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FILE: Missionaries serving in the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission stand and sing under the direction of Sister Mary Cook during a devotional with Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo: Aubrey Eyre)
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Church Announces Creation Of Eight New Missions

FILE: Missionaries serving in the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission stand and sing under the direction of Sister Mary Cook during a devotional with Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo: Aubrey Eyre)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the creation of eight new missions, which will open next year.

The missions were announced Thursday.

This will bring the worldwide mission count to 407, according to a statement from the Church.

These new missions will open in July 2020:

  • Brazil Recife South
  • Cameroon Yaounde
  • Ecuador Guayaquil East
  • Ethiopia Addis Ababa
  • Mozambique Beira
  • Tanzania Dar es Salaam
  • Texas Austin
  • Texas Dallas East

The new missions will be created from the divisions of existing missions, church officials said. The boundaries are changed based on the needs and demands of each area.

“Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serve as volunteers at their own expense,” according to the Church’s statement. “Young men ages 18 to 25 serve for two years, while young women ages 19 to 39 serve for 18 months. Senior missionaries generally serve from six months to two years. Currently, there are more than 68,000 missionaries serving worldwide.”

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