Church to Add 8 New Missions
Contributed By Scott Taylor, Church News managing editor
- The Church is creating eight new missions, bringing its total number of missions to 407 around the world.
The addition of eight new missions—four in Africa, two in South America, and two in the state of Texas—will bring The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’s global total of missions to 407.
With their boundaries to be created from existing missions, the eight new missions opening on July 1, 2020, are as follows:
- Brazil Recife South Mission
- Cameroon Yaounde Mission
- Ecuador Guayaquil East Mission
- Ethiopia Addis Ababa Mission
- Mozambique Beira Mission
- Tanzania Dar es Salaam Mission
- Texas Austin Mission
- Texas Dallas East Mission
The Brazil Recife South Mission will be the second in the capital city of the northeastern state of Pernambuco and the 36th mission in Brazil, home to nearly 1.4 million Latter-day Saints. Other cities as headquarters for multiple missions include São Paulo and its five missions, with two each in Curitiba, Florianópolis, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador.
The Cameroon Yaounde Mission is the first in the Central African country off the Gulf of Guinea. Cameroon currently pertains to the Republic of Congo Brazzaville Mission.
The Ecuador Guayaquil East Mission is the fourth mission in that city, with a fifth in Ecuador headquartered in the capital city of Quito.
The Mozambique Beira Mission is the second mission in the Southern African country with the extensive Indian Ocean coastline. It will have its headquarters in Mozambique’s capital city, with the first mission located in Maputo.
The Tanzania Dar es Salaam Mission is the first in the East African nation known for the Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro. Tanzania currently is part of the Kenya Nairobi Mission.
The Texas Austin and Texas Dallas East missions join eight currently operating missions in the Lone Star State—three in Houston and one each headquartered in Dallas, Fort Worth, Lubbock, McAllen, and San Antonio.
Missionaries watch President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prior to a missionary meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Thursday, October 25, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.