LDS Church to open 58 missions

Feb 22 2013 - 6:24pm

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is creating 58 new missions around the world to accommodate an influx of missionaries triggered by the lowering of the minimum age.

Church leaders said in an announcement Friday that the missions redistribute missionaries within states and countries where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is already proselytizing.

Each mission usually has 150-250 missionaries. There are now 405 missions worldwide.

The list of new missions includes eight in Mexico and seven in Brazil. There are two in Arizona: in Gilbert and Scottsdale. There is one in Salt Lake City.

LDS leaders lowered the minimum age for missionaries in October: from 21 to 19 for women; and from 19 to 18 for men.

Since the change, applications for new missions are up twofold.

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