President Mecham took this shot of our group for April, with our 3 newest Elders! Unfortuneately, Sister Mecham wasn't feeling well and needed to stay behind this time.Top back left: Elders Garae, Payne, Ladore, Simpson, Schroath, Telona, Selander, McEwan, Tefuna, Holmes. Next row, left: Sister Crisp, Elders Crisp, Mackie, Jonas, Fabiano, Obray, Plocher, Vanisi, Kleven, Fermanis, President Mecham. Lower: Elders Peck, Vehikite, Hunter, Rainey, Roque, Canakiavata.
This is the newest member of Sapuk Branch with his parents and brother. This is another of President Ande's sons. P. Ande has 2 daughters currently serving missions: MGM and Phillippines.
Below, is Elder Hurst (back row, tallest) and Sister Hurst (front row, 2nd from left) along with several District members who came and participated.
Elder Jonas led our opening song: Battle Hymn of the Republic. It is so moving to sing with all these men, and enjoy their good voices and harmony! I appreciate it more, as I love to sing, without being able to carry a tune...
From left, we have Elders Fermanis, Garae (Neauo), Holmes, Vanisi (Uman), Canakiavata, Vehikite (Mechitiw), Hunter, Rainey (Sapuk), Schroath, Telona (Udot), (sorry, the windows in the background don't help make good pictures!) and Mackie + Jonas (Romanum).
Our meeting was great! President Mecham and our Z.l.'s always have the right message for Chuuk Zone.
President Mecham spoke of the 82 references of "Remember" and 19 of "Remembrance" in the Book of Mormon. We are constantly reminded to remember as Humans tend to "drift". He gave the example of Moses being gone on the Mount for 40 days, comes back and the people already have an idol! He spoke of the great power in obedience. There was mention of D&C 104 where it speaks of a multiplicity of blessings for obedience, not just one for one. Will we obey the mission rules (he went over quite a few) and "Go and Do" , not moan and question??!
Both the Zone Leaders and President Mecham spoke of desire and putting off the natural man. If you Believe it, you can Achieve it! You must believe, desire and then act! They also mentioned that doubt and fear are opposed to Faith!
These messages hit home and it helps keep things in focus so the work can continue here in the MGM!