Saturday, September 29, 2012

President and Sister Brewer visit Gizo

After hearing about our June visit to Gizo, our new mission president thought it would be wise to evaluate the progress of the church there.  

As always the flight over the Solomons was beautiful

The ferry boat from the airport to Gizo was much smaller this time

We checked into the Gizo Hotel and ate a nice dinner at the restaurant.  Saturday morning we walked through the town and toured the new hospital.  It is by far the nicest in the Solomons.  President Brewer spent the afternoon interviewing the priesthood brethren.

Pres. Brewer & Toisman Bwerei


Pres. Brewer, David Teeta, Sister Brewer

Pres. Brewer & Teisi Toma
and the house where church is held

After President Brewer's interviews, he determined that the Church will need to grow and strengthen before missionaries can be sent or a unit can be organized in Gizo.

We had a great trip and are happy that the Brewers were able to experience Gizo and visit with the good people there.
Newspaper article printed in Solomon Star:
Mission President Visits Gizo
President and Sister Brewer
Last week the newly called Vanuatu/New Caledonia/Solomon Island Mission President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited Gizo, Western Provence.  President Larry E. Brewer and his wife Maryanne have been serving since July 1, 2012.  This visit marks the first time a mission president of the Church has ever visited Gizo. 
President and Sister Brewer are from the United States and will serve for 3 years.  Headquarters for the mission are in Port Vila, Vanuatu.  During his three day visit to Gizo, President Brewer toured the Island and met with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  His purpose in visiting Gizo was to become familiar with the Island, the citizens and the members of the Church.  He interviewed Priesthood holders and instructed them in their responsibilities.  As he concluded his visit, President Brewer stated that though the membership of the Church is small in Gizo, he sees a bright future for the Church there.  He was very impressed and found the people of Gizo to be happy, kind and welcoming.  He believes there is a bright future for the Church in the Western Provence.  He foresees the time when the Church will be organized fully in Gizo and that it will grow and mature in the years to come.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has congregations and members throughout the world.  It is one of the fastest growing Christian religions on the earth.  There are nearly 15 million baptized members of the Church Worldwide.   The Port Vila Mission is one of 340 missions in the world.  Over fifty thousand young men and women 19-26 years old are currently serving 2 year missions for the Church.  An additional five thousand Senior Couples are serving one to two year missions throughout the world at their own expense. 
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in God the Eternal Father, his son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.  All faithful members strive to live the principles of the gospel as taught by the Savior while he lived upon the earth.   

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