News Release

Priesthood Leadership Training for the Islands of Micronesia

Priesthood leaders and their wives gather in Guam for in depth training.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recently gathered priesthood leaders from the distant outer islands and local leaders to the Micronesia Guam Service Center for four days of training.  In-person priesthood training has been curtailed in the last few years for various reasons.                                                                                                                         

Because the Church is staffed by volunteers, the need for ongoing training and encouragement is considered to be of great importance and value. The specific fields discussed were Self Reliance, Humanitarian Efforts, Facilities Management, Seminaries and Institutes, and even college opportunities for students of Oceania through the BYU Pathways program.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

One of the main reason for the gathering was to instruct local leaders properly to lead their local congregations when they returned home. A significant amount of their training was spent on these topics. Those gathered to offer this training were Elder John A. McCune from the Asia North Area Presidency, Elder William H.K. Davis area authority Seventy, Micronesia Guam Mission President Masaru Okuda, and Garth Reed, Director of Temporal Affairs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

An important part of their visit to Guam was the opportunity to attend the Yigo temple for several sessions.  This was a highlight to their week of training.

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