News Release

Long Awaited Missionaries Arrive in Mechitiw Chuuk

Missionaries in Chuuk share Jesus Christ's gospel

The beautiful Chuuk Lagoon, with its tropical forest and temperate weather, welcomes Elder Hulsey and Elder Hunt, missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Monday, October 31st, these Elders were greeted at the Chuuk Airport by the Namoneas Chuuk District President Gacayan, their Zone Leaders, Elder Tafisi and Elder Kaneko who just arrived ahead of them on the 28th, and Elder and Sister Green who have been living in Chuuk since August 1st, 2022.

Elders Hulsey and Hunt, with bags in hand, will be assigned to the Mechitiw village, on the main island of Weno, where their missionary apartment and church meetinghouse are located.

This is Elder Hunts first assignment. He was so excited to come here that when he walked into his remote apartment with a rainwater catchment system he exclaimed, “This is great! It’s even got air-conditioning making it cool in here!”

Like with all missionaries of the Church, adapting to new assignments and locations are part of a missionary’s life. Two of these Elders have Chuukese under their belt, and the other two will soon. These young men have optimism and energy and do not lack opportunities to talk with the locals in this new, remote area with its unique culture.

Members and non-members alike have missed the missionary presence the last two years they’ve been gone, asking when they will be coming back. There is much excitement among the islanders in anticipation of missionaries arriving again.

Mechitiw has not been holding LDS Church meetings for nearly two years now. With new missionaries living on site, these Elders will make their presence known by meeting with the Mechitiw LDS branch church meetings every Sunday at 10am. All are welcome to attend, and branch members are encouraged to invite their friends.

Mwan branch, where President Tarsi Wainis presides, meets every Sunday. Elders Tafisi and Kaneko will be meeting here as well.

The Branches of Wichap, Sapuk, Romanum, Tonowas, Uman, & Udot look forward to the missionary presence reaching out to them.

The love these missionaries have of their Savior Jesus Christ and their desire to serve him overflows to their dedication in loving and serving these people here in Chuuk, and in sharing Christ’s ‘Good News’ of His gospel.

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