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In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), an area is an administrative unit which typically is composed of multiple stakes and missions. These areas are the primary church administrative unit between individual stakes or missions and the church as a whole.

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HistoryEdit

The areas as they now exist were formed in January 1984.[1] Prior to that time, general authorities served as "area supervisors" and at times resided outside of Salt Lake City.[2] In 1984, 13 initial areas were created; by 1992 there were 22, and by early 2007 there were 31. As of August 2019 there are 21 areas.

Future area divisionEdit

On June 28, 2019, the First Presidency announced a future area division which will go into effect in August 2020, when the nations comprising the current Africa Southeast Area will be split between the new Africa Central Area and the renamed Africa South Area.[3]

On August 19, 2019, while on assignment in the Africa Southeast Area, W. Christopher Waddell, Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, announced that the headquarters for the new Africa Central Area will be based in Nairobi Kenya, and identified by name the nations that will constitute the new area in August 2020.[4] As a result of the planned area division, effective August 2020, there will be 22 geographical areas of the church.

AdministrationEdit

Until 2003, each area had a president and two counselors, all of whom were typically general authorities (area seventies were sometimes asked to be counselors). This three-man body was known as the area presidency. In that year, the church eliminated area presidencies for areas located in the United States and Canada, which were all then placed under the direct supervision of one of the members of the Presidency of the Seventy, thus freeing more general authorities from specific area assignments. Since these areas were previously administered by area presidencies located at church headquarters in Salt Lake City, the administrative change was not as drastic as it might seem.

In April 2018, the church announced that, effective August 1, areas in the United States and Canada would once again be supervised by a three-man presidency. This will enable members of the Presidency of the Seventy to more fully assist the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in their duties, and to fill other assignments as needed.[5]

Roughly one year later, in 2019, church leaders clarified that the 10 North American areas would be merged into 6 (with the Idaho and North America Central areas being consolidated into the North America Central, the North America Northwest, and North America West areas being consolidated into the North America West Area, and the Utah North, Utah Salt Lake City, and Utah South areas being consolidated into a single Utah Area.[6]

Also unique to the 2019 assignments was a change in the administration of the Middle East/Africa North Area. In prior years, two General Authority Seventies were assigned oversight for that area, which was administered from headquarters. However, beginning in August 2019, a three-man area presidency will serve the needs of that area. While the president and first counselor are General Authority Seventies who will continue their oversight from headquarters, the second counselor, an area seventy who lives and works within the boundaries of the area, will continue to do so and serve as a member of the area presidency.

The areas outside the United States and Canada continue to be governed by area presidencies that are typically composed of general authorities and area seventies. Rather than living in Salt Lake City, the area presidency members in these areas usually reside in a headquarters city that is located within the geographic boundaries of the area. Area seventies who serve in the area presidencies reside in their own homes, which may or may not be in the area headquarters city.

The church now has 15 areas outside North America and 6 areas inside North America for a total of 21. Area presidency assignments are generally filled by General Authority Seventies or area seventies]].[7]Area assignments are typically announced in the spring each year, with changes effective that year on August 1.[8]

ListEdit

The following is an alphabetical list of the areas of the church and related leadership assignments as of 1 August 2019.[6]

