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Published: Friday, Feb. 22 2013 12:00 p.m. MST

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Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

This is great! The Lord's work is progressing in spite of the numerous obstacles.

byufan1993
Provo, , UT

I'm interested to see what this does to my mission. I was called to the El Salvador San Salvador mission, but it seems like now there will be three instead of just two missions in El Salvador? Love how The Lord is progressing His work!!! Can't wait to get out there soon!

Coach Biff
Lehi, UT

Wait a minute. I thought we were losing members left and right. Maybe it's all for show.

christoph
Brigham City, UT

Coach Biff, and maybe the Bible is true which says the children of the kingdom will be cast into outer darkness (Matt. 8:12) and the Gentile nations become the blessed, and the first become last and the last become first.

Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT

The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.” Joseph Smith Jr.

JoeCapitalist2
Orem, UT

How many of these new missions actually opened up new areas for missionary work vs just split a single mission into two, or two into three?

If I were a missionary now, I would not necessarily like this announcement if it is just splitting missions. It just means that each mission is squeezed into a smaller geographical area and therefore giving less opportunities to work in a variety of places. If I were called to Germany, I would want it to cover the whole country instead of spending my whole mission in just the city of Berlin.

Brigham's Brother
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I had heard visa limitations limited the amount of new missionaries we could send abroad. That certainly doesn't appear to be the case with the creation of so many foreign missions.

Thinkman
Provo, UT

This was expected given the huge wave of missionaries that entered the missionary force with the age changes announced in October. I wonder how long the Idaho missions, Nampa and Twin Falls will stay separate before being folded back into the Boise and Idaho Falls missions.

The LDS church will likely see a major spike of 25,000 - 30,000 more missionaries per year but then in about 3-4 years, the numbers will also likely drop to about the same pre-October 2012 levels.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Brigham's Brother

Don't forget that many of these missions will be manned by missionaries from countries other than the U.S., so any visa issues unique to the U.S. aren't a factor.

When I was a missionary way back when, American missionaries were not allowed into Colombia for political reasons. The Colombian missions were staffed entirely with missionaries from other Latin American countries.

John20000
Cedar Hills, UT

@Thinkman - Your opinion that this is a temporary spike is missing a significant point: young women are more likely to serve missions at 19 than at 21. I think you will see close to double the "pre-age change" numbers of missionaries serving and that level will be maintained, not drop back down, by the fact that more young women are serving missions. The same effect for the young men will be in place, just at a less dramatic change in numbers, but young men are more likely to serve missions at 18 than at 19.

legalwriter
PROVIDENCE, UT

I am excited to see the creation of new missions in Brazil, especially the Sao Paulo West. I served in the Sao Paul South Mission soon after the creation of the Sao Paulo Interlagos Mission. The other Sao Paulo missions presidents had to send missionaries to the new mission and sent a lot of their fubeca missionaries so the Interlagos mission had some probelems at first. Hopefully, that problem won't happen again.

ldsrebirth
Virginia Beach, VA

Awesome! The Virginia Cheaspeake Mission, I like the sound of it! Cheaspeake is next door to Virginia Beach. This will get me more fired up when I teach Gospel Essentials on Sunday!

Big Bubba
Herriman, UT

With increasing wickedness there must be a concomitant increase in righteousness. This news of new missions and more missionaries shows that the gospel is keeping up with forces in the world that try to tear down traditional moral values. Standing with the gospel is not always popular, but it is always right.

bricha
lehi, ut

Joe Capatalist2: I would have to disagree, it took over 18 hours to drive from one side of my mission to the other, we only had enough missionaries to cover a small portion of the towns and cities that my mission encompassed. Splitting it in two would have been a huge blessing and made all of us extremely excited.

Brigham Brother: I think you are discounting the amount of missionaries that are not born in the U.S. my mission had about 1/4 South American missionaries to 3/4 american, but most mission in the area at the time where about 50/50. In fact my friend serving in Chile only had 1 american companion.

Montana Mormon
Miles City, MT

I was called to the Guatemala Guatemala City Mission in September 1974. At that time the mission consisted of Guatemala and El Salvador. The mission was split in 1976 and I was released from the El Salvador San Salvador Mission. Now there are seven missions between the two countries, and three temples. Amazing.

Thinkman
Provo, UT

John2000,

You might be correct. However, I think the novelty of serving a mission will wane if not over the next 3-4 years, over the next 5-10 years among "young women." I still think it is a bit shortsighted for the LDS church to create all these new missions as you will see a large contraction in about 5 years or less. The LDS church was contracting its missions prior to October 2012 in Japan, most of Asia and many parts in Europe.

I also think that there was wisdom in having a larger age gap between the men and women serving than what we now have. A 19 year old male is not nearly (usually) as mature as a 21 year old female. An 18 year old male is even less mature than a 19 year old male and a 19 year female is much less mature than a 21 year old female.

I think the age change was a move to jump start the declining convert baptism rate the LDS church started experiencing about 10-12 years ago which has seen a steady decline since. More missionaries may not translate into more convert baptisms.

EJB
BLANDING, UT

To "Thinkman"
You can think what you want, but you best be thinking that the Lord is in charge and control of his church and He knows what He is doing.

I-am-I
South Jordan, UT

Saltillo! One of my favorite cities ever!

Someone Else
Provo, UT

When I was in Brazil long ago, the Brazilian sisters were allowed to go on missions at 19, the elders at 18. They were wonderful missionaries.

I don't think this is a temporary spike. Though still completely optional for women, I believe far more girls will want to go on missions, and that it will become the norm rather than the exception. There will be more elders, also, as young men will be eligible to leave while they still have the zeal of seminary behind them. True, they will be younger and more inexperienced, but I believe increased focus on mission prep in wards and seminaries will take care of that. And with young men and young women leaving on missions at roughly the same age, there will be fewer of both tempted to stay home because of boyfriends/girlfriends. In fact, I see the norm becoming that high school sweethearts will serve missions "together", knowing that they will both be returning home at about the same time. It will make missions much easier when boyfriends/girlfriends are going through the same experience and are able to support and encourage each other.

It's all good.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Thinkman,

No one with a brain thinks that the current wave is permanent. It is the collapsing of several years of eligibility into one.

But there will likely be a few more YM (especially where the timing was awkward for school). For the sister, I think it will be a permanent uptick (again, not as strong as the coming wave, but still strong). Many more sisters will now serve missions. Given my own experiences with sister missionaries, that is a great thing.

NTW, I am certain someone at church headquarters has demographic charts and a computer. They are not making long-term plans based on the short term wave effect.

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