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Friday, April 26, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: First Presidency Announces 2019 Area Leadership Assignments; Consolidation of North American Areas

Hello again, everyone! The Church News just reported that the First Presidency has announced  area leadership assignments for 2019, which will be effective August 1 of this year. The major changes this year are that the Idaho and North America Central Area will be merged to become a single North America Central Area, that the North America Northwest and North America West Areas will be merged to become the North America West Area, and the Utah North, Utah Salt Lake City, and Utah South Areas areas will become a singular Utah Area.

With that noted, I wanted to note that, since the area seventies serving in Idaho have belonged to the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy, while those serving in the North America Central Area have been assigned to the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy. Since those areas will be merged, I am not sure how the composition of those two  Area Seventies Quorums may have changed based on these adjustments. At the moment, the area seventies page on the Church's official website only lists the areas which comprised the membership of each Quorum as of earlier this year. 

For some reason, the list of the members of each Qoorum has been removed. I am asssuming that is just temporary while the list is updated following the changes which were announced earlier this month in General Conference. Having noted that, I wanted to also mention that I am in the process of analyzing the newly-announced assignments and will have that posted later today. 

That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time. Thank you for the privilege of your time. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. Until my next post, I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.

Dates and Days of the Week on Which the Church Has Announced Area Leadership Assignments Within the Last Decade

Hello again, everyone! While I cannot speak for anyone else here, I know I personally look forward every year to the day on which the Church announces the changes in area leadership which will be effective in August. As I have mentioned on this blog in the recent past, the timing of the announcement each year has varied and is not consistent at all in terms of on which day of the week and date they are released each year.

The release of those assignments last year the Thursday after General Conference (which coincided with the date on which Elders Gerrit W. Gong and Ulisses Soares were ordained apostles and set apart as members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles) marked the earliest that had ever happened within the last decade. With that in mind, I did some digging on the days of the week and dates on which those assignments were announced between 2009 and last year.

While some years were unpredictably early or else unpredictably late, excluding the unanticipated early release of that information last year, in 8 of the 9 remaining instances, those assignments were announced between April 29 and May 8. With that in mind, I'd anticipate that this year's assignments will be announced within the next week or two, and hopefully sooner rather than later.

Having noted that, I wanted to share the specific results of the research which led me to that conclusion. Here is that information:

Dates and Days of the Week on Which the Church Has Announced Area Leadership Assignments Within the Last Decade

Thursday April 5, 2018
Thursday May 4, 2017
Friday April 29, 2016
Friday May 8, 2015
Tuesday April 29, 2014
Wednesday May 29, 2013
Saturday May 5, 2012
Wednesday May 4, 2011
Wednesday May 5, 2010
Saturday May 2, 2009

Based on what I have heard from one or two of the sources I have available, it surely won't be long now until this year's area leadership assignments, including at least 3 area consolidations but also perhaps several additional changes, are announced. And I will carry extensive analysis on that subject ASAP after it is released by the First Presidency.
I also continue to keep my eyes open for any other major Church or temple news and will pass those updates along to you all as I learn of them. As I have also mentioned, I will be publishing my next full and complete apostolic statistical update this Sunday. And I will also be passing along my analysis of the results of my General Conference predictions and the availability and layout of the May 2019 Ensign within the next 7-10 days or so, but certainly sooner if all goes well.

In the meantime, that does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time, as long as such comments are made in accordance with the established guidelines. Thank you for the privilege of your time. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. Until my next post, I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.