about to come forth.