On Saturday, the Church announced the merger of two missions, the Russia Vladivostok Mission and the Russia Novosibirsk Mission, that will take effect July 1. According to a statement from the Church, the Europe East Area Presidency will supervise the merger, which will result in result in fewer volunteers to staff the combined mission.
The LDS Church’s First Presidency has announced a merger of two of its seven missions in Russia, with the Russia Vladivostok Mission folding into the Russia Novosibirsk Mission.
According to Saturday’s church statement, the change will be effective July 1 — a date common for much of the expansion and contraction of missions and their boundaries by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The merging missions are the church’s two eastern-most missions in Russia — Novosibirsk in south-central Russia and Vladivostok in the country’s southeastern corner bordering North Korea and the People’s Republic of China.
The other five LDS missions in Russia are based in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara, Rostov-na-Donu and Yekaterinburg.