Wednesday, October 31, 2012
LDS Missionary Force in West Africa to Increase by 30%
Church leaders in West Africa report that the number of missionaries assigned to the Africa West Area will increase by 30% within the coming months. The lowered minimum age for missionary service has dramatically increased the number of missionary applications received by Church Headquarters within the past few weeks. The anticipated surge in the number of missionaries worldwide will enable the expansion of LDS missionary activity in West Africa. It is unclear how the Church will distribute additional missionary manpower within West Africa but three new missions may be organized as a result if there is a commensurate percentage increase in the number of missions in the area. Additional locations appear likely to open to proselytism in most West African countries with an LDS presence. It is unclear whether the Church will take any steps to open additional countries to proselytism in the region such as Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Guinea-Bissau.