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. These 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.

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.[3] Two of those ten area presidencies will supervise two areas each, and one other will have responsibility for the three Utah areas. Each of these six area presidencies will administer their areas from church headquarters in Salt Lake City.

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 typically uses 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 General Authority Seventies.[4][5] Area assignments are typically announced in the spring each year, with changes effective that year on August 1.[6]

List[edit]

The following is an alphabetical list of the areas of the church and related leadership assignments as of 1 August 2017.[7]

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 Kevin S. Hamilton S. Mark Palmer 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 Terence M. Vinson Marcus B. Nash Larry S. Kacher 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 Randy D. Funk David F. Evans Peter F. Meurs 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 Robert C. Gay Kazuhiko Yamashita Yoon Hwan Choi Japan; Micronesia; North Korea; Palau; South Korea; Guam (US)
Brazil São Paulo, Brazil Marcos A. Aidukaitis W. Mark Bassett Joaquin E. Costa Brazil Official website (Portuguese)
Caribbean Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Walter F. Gonzalez Claudio D. Zivic Jose L. Alonso 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 Adrian Ochoa Jorge F. Zeballos Valeri V. Cordon Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
Europe Frankfurt, Germany Paul V. Johnson Gary B. Sabin Massimo De Feo 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 James B. Martino Christoffel Golden Alexey V. Samaykin (Area Seventy) Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Bulgaria; Estonia; Georgia; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Latvia; Lithuania; Russia; Tajikistan; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; Uzbekistan
Idaho Salt Lake City, Utah Ulisses Soares (Presidency)[8] Idaho; Montana (small portion); Wyoming (small portion)
Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Paul B. Pieper Arnulfo Valenzuela Rafael E. Pino Mexico; Cuba
Middle East/ Africa North Salt Lake City, Utah Wilford W. Andersen,  Anthony D. Perkins[9] 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 Ulisses Soares (Presidency)[8] 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 Gerrit W. Gong (Presidency)[8][10] 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 Patrick Kearon (Presidency) Alaska; British Columbia; California (small part of north); Oregon; Washington; Yukon.
North America Southeast Salt Lake City, Utah Lynn G. Robbins (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 Juan A. Uceda (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 Patrick Kearon (Presidency) California; Hawaii; Arizona (small portions)
Pacific Auckland, New Zealand O. Vincent Haleck Craig A. Cardon Ian S. Ardern 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 Shayne M. Bowen Allen D. Haynie Evan A. Schmutz Philippines; Northern Mariana Islands (US)
South America Northwest Lima, Peru Carlos A. Godoy[8] Enrique R. Falabella Hugo Montoya Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru; Venezuela
South America South Buenos Aires, Argentina Jose A. Teixeira Allan F. Packer Mark A. Bragg Argentina; Chile; Paraguay; Uruguay
Utah North Salt Lake City, Utah Craig C. Christensen (Presidency)[8] Utah (northern regions); Idaho (small portion); Wyoming (southwest corner)
Utah
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, Utah Craig C. Christensen (Presidency)[8] Greater Salt Lake City; Nevada (small portion)
Utah South Salt Lake City, Utah Craig C. Christensen (Presidency)[8] 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, 2015 (unless otherwise specified), with missions as of July 1, 2018 and are taken from the country and area websites on LDS.org and statistical profiles on cumorah.com.

Area Membership Missions

(07/01/2018)

Stakes/Districts Congregations
(wards/branches)
Temples
Africa Southeast 197,226 16 585 congregations

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

Africa West 248,350 17 810 congregations

Aba Nigeria Temple  • Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple (announced)  • Accra Ghana Temple

Asia 164,741 11 368 congregations

Bangkok Thailand (announced)  • Bengaluru India (announced)  • Hong Kong China Temple  • Taipei Taiwan Temple

Asia North 223,508 12 420 congregations

Fukuoka Japan Temple  • Sapporo Japan Temple  • Seoul Korea Temple  • Tokyo Japan Temple

Brazil 1,289,376 35 1,996 congregations

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

Caribbean 194,221 8 367 congregations

Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple  • Port-au-Prince Haiti (under construction)

Central America 729,791 18 1,071 congregations

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

Europe[11] 455,088 26 1,261 congregations

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

Europe East[11] 44,313 10 209 congregations

Kyiv Ukraine Temple  • Russia (announced)

Idaho 425,739 4 1,102 congregations

Boise Idaho Temple  • Idaho Falls Idaho Temple  • Meridian Idaho Temple  • Pocatello Idaho (announced) Rexburg Idaho Temple  • Twin Falls Idaho Temple

Mexico[11] 1,344,298 32 1,981 congregations

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  • Tampico Mexico Temple  • Tijuana Mexico  • Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico Temple  • Veracruz Mexico Temple  • Villahermosa Mexico Temple

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

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

North America Northeast[11] 407,514 22 839 congregations

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 Northwest 494,290 12 1,299 congregations

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 17 1,030 congregations

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

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 853,671 19 1,493 congregations

Fresno California Temple  • Kona Hawaii Temple  • Laie 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 16 1,145 congregations

Adelaide Australia Temple  • Apia Samoa  • 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[11] 688,852 22 1,149 congregations

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

South America Northwest 1,299,577 32 1,874 congregations.

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

South America South 1,193,569 28 1,697 congregations.

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

Utah North 547,517 2 160 stakes
0 districts
1,289 wards
79 branches

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

Utah Salt Lake City 691,756 5 188 stakes
1 district
1,406 wards
139 branches

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

Utah South 746,082 3 225 stakes
0 districts
1,906 wards
118 branches

Cedar City Utah Temple  • Manti Utah Temple  • Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple  • Payson Utah Temple  • Provo City Center Temple  • Provo Utah Temple  • Saratoga Springs Utah (announced) St. George Utah Temple  • Vernal Utah Temple

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. ^ First Presidency Announces 2018 Area Leadership Assignments, Mormon Newsroom, 5 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  4. ^ In late 2015, the church began referring to these leaders as General Authority Seventies, rather than distinguishing between the First or Second Quorum of the Seventy.
  5. ^ Although area seventies may serve in an area presidency, including filling the whole presidency in some cases in the past, in recent years, only a few area seventies have served in an area presidency. The church currently has one area seventy serving in the presidency of the Asia Area. Use of an area seventy in the area presidency has primarily included filling a vacancy due to such things as illness or other "mid-year" assignment changes.
  6. ^ For several years, the assignments were effective on August 15, but August 1 has been the effective date since 2007.
  7. ^ Area Leadership Assignments 2017, Ensign, August 2017, pp. 14-15. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Morgenegg, Ryan (12 November 2015). "Changes announced for Area Presidencies". Church News. 
  9. ^ Though not cited in the source above (the August 2017 Ensign), the Church News article about 2017 Area Leadership referred to Andersen as President, and to Perkins as the First Counselor in this area.
  10. ^ This assignment is shown as announced on 12 November 2015, although Donald L. Hallstrom continues to have responsibility for the North America Northeast Area until 4 January 2016, when Gerrit W. Gong's assignment in Asia is completed and he fully transitions to his role in the Presidency of the Seventy.
  11. ^ a b c d e f Current as of mid or late 2013. Information taken from lds.org and cumorah.com.