Area name Area headquarters Area
president
First
counselor
Second
counselor
Geographic coverage
(Areas where the LDS Church has no official presence in italics)
Notes
Africa Southeast Johannesburg, South Africa S. Mark Palmer Joseph W. Sitati Joni L. Koch Angola; Ascension (UK); Botswana; Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Comoros; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Djibouti; ; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Kenya; Lesotho; Madagascar; Malawi; Mauritius; Mayotte; Mozambique; Namibia; Republic of Congo; Réunion (FRA); Rwanda; Saint Helena (UK); Seychelles; Somalia; South Africa; Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania; Tristan da Cunha (UK); Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Africa West Accra, Ghana Marcus B. Nash Edward Dube Hugo E. Martinez Benin; Burkina Faso; Chad; Côte d'Ivoire; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Liberia; Mali; Mauritania; Maritius; Niger; Nigeria; São Tomé and Príncipe; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Togo; Western Sahara
Asia Hong Kong, China David F. Evans Peter F. Meurs David P. Homer Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Brunei; Cambodia; China; East Timor; India; Indonesia; Kyrgyzstan; Laos; Malaysia; Maldives; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Tajikistan; Taiwan; Thailand; Vietnam
Asia North Tokyo, Japan Yoon Hwan Choi Takashi Wada L. Todd Budge Japan; Micronesia; Mongolia[9]; North Korea; Palau; South Korea; Guam (US)
Brazil São Paulo, Brazil Marcos A. Aidukaitis Adilson de Paula Parrella Joaquin E. Costa Brazil Official website (Portuguese)
Caribbean Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Jose L. Alonso Eduardo Gavarret Jorge M. Alvarado Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Guyana; Haiti; Jamaica; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Anguilla (UK); Aruba (NED); Cayman Islands (UK); French Guiana (FRA); Guadaloupe (FRA); Martinique (FRA); Montserrat (FRA); Netherlands Antilles (NED); Puerto Rico (US); Saint Barthelemy (FRA); Saint Martin (FRA); Turks and Caicos Islands (UK); Virgin Islands (UK); Virgin Islands (US)
Central America Guatemala City, Guatemala Juan A. Uceda Brian K. Taylor Alan R. Walker Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
Europe Frankfurt, Germany Gary B. Sabin Massimo De Feo Erich W. Kopischke Albania; Andorra; Austria; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Cape Verde; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Republic of Ireland; Italy; Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Republic of Macedonia; Malta; Moldova; Monaco; Montenegro; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; San Marino; Scotland; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom; Vatican City; Azores (POR); Canary Islands (ESP); Gibraltar (UK); Greenland (DEN)
Europe East Moscow, Russia Christoffel Golden Hans T. Boom Alexey V. Samaykin (Area Seventy) Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Bulgaria; Estonia; Georgia; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Latvia; Lithuania; Russia; Tajikistan; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; Uzbekistan
Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Arnulfo Valenzuela Rafael E. Pino John C. Pingree Jr. Mexico; Cuba
Middle East/ Africa North Salt Lake City, Utah Anthony D. Perkins Larry S. Kacher Jeffrey H. Singer (Area Seventy) Algeria; Bahrain; Cape Verde; Egypt; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libya; Morocco; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Syria; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen; Gaza Strip; West Bank
North America Central Salt Lake City, Utah S. Gifford Nielsen Chi Hong (Sam) Wong Matthew L. Carpenter Alberta; Colorado; Idaho; Illinois; Iowa; Kansas; Manitoba; Michigan (Upper Peninsula); Minnesota; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Northwest Territories; North Dakota; Nunavut; Saskatchewan; South Dakota; Wisconsin; Wyoming; British Columbia (small eastern sections); Montana (small portion); Ontario (western half).
North America Northeast Salt Lake City, Utah Randall K. Bennett Allen D. Haynie W. Mark Bassett Connecticut; Delaware; Indiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; Nova Scotia; Ohio; Ontario; Pennsylvania; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia (most of the state); Washington, D.C.; West Virginia; Bermuda (UK); Saint Pierre and Miquelon (FRA)
North America Southeast Salt Lake City, Utah James B. Martino Vern P. Stanfill Hugo Montoya Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky (most of the state); Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas (small portion); Virginia (small portions)
North America Southwest Salt Lake City, Utah Paul B. Pieper Adrian Ochoa Kylse S. McKay Arizona; Nevada; New Mexico; Oklahoma; Texas; Arkansas (northwest quarter); California (small portions); Colorado (southwest portion); Kansas (small portion); Louisiana (small portion); Missouri (southwest third); Utah (small portions)
North America West Salt Lake City, Utah Kevin W. Pearson Scott D. Whiting Jörg Klebingat Alaska; British Columbia; California; Hawaii; Oregon; Washington; Yukon; Arizona (small portions)
Pacific Auckland, New Zealand Ian S. Ardern K. Brett Nattress Kazuhiko Yamashita Australia; Fiji; Kiribati; Marshall Islands; Nauru; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu; American Samoa (US); Cook Islands (NZ); French Polynesia, including Tahiti (FRA); New Caledonia (FRA); Niue (NZ); Pitcairn Islands (UK); Tokelau (NZ); Wallis and Futuna (FRA) Official website
Philippines Manila, Philippines Evan A. Schmutz Taniela B. Wakolo Steven R. Bangerter Philippines; Northern Mariana Islands (US)
South America Northwest Lima, Peru Enrique R. Falabella Jorge F. Zeballos Mathias Held Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru; Venezuela
South America South Buenos Aires, Argentina Benjamin De Hoyos Mark A. Bragg Juan Pablo Villar Argentina; Chile; Paraguay; Uruguay
Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Craig C. Christensen Randy D. Funk Walter F. Gonzalez Utah; Arizona small portion; Idaho (small portion); Nevada (small portion); Wyoming (southwest corner)

