The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced 168 new mission president assignments, effective July 2016. The Church has also made public her intention to create three new missions.
Speaking on the development, it was equally revealed that there will be organization of three new missions by the church. According to the Church, they will be in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, and Vietnam.
The Nigerian Owerri Mission will be created from a division of the Nigerian Port Harcourt Mission, the Vietnam Hanoi Mission will be created from a division of the Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission during the first half of the year.
Also, the Democratic Republic of the Congo Mbuji-Mayi Mission will be created from a division of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa and Democratic Republic of the Congo Lubumbashi missions. The new missions will become effective on July 1.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Christian restorationist church that is regarded by its followers to be the restoration of the original church established by Jesus Christ. The church’s headquarters is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has founded congregations (known as wards or branches) and increased its geographical limits by spreading temples around the world.
The church says she has over 85,000 missionaries and a membership of over 15 million. It is ranked by the National Council of Churches as the fourth-widest Christian denomination in the United States and the biggest denomination in the Latter Day Saint movement founded by Joseph Smith during the period of religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening.
The Church sees faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement as the central principle of their religion. It has an open canon which includes four scriptural texts: The Bible (Old and New Testaments), the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.
LDS theology covers the Christian doctrine of salvation only through Jesus Christ, even though her doctrines concerning the nature of God and the potential of mankind are visibly different from those of mainstream Christianity.