The stone cut out of the mountain. LDS Church leaders have just announced the creation of the new Central Eurasian Mission, set to open on July 1, 2015. Personally, I think it should be named the Silk Road Mission.

The mission is the result of a split in the current Bulgaria Sofia Mission, comprising Bulgaria and Turkey and contains 13 branches, four of them in Turkey, and the Russia Novosibirsk Mission, which currently includes two branches in Kazakhstan.

Turkey and Kazakhstan will be broken off from their respective missions to form the new one, but the bigger news is the inclusion of four other countries in the new mission: Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan – all of them former members of the Soviet Union. Previously, these three countries had been administered by the Europe East Area but were not part of any mission.

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