Sunday, February 20, 2011

Canada Toronto East and West Missions to consolidate

We have received several e-mails from Ron and Nancy Lindsey (a missionary couple from Cottonwood Heights serving in the Canada Toronto East Mission) who are helping find an apartment for us in Toronto. We will be assigned to the Christie Ward (a Spanish/Portuguese ward) in the western part of Toronto. The Lindseys are working with the Toronto Ward which meets in the same building. The last e-mail included a hint about combining two missions. We found the following on the internet:

"Missionaries report that the the two LDS missions in Toronto will consolidate into the Canada Toronto Mission this summer.  The decision to consolidate the two missions is likely due to low receptivity of the Church in eastern Canada for many years; slow to stagnant membership and congregational growth; limited numbers of full-time missionaries and expanding opportunities in more receptive nations; and the large missionary force operating in Canada today (eight missions serving 34 million as of early 2011).  Once combined, the Canada Toronto Mission will likely service most of Ontario's 13 million inhabitants and include eight stakes and one district; a much smaller number of stakes and districts than included in most North American missions. 

While on the topic of Toronto, full-time missionaries report that Farsi-speaking full-time missionaries have been called to work among the large Iranian population in eastern Toronto. "

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