Area detailsEdit

The following statistics are current as of August 1, 2019, and are taken from the LDS Church Growth Blog, statistical profiles on cumorah.com, and the Facts and Statistics page of the Church's official website (www.churchofjesuschrist.org). Ward and branch totals and membership numbers were last updated in 2015.

Area Membership Missions Stakes/Districts Congregations (Wards/Branches) Temples
Africa Southeast 197,226 17 60 stakes
17 districts
585 congregations 5 temples:

Durban South Africa Temple (dedication scheduled)  • Harare Zimbabwe Temple (announced)  • Johannesburg South Africa Temple  • Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo  • Nairobi Kenya (announced)

Africa West 248,350 17 109 stakes
52 districts
810 congregations 4 temples:

Aba Nigeria Temple  • Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple (under construction)  • Accra Ghana Temple  • Lagos Nigeria (announced)

Asia 164,741 11 35 stakes
26 districts
368 congregations 5 temples:

Bangkok Thailand (under construction)  • Bengaluru India (announced)  • Hong Kong China Temple  • Phnom Penh Cambodia (announced)  • Taipei Taiwan Temple

Asia North 223,508 10 44 stakes
19 districts
420 congregations 6 temples:

Fukuoka Japan Temple  • {{{display_name}}} (announced)  • Sapporo Japan Temple  • Seoul Korea Temple  • Tokyo Japan Temple  • Yigo Guam (under construction)

Brazil 1,289,376 35 274 stakes
39 districts
1,996 congregations 11 temples:

Belém Brazil (under construction)  • Brasilia Brazil (announced)  • Campinas Brazil Temple  • Curitiba Brazil Temple  • Fortaleza Brazil Temple  • Manaus Brazil Temple  • Porto Alegre Brazil Temple  • Recife Brazil Temple  • Rio de Janeiro Brazil (under construction)  • Salvador Brazil (announced)  • São Paulo Brazil Temple

Caribbean 194,221 8 33 stakes
23 districts
367 congregations 3 temples:

Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple (dedication scheduled)  • San Juan Puerto Rico (under construction)  • Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple

Central America 729,791 19 132 stakes
129 districts
1,071 congregations 8 temples:

Guatemala City Guatemala Temple  • Managua Nicaragua (announced)  • Panama City Panama Temple  • Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple  • San José Costa Rica Temple  • San Pedro Sula Honduras (announced)  • San Salvador El Salvador Temple  • Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple

Europe 455,088 26 129 stakes
24 districts
1,261 congregations 15 temples:

