First Presidency Creates Mission in India

“First Presidency Creates Mission in India,” Ensign, Dec. 2007, 76

First Presidency Creates Mission in India

The India New Delhi Mission, announced recently by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, becomes the second mission in India, and brings the total number of missions in the world to 348.

The new mission, which opened on November 1, 2007, was created from the division of the India Bangalore Mission and the Singapore Mission.

The New Delhi Mission includes the northern portion of India and Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.

Gary R. Ricks, serving with his wife, Florence, in New Delhi as a senior missionary, has been called as the new mission president.

The rest of the country will be retained in the India Bangalore Mission, with the addition of Sri Lanka. The Singapore Mission will include Singapore, East Malaysia, and West Malaysia.

The division will help reduce travel distances and increase the time the mission presidents will have to work with the missionaries.