Monday, September 17, 2012
Mechitiw Branch "tearing it up"
The Mechitiw area has not had a Branch President for a while because the past president was a missionary, Elder Robertson, and he served honorably for 11 months but it was time to return home to Happy Valley, Utah. The Elders now serving in the Mechitiw Branch are Elder Jones and Obray. They have been working hard with the inactive list and have made a lot of friends.Last month we had a youth conference here on the island and the elders made sure they got the word out to a lot of the youth. Because of the relationships they have built many of the youth attended this conference. The spirit was in attendance and touched this young group of kids, bearing witness to them. The following week the kids prayed that their branch would get worthy priesthood and become strong once again. Ordinary men are given the authority of the priesthood. Worthiness and willingness—not experience, expertise, or education—are the qualifications for priesthood ordination. The power of the priesthood is God’s power operating through men and boys and requires personal righteousness, faithfulness, obedience, and diligence.Great news! They now have a branch president again, President Weita and he has counselors, they also have filled the auxiliary callings. With the help and strong testimonies of the missionaries they have 4 young men preparing to go on a mission, 2 have already got their papers submitted. They have had 3 baptisms in the past 6 weeks and have 5 more scheduled for this coming weekend. We have been teaching temple prep classes there and are excited for the wonderful blessings this branch is getting. As you can tell a lot of work has been happening in this area.