Bern Switzerland Temple  • Budapest Hungary (announced)  • Copenhagen Denmark Temple  • Frankfurt Germany Temple  • Freiberg Germany Temple  • Helsinki Finland Temple  • Lisbon Portugal Temple (dedication scheduled)  • London England Temple  • Madrid Spain Temple  • Paris France Temple  • Praia Cabo Verde (under construction)  • Preston England Temple  • Rome Italy Temple  • Stockholm Sweden Temple  • The Hague Netherlands Temple

Europe East 44,313 10 4 stakes
20 districts
209 congregations 2 temples:

Kyiv Ukraine Temple  • Russia (announced)

Mexico 1,344,298 32 221 stakes
47 districts
1,981 congregations 14 temples:

Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple  • Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico Temple  • Guadalajara Mexico Temple  • Hermosillo Sonora Mexico Temple  • Mérida Mexico Temple  • Mexico City Mexico Temple  • Monterrey Mexico Temple  • Oaxaca Mexico Temple  • Puebla Mexico (announced)  • Tampico Mexico Temple  • Tijuana Mexico  • Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico Temple  • Veracruz Mexico Temple  • Villahermosa Mexico Temple

Middle East/Africa North[10] 11,714 0 2 stakes
2 districts
85 congregations 0 temples
North America Central 1,069,925 22 276 stakes
1 district
2,606 congregations 22 temples:

Billings Montana Temple  • Bismarck North Dakota Temple  • Boise Idaho Temple  • Calgary Alberta Temple  • Cardston Alberta Temple  • Chicago Illinois Temple  • Denver Colorado Temple  • Edmonton Alberta Temple  • Fort Collins Colorado Temple  • Idaho Falls Idaho Temple  • Kansas City Missouri Temple  • Meridian Idaho Temple  • Nauvoo Illinois Temple  • Pocatello Idaho (under construction)  • Regina Saskatchewan Temple  • Rexburg Idaho Temple  • St. Louis Missouri Temple  • St. Paul Minnesota Temple  • Twin Falls Idaho Temple  • Winnipeg Manitoba Temple (under construction)  • Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple

North America Northeast[10] 407,514 19 134 stakes
4 districts
839 congregations 13 temples:

Boston Massachusetts Temple  • Columbus Ohio Temple  • Detroit Michigan Temple  • Halifax Nova Scotia Temple  • Hartford Connecticut Temple  • Indianapolis Indiana Temple  • Manhattan New York Temple  • Montreal Quebec Temple  • Palmyra New York Temple  • Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple  • Richmond Virginia (announced)  • Toronto Ontario Temple  • Washington D.C. Temple

North America Southeast 526,385 15 115 stakes
0 districts
1,030 congregations 10 temples:

Atlanta Georgia Temple  • Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple  • Birmingham Alabama Temple  • Columbia South Carolina Temple  • Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple  • Louisville Kentucky Temple  • Memphis Tennessee Temple  • Nashville Tennessee Temple  • Orlando Florida Temple  • Raleigh North Carolina Temple

North America Southwest 1,032,246 21 269 stakes
2 districts
2,011 congregations 15 temples:

Albuquerque New Mexico Temple  • Dallas Texas Temple  • Gilbert Arizona Temple  • Houston Texas Temple  • Las Vegas Nevada Temple  • Lubbock Texas Temple  • Mesa Arizona Temple  • Monticello Utah Temple  • Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple  • Phoenix Arizona Temple  • Reno Nevada Temple  • San Antonio Texas Temple  • Snowflake Arizona Temple  • Gila Valley Arizona Temple  • Tucson Arizona Temple

North America West 1,347,961 28 missions 282 stakes
1 district
2,792 congregations 18 temples:

Anchorage Alaska Temple  • Columbia River Washington Temple  • Fresno California Temple  • Kona Hawaii Temple  • Laie Hawaii Temple  • Los Angeles California Temple  • Medford Oregon Temple  • Moses Lake Washington (announced)  • Newport Beach California Temple  • Oakland California Temple  • Portland Oregon Temple  • Redlands California Temple  • Sacramento California Temple  • San Diego California Temple  • Seattle Washington Temple  • Spokane Washington Temple  • Vancouver British Columbia Temple  • Feather River California (announced)

