Military district formed in Iraq

The Baghdad Iraq Military District was recently created to provide increased spiritual support for the needs of approximately 1,300 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in Iraq. After six years of meeting as military groups the Mormon Church now has a palpable presence and priesthood structure in place to serve those in the armed forces and working in other capacities throughout the country.

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.

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