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New Leaders Announced to Serve Latter-day Saints in Luganville District

New local leaders of the Luganville District of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were announced last Sunday at a district conference.

Those to serve in the new district presidency are Rene Moli Tarohati as president and Thomas Toa and Adam Rosflender as his counsellors.

The leadership changes were announced by Vanuatu Port Vila Mission President Paul W. Granger who was accompanied at the conference by Elder Benjamin Sinjoux, Area Seventy from Tahiti. President Granger’s wife, Sister Gayle A. Granger, who assists him in directing the missionary efforts of the Church in Vanuatu, was also in attendance.

The new leaders were warmly welcomed by over 700 Church members and guests who gathered at the conference to be spiritually uplifted and taught by Church leaders.

When speaking to the congregation President and Sister Granger encouraged members to assist full time missionaries in “the great work to save souls.”

“Do not be afraid to share the gospel,” said Sister Granger. “Share the gospel with friends, loved ones and family members.”

“Success is in the invitation to invite others to come unto Christ,” said President Granger. Church membership in Vanuatu is approaching 8,000 and growing steadily.

Elder Sinjoux shared his love for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ with the power of the Holy Ghost as the conveyor of its truthfulness.

He also spoke of us being with our Heavenly Father before we were born and of His great plan of happiness for life and eternity.

“Heavenly Father knows each and every one of you. He wants you to be happy. He wants you to know and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Our ultimate happiness is to spend eternity with our loved ones,” he said. “What can be more important than to live forever and ever with joy and happiness?”

Prior to the announcement of a new district presidency, Ian Mahit was released from his calling as district president after nine years of service and honoured by a vote of thanks from by the appreciative members.

He addressed the conference attendees, expressed his love for them, and thanked everyone for sharing in the sacrifices