Pacific 499,509 16 139 stakes
39 districts
1,145 congregations 13 temples:

Adelaide Australia Temple  • Apia Samoa  • Auckland New Zealand (announced)  • Brisbane Australia Temple  • Hamilton New Zealand Temple (closed for renovations)  • Melbourne Australia Temple  • Neiafu Tonga (announced)  • Nuku'alofa Tonga Temple  • Pago Pago American Samoa (announced)  • Papeete Tahiti Temple  • Perth Australia Temple  • Suva Fiji Temple  • Sydney Australia Temple

Philippines[10] 688,852 23 113 stakes
64 districts
1,149 congregations 6 temples:

Cagayan de Oro Philippines (announced)  • Cebu City Philippines Temple  • Davao Philippines (announced)  • Manila-Area Philippines (announced)  • Manila Philippines Temple  • Urdaneta Philippines Temple (under construction)

South America Northwest 1,299,577 33 247 stakes
49 districts
1,874 congregations. 10 temples:

Arequipa Peru (dedication scheduled)  • Barranquilla Colombia Temple  • Bogotá Colombia Temple  • Caracas Venezuela Temple  • Cochabamba Bolivia Temple  • Guayaquil Ecuador Temple  • Lima Peru Temple  • Lima Peru Los Olivos (under construction)  • Quito Ecuador (under construction)  • Trujillo Peru Temple

South America South 1,193,569 27 181 stakes
55 districts
1,697 congregations. 9 temples:

Asunción Paraguay Temple  • Antofagasta Chile (announced)  • Buenos Aires Argentina Temple  • Concepción Chile Temple  • Córdoba Argentina Temple  • Mendoza Argentina (announced)  • Montevideo Uruguay Temple  • Salta Argentina (announced)  • Santiago Chile Temple

Utah 1,985,355 10 611 stakes
1 district
4,937 congregations 20 temples:

Bountiful Utah Temple  • Cedar City Utah Temple  • Draper Utah Temple  • Brigham City Utah Temple  • Jordan River Utah Temple  • Layton Utah (announced)  • Logan Utah Temple  • Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple  • Ogden Utah Temple  • Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple  • Payson Utah Temple  • Provo City Center Temple  • Provo Utah Temple  • Saratoga Springs Utah (announced)  • Salt Lake Temple  • St. George Utah Temple  • Star Valley Wyoming Temple  • Tooele Valley Utah (announced)  • Washington County Utah (announced)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allen, James B. and Glen M. Leonard. The Story of the Latter-day Saints 2nd Edition, p. 654.
  2. ^ Mehr, Kahlile (Spring 2001). "Area Supervision: Administration of the Worldwide Church, 1960-2002". Journal of Mormon History. 27 (1): 192–214.
  3. ^ Africa Southeast Area to be Divided into Two Areas, South African Newsroom, 28 June 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  4. ^ Africa Central Area Office to be in Nairobi Kenya, South African Newsroom, 19 August 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  5. ^ First Presidency Announces 2018 Area Leadership Assignments, Mormon Newsroom, 5 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  6. ^ a b First Presidency Announces 2019 Area Leadership Assignments, lds.org, 26 April 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  7. ^ Although [[area seventies may serve in an area presidency. In limited cases in the past, area seventies have comprised the whole presidency, but in recent years only a few area seventies have served in an area presidency. As of August 2019, the church has two area seventies serving in area presidencies: the Second Counselors in the Europe East and Middle East/Africa North Areas.
  8. ^ For several years, the assignments were effective on August 15, but August 1 has been the effective date since 2007.
  9. ^ The developing Church in Mongolia now belongs to the North Asia region, Newsroom: Mongolia, 24 July 2019, retrieved 30 July 2019.
  10. ^ a b c Current as of mid or late 2013. Information taken from lds.org and cumorah.com.