Area (LDS Church)

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

History[edit]

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 2012 there are 25 areas.

Administration[edit]

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 all areas located in the United States and Canada. Each of these areas were placed under the direct supervision of one of the seven 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.

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. One exception to the area presidency living in the geographic boundaries is the Middle East/Africa North Area which is administered from Salt Lake City. Each area presidency employs an executive secretary to assist in the administration of the area.

The church now has 15 areas outside North America and 10 areas inside North America for a total of 25.

Area presidency assignments are generally filled by members of the First or Second Quorum of the Seventy. New assignments will become effective 1 August 2014.[3]

List[edit]

The following is an alphabetical list of the areas of the church.[4] The number assigned corresponds to the number on the map in the section below.

Area name Area headquarters Area
president
(Quorum)
First
counselor
(Quorum)
Second
counselor
(Quorum)
Geographic coverage
(Areas where the LDS Church has no official presence in italics)
Notes
Africa Southeast Johannesburg, South Africa Carl B. Cook (1st) Stanley G. Ellis (1st) Kevin S. Hamilton (2nd) Angola; Botswana; Burundi; Comoros; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Republic of Congo; Djibouti; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Kenya; Lesotho; Madagascar; Mauritius; Mozambique; Namibia; Rwanda; Seychelles; Somalia; South Africa; Swaziland; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe; Ascension Island (UK); Réunion (FRA); Saint Helena (UK); Tristan da Cunha (UK)
Africa West Accra, Ghana LeGrand R. Curtis Jr. (1st) Terence M. Vinson (2nd) Edward Dube (1st) Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Liberia; Mali; Mauritania; Niger; Nigeria; São Tomé and Príncipe; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Sudan; Togo; Western Sahara
Asia Hong Kong, China Gerrit W. Gong (1st) Randy D. Funk (2nd) Chi Hong (Sam) Wong (1st) Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Brunei; Cambodia; China; East Timor; India; Indonesia; Kyrgyzstan; Laos; Malaysia; Maldives; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Tajikistan; Taiwan; Thailand; Vietnam
Asia North Tokyo, Japan Michael T. Ringwood (1st) Koichi Aoyagi (2nd) Scott D. Whiting (1st) Japan; Micronesia; North Korea; Palau; South Korea; Guam (US)
Brazil São Paulo, Brazil Claudio R.M. Costa (1st) Jairo Mazzagardi (2nd) Marcos A. Aidukaitis (1st) Brazil Official website (Portuguese)
Caribbean Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic J. Devn Cornish (2nd) Claudio D. Zivic (1st) Hugo E. Martinez (2nd) 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 Kevin R. Duncan (1st) Adrian Ochoa (2nd) Jose L. Alonso (1st) Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
Europe Frankfurt, Germany José A. Teixeira (1st) Patrick Kearon (1st) Timothy J. Dyches (2nd) Albania; Andorra; Austria; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; 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; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom; Vatican City; Azores (POR); Canary Islands (ESP); Gibraltar (UK); Greenland (DEN)
Europe East Moscow, Russia Bruce D. Porter (1st) Randall K. Bennett (2nd) Jörg Klebingat (1st) Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Bulgaria; Estonia; Georgia; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Latvia; Lithuania; Russia; Tajikistan; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; Uzbekistan
Idaho Salt Lake City, Utah Craig C. Christensen (Presidency) Idaho; Montana (small portion); Wyoming (small portion)
Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Benjamín De Hoyos (1st) Paul B. Pieper (1st) Arnulfo Valenzuela (1st) Mexico; Cuba
Middle East/ Africa North Salt Lake City, Utah Bruce A. Carlson (2nd),  Larry S. Kacher (2nd) 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 Craig C. Christensen (Presidency) Alberta; British Columbia (small eastern sections); Colorado; Illinois; Iowa; Kansas; Manitoba; Michigan (Upper Peninsula); Minnesota; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Northwest Territories; North Dakota; Nunavut; Ontario (western half); Saskatchewan; South Dakota; Wisconsin; Wyoming.
North America Northeast Salt Lake City, Utah Donald L. Hallstrom (Presidency) 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 Northwest Salt Lake City, Utah Richard J. Maynes (Presidency) Alaska; British Columbia; California (small part of north); Oregon; Washington; Yukon.
North America Southeast Salt Lake City, Utah Ulisses Soares (Presidency) 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 Lynn G. Robbins (Presidency) 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 Richard J. Maynes (Presidency) California; Hawaii; Arizona (small portions)
Pacific Auckland, New Zealand Kevin W. Pearson (1st) O. Vincent Haleck (2nd) S. Gifford Nielsen (1st) 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 Ian S. Ardern (1st) Shayne M. Bowen (1st) Larry J. Echo Hawk (1st) Philippines; Northern Mariana Islands (US)
South America Northwest Bogotá, Colombia Juan A. Uceda (1st) W. Christopher Waddell (1st) C. Scott Grow (1st) Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru; Venezuela
South America South Buenos Aires, Argentina Walter F. González (1st) Jorge F. Zeballos (1st) Francisco J. Viñas (1st) Argentina; Chile; Paraguay; Uruguay
Utah North Salt Lake City, Utah L. Whitney Clayton (Presidency) Utah (northern regions); Idaho (small portion); Wyoming (southwest corner)
Utah
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, Utah L. Whitney Clayton (Presidency) Greater Salt Lake City; Nevada (small portion)
Utah South Salt Lake City, Utah L. Whitney Clayton (Presidency) Utah (south of Greater Salt Lake City); Arizona (small portion); Nevada (small portion)

Area details[edit]

The following statistics are current as of January 1, 2014 (unless otherwise specified) and are taken from the country and area websites on LDS.org and statistical profiles on cumorah.com.

