Frank Clawson, the Church's Director of Military Relations, said the creation of the Baghdad Iraq Military District will allow for the exercise of priesthood keys on a local level that was not previously possible. "The big difference is without a district we can only have service-member groups," Brother Clawson said. "A group leader can hold worship services and provide the sacrament to members, but he does not have priesthood keys. With keys present, it is possible to meet the full range of spiritual needs of our servicemen and women."
Elder Paul B. Pieper of the Seventy visited Baghdad on Nov. 8-9 to hold meetings with members and friends of the Church and to organize the Baghdad Iraq Military District presidency. Col. Guy M. Hollingsworth was called and set apart as the district president, with James D. Phipps and Lt. Col. Greg T. Adams as the first and second counselors, respectively.