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.


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.


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]


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
Geographic coverage
(Areas where the LDS Church has no official presence in italics)
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; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Republic of Ireland; Italy; Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Republic of Macedonia; Malta; Moldova; Monaco; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; San Marino; 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; Cyprus; Estonia; Georgia; Kazakhstan; Latvia; Lithuania; Montenegro; Russia; Serbia; 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)
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 and statistical profiles on

Area Membership Missions Stakes/Districts Congregations
Africa Southeast 164,491 11 30 stakes
23 districts
210 wards
296 branches
1; 2 announced: Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple; Durban South Africa Temple Johannesburg South Africa Temple
Africa West[5] 229,683 13 41 stakes
40 districts
329 wards
386 branches
2 Aba Nigeria Temple
Accra Ghana Temple
Asia[6] 158,393 10 356 congregations 2 Hong Kong China Temple
Taipei Taiwan Temple
Asia North 220,835 12 433 congregations 3; 1 under constriction: Sapporo Japan Temple Fukuoka Japan Temple
Seoul Korea Temple
Tokyo Japan Temple
Brazil 1,250,073 34 1,972 congregations 7; 1 under construction: Fortaleza Brazil Temple; 1 announced: Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple; Campinas Brazil Temple
Curitiba Brazil Temple
Porto Alegre Brazil Temple
Recife Brazil Temple
São Paulo Brazil Temple
Manaus Brazil Temple
Caribbean[7] 189,736 7 365 congregations 1 Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple
Central America 716,291 17 1,064 congregations 6 Guatemala City Guatemala Temple
Panamá City Panamá Temple
Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple
San José Costa Rica Temple
San Salvador El Salvador Temple
Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple
Europe[8] 455,088 29 1,261 congregations 10; 2 under construction: Paris France Temple; Rome Italy Temple. 1 announced: Lisbon Portugal Temple Bern Switzerland Temple
Copenhagen Denmark Temple
Frankfurt Germany Temple
Freiberg Germany Temple
Helsinki Finland Temple
London England Temple
Madrid Spain Temple
Preston England Temple
Stockholm Sweden Temple
The Hague Netherlands Temple
Europe East[9] 44,313 14 209 congregations 1 Kyiv Ukraine Temple
Idaho 425,739 4 1,102 congregations 4; 1 announced: Meridian Idaho Temple Boise Idaho Temple
Idaho Falls Idaho Temple
Rexburg Idaho Temple
Twin Falls Idaho Temple
Mexico[10] 1,344,298 34 1,981 congregations 12; 1 announced: Tijuana Mexico Temple Ciudad Juárez México Temple
Colonia Juárez Chihuahua México Temple
Guadalajara México Temple
Hermosillo Sonora México Temple
Monterrey México Temple
Mérida México Temple
México City México Temple
Oaxaca México Temple
Tampico México Temple
Tuxtla Gutiérrez México Temple
Veracruz México Temple
Villahermosa México Temple
Middle East/Africa North[11] 11,714 0 85 congregations 0
North America Central 644,186 19 1,504 congregations 13; 2 announced: Fort Collins Colorado Temple; Winnipeg Manitoba Temple Billings Montana Temple
Bismarck North Dakota Temple
Calgary Alberta Temple
Cardston Alberta Temple
Chicago Illinois Temple
Denver Colorado Temple
Edmonton Alberta Temple
Kansas City Missouri Temple
Nauvoo Illinois Temple
Regina Saskatchewan Temple
St. Louis Missouri Temple
St. Paul Minnesota Temple
Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple
North America Northeast[12] 407,514 17 839 congregations 9; 3 under construction: Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple; Indianapolis Indiana Temple; Hartford Connecticut Temple Boston Massachusetts Temple
Columbus Ohio Temple
Detroit Michigan Temple
Halifax Nova Scotia Temple
Manhattan New York Temple
Montréal Québec Temple
Palmyra New York Temple
Toronto Ontario Temple
Washington D.C. Temple
North America Northwest 494,290 12 1,299 congregations 7 Anchorage Alaska Temple
Columbia River Washington Temple
Medford Oregon Temple
Portland Oregon Temple
Seattle Washington Temple
Spokane Washington Temple
Vancouver British Columbia Temple
North America Southeast 526,385 18 1,030 congregations 10 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 2,011 congregations 13; 1 under construction: Phoenix Arizona Temple; 1 announced: Tucson Arizona Temple Albuquerque New Mexico Temple
Dallas Texas Temple
The Gila Valley Arizona Temple
Gilbert Arizona Temple
Houston Texas Temple
Las Vegas Nevada Temple
Lubbock Texas Temple
Mesa Arizona Temple
Monticello Utah Temple
Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
Reno Nevada Temple
San Antonio Texas Temple
Snowflake Arizona Temple
North America West 853,671 20 1,493 congregations 9 Fresno California Temple
Laie Hawaii Temple
Kona Hawaii Temple
Los Angeles California Temple
Newport Beach California Temple
Oakland California Temple
Redlands California Temple
Sacramento California Temple
San Diego California Temple
Pacific 499,509 17 1,145 congregations 10 Adelaide Australia Temple
Apia Samoa Temple
Brisbane Australia Temple
Hamilton New Zealand Temple
Melbourne Australia Temple
Nuku alofa Tonga Temple
Papeete Tahiti Temple
Perth Australia Temple
Suva Fiji Temple
Sydney Australia Temple
Philippines[13] 688,852 21 1,149 congregations 2; 1 announced: Urdaneta Philippines Temple Manila Philippines Temple
Cebu Philippines Temple
South America Northwest 1,299,577 30 1,874 congregations. 5 temples; 1 under construction: Trujillo Peru Temple; 2 announced: Barranquilla Colombia Temple; Arequipa Peru Temple Bogotá Colombia Temple
Caracas Venezuela Temple
Cochabamba Bolivia Temple
Guayaquil Ecuador Temple
Lima Peru Temple
South America South 1,193,569 26 1,697 congregations. 4; 1 under construction: Cordoba Argentina Temple; 1 announced: Concepcion Chile Temple Asunción Paraguay Temple
Buenos Aires Argentina Temple
Montevideo Uruguay Temple
Santiago Chile Temple
Utah North 547,517 1 160 stakes
0 districts
1,289 wards
79 branches
4; 1 announced: Star Valley Wyoming Temple Bountiful Utah Temple
Brigham City Utah Temple
Logan Utah Temple
Ogden Utah Temple
Utah Salt Lake City 691,756 3 188 stakes
1 district
1,406 wards
139 branches
4 Draper Utah Temple
Jordan River Utah Temple
Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple
Salt Lake Temple
Utah South 746,082 2 225 stakes
0 districts
1,906 wards
118 branches
5; 2 under construction: Payson Utah Temple; Provo City Center Temple; 1 announced: Cedar City Utah Temple Manti Utah Temple
Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple
Provo Utah Temple
St. George Utah Temple
Vernal Utah Temple

See also[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 and
  7. ^ Current as of mid or late 2013. Information taken from and
  8. ^ Current as of mid or late 2013. Information taken from and
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