Area Membership Missions Stakes/Districts Congregations
(wards/branches)
Temples
Africa Southeast 164,491 11 30 stakes
23 districts
210 wards
296 branches

Durban South Africa (announced)  • Johannesburg South Africa  • Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo (announced)

Africa West[5] 229,683 13 41 stakes
40 districts
329 wards
386 branches

Aba Nigeria  • Accra Ghana

Asia[6] 158,393 10 356 congregations

Hong Kong China  • Taipei Taiwan

Asia North 220,835 12 433 congregations

Fukuoka Japan  • Sapporo Japan (under construction)  • Seoul Korea  • Tokyo Japan

Brazil 1,250,073 34 1,972 congregations

Campinas Brazil  • Curitiba Brazil  • Fortaleza Brazil (under construction)  • Manaus Brazil  • Porto Alegre Brazil  • Recife Brazil  • São Paulo Brazil

Caribbean[7] 189,736 7 365 congregations

Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

Central America 716,291 17 1,064 congregations

Guatemala City Guatemala  • Panama City Panama  • Quetzaltenango Guatemala  • San José Costa Rica  • San Salvador El Salvador  • Tegucigalpa Honduras

Europe[8] 455,088 29 1,261 congregations

Bern Switzerland  • Copenhagen Denmark  • Frankfurt Germany  • Freiberg Germany  • Helsinki Finland  • Lisbon Portugal (announced)  • London England  • Madrid Spain  • Paris France (under construction)  • Preston England  • Rome Italy (under construction)  • Stockholm Sweden  • The Hague Netherlands

Europe East[9] 44,313 14 209 congregations

Kyiv Ukraine

Idaho 425,739 4 1,102 congregations

Boise Idaho  • Idaho Falls Idaho  • Meridian Idaho (under construction)  • Rexburg Idaho  • Twin Falls Idaho

Mexico[10] 1,344,298 34 1,981 congregations

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

Middle East/Africa North[11] 11,714 0 85 congregations
North America Central 644,186 19 1,504 congregations

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

North America Northeast[12] 407,514 17 839 congregations

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

North America Northwest 494,290 12 1,299 congregations

Anchorage Alaska  • Columbia River Washington  • Medford Oregon  • Portland Oregon  • Seattle Washington  • Spokane Washington  • Vancouver British Columbia

North America Southeast 526,385 18 1,030 congregations

Atlanta Georgia  • Baton Rouge Louisiana  • Birmingham Alabama

 • Columbia South Carolina  • Fort Lauderdale Florida  • Louisville Kentucky  • Memphis Tennessee  • Nashville Tennessee  • Orlando Florida  • Raleigh North Carolina

North America Southwest 1,032,246 21 2,011 congregations

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

North America West 853,671 20 1,493 congregations

Fresno California  • Kona Hawaii  • Laie Hawaii  • Los Angeles California  • Newport Beach California  • Oakland California  • Redlands California  • Sacramento California  • San Diego California

Pacific 499,509 17 1,145 congregations

Adelaide Australia  • Apia Samoa  • Brisbane Australia  • Hamilton New Zealand  • Melbourne Australia  • Nuku'alofa Tonga  • Papeete Tahiti  • Perth Australia  • Suva Fiji  • Sydney Australia

Philippines[13] 688,852 21 1,149 congregations

Cebu City Philippines  • Manila Philippines  • Urdaneta Philippines (announced)

South America Northwest 1,299,577 30 1,874 congregations.

Arequipa Peru (announced)  • Barranquilla Colombia (announced)  • Bogotá Colombia  • Caracas Venezuela  • Cochabamba Bolivia  • Guayaquil Ecuador  • Lima Peru  • Trujillo Peru (under construction)

South America South 1,193,569 26 1,697 congregations.

Asunción Paraguay  • Buenos Aires Argentina  • Concepción Chile (announced)  • Córdoba Argentina (under construction)  • Montevideo Uruguay  • Santiago Chile

Utah North 547,517 1 160 stakes
0 districts
1,289 wards
79 branches

Bountiful Utah  • Brigham City Utah  • Logan Utah  • Ogden Utah  • Star Valley Wyoming (announced)

Utah Salt Lake City 691,756 3 188 stakes
1 district
1,406 wards
139 branches

Draper Utah  • Jordan River Utah  • Oquirrh Mountain Utah  • Salt Lake

Utah South 746,082 2 225 stakes
0 districts
1,906 wards
118 branches

Cedar City Utah (announced)  • Manti Utah  • Mount Timpanogos Utah  • Payson Utah (under construction)  • Provo City Center (under construction)  • Provo Utah  • St. George Utah  • Vernal Utah

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Area Leadership Assignments, 2014" (3 May 2014). Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  4. ^ New Area assignments effective 1 August 2012, "2012 Area Leadership Assignments" (5 May 2012). Last accessed 14 August 2012.
  5. ^ Current as of 7 April 2014.
  6. ^ Current as of mid or late 2013. Information taken from lds.org and cumorah.com.
  7. ^ Current as of mid or late 2013. Information taken from lds.org and cumorah.com.
  8. ^ Current as of mid or late 2013. Information taken from lds.org and cumorah.com.
  9. ^ Current as of mid or late 2013. Information taken from lds.org and cumorah.com.
  10. ^ Current as of mid or late 2013. Information taken from lds.org and cumorah.com.
  11. ^ Current as of mid or late 2013. Information taken from lds.org and cumorah.com.
  12. ^ Current as of mid or late 2013. Information taken from lds.org and cumorah.com.
  13. ^ Current as of mid or late 2013. Information taken from lds.org and cumorah.com.