By RODNEY D. BOAM
Preston and parts of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Ogden Utah Mission north to Star Valley, Wyo., have been moved into the Idaho Pocatello Mission effective July 1. According to Idaho Pocatello Mission President Marvin T. Brinkerhoff. The new mission boundaries will follow the state border until Bear Lake County.
Bear Lake County and part of Rich County, Utah, around Bear Lake become a part of the Pocatello mission as well.
Brinkerhoff said he is very excited to have southeastern Idaho in the mission. “It’s a positive thing,” he said.
The Pocatello Mission will only lose two stakes to the new Twin Falls Mission and gain 11 stakes in mission boundary realignment. There will be a total of 77 stakes in the “new” mission.
“The number of missionaries will also grow,” Brinkerhoff said. “We will have 215 missionaries soon,” Brinkerhoff said. “Eventually we will have up to 250 missionaries.”
Brinkerhoff, who came to Idaho from Portland, Ore., said after the change takes place he will start evaluating housing needs for the growth. He also said he was really excited to have three temples in the mission, with the one being built in Star Valley. The Idaho Falls and Rexburg temples are also within the mission boundaries.
For the missionaries, the boundary change doesn’t matter, the former stake president said.
“It’s just the fact we can link up with all the people in southeast Idaho and connect to them. It helps us feel like we are serving the whole state of Idaho.”
Some of the elders serving in Franklin County said they didn’t feel like the change would have any negative effects on the work they are doing.
Elder Connor Walz, from Mesa, Az. and one of the missionaries serving in Franklin County, said he understood there will be more new sisters than elders coming to the mission.
“I honestly don’t care which mission I’m in, just as long as I get to serve,” he said.
Elder Stephen Sutherland from Palm Coast, Fla., said he was pretty excited for the change. “This is a great opportunity to expand the work and be more focused on working with less active and recent converts.”
Elder Matthew Long, Ewa Beach, Hi., said the large numbers of new missionaries will be a great opportunity to serve at a younger age.
“It’s a great opportunity for both missions to help the work progress,” he said.
“At the heart of the changes, we are all excited about it,” said Brinkerhoff.
The president of the Ogden mission is Maurice Dowling Hiers. He said early on he was expecting a change in his boundaries.
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