Former district president in Iraq reflects on unique calling

Alone in a closet-sized room in Iraq, U.S. Army Col. Guy Hollingsworth dropped to his knees and cried.

In a conversation via Skype with Elder Paul B. Pieper and Elder Bruce D. Porter of the first Quorum of the Seventy, he had been called to be the district president of what would become the Baghdad Iraq Military District.

"I just dropped to my knees and started crying for a couple of reasons," Hollingsworth said. "I felt completely inadequate. I was already working 20 hours a day, and I just didn't know how I would find the time to take care of 1,300 members of the church.

"I also cried because they said that Elder Pieper was coming into the country, and we needed to find a way to get him on the base. I just thought, 'How am I going to have any influence on this?'"

In that moment, Hollingsworth said he felt like Nephi with a broken bow and no knowledge of where to hunt.

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