Members in Chuuk open arms to Elder Christofferson

During a May tour of Asia and the Pacific, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve dedicated the newly completed Namoneas Chuuk District Center in the Federated States of Micronesia on Wednesday, May 12.

Elder Christofferson is believed to be the first apostle to visit the Pacific island of Chuuk, formerly known as Truk. He was accompanied by his wife, Sister Katherine Christofferson, Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Seventy and Asia North Area president, with his wife, Sister Lesa Jean Stevenson; and Micronesia Guam Mission President Michael Dowdle and his wife, Sister Gayla Dowdle.

The state of Chuuk includes a large number of islands covering about 100,000 square miles in the Western Pacific. There are about 1,200 members in nine Church units there.

As Elder and Sister Christofferson were gathering their luggage at the airport in Chuuk, they heard the sound of "lovely" singing. As they stepped outside, they were greeted by local members singing "We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet." Both were visibly touched. Before leaving the airport, they took time to shake hands with all the members, many having walked miles to see Elder Christofferson.

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