Philippines Manila Mission

From humble beginnings of two missionaries who were American LDS servicemen during the Spanish-American War in 1898 and many more servicemen who held Church meetings during World War II and the Korean War, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) transferred four missionaries from the Southern Far East Mission to the Philippines in 1961.

With a great flood of conversions, the Church created its first Philippines mission in 1967. It was then divided in 1974. A Missionary Training Center (MTC) opened in 1983 and Manila became headquarters for the Philippines-Micronesia Area of the Church in 1987.

By 1999, 13 new missions had been established and the Church membership grew to almost 450,000, creating 68 stakes and districts with over 1,000 wards and branches (congregations).

In May 2012, significant Church growth demanded the expansion of the Missionary Training Center (MTC) so more missionaries could be accommodated for training. At the beginning of 2013, there were 17 missions with a membership of over 678,000. In July 2013, the Philippines Area had a total of 21 missions.

In October 2012 the Church announced the lowering of age for missionary service to 18 for young men and 19 for young women. In order to accommodate the increase of new missionaries due to these new age requirements, four new missions were created from six of the existing 17 missions in the Philippines. They are named Legaspi, Cavite, Cebu East and Urdaneta Missions. The six missions affected include Naga, Manila, Cebu, Baguio, Laoag and Olongapo.

These changes took effect July 1, 2013. It was anticipated that by year end (2013), each mission, new and existing, will have between 150 and 175 missionaries increasing the current missionary force of 3,052 to 3,500.

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Address

PO Box 1997
Makati Central PO, Makati City
1200 Metro Manila
Philippines

Mission President

Creg Donald Ostler

Region

Asia

Church Statistics

Philippines

Members: 710764
Congregations: 0
Missions: 21
Family History Centers: 171

Languages

English, Filipino, Tagalog

Population

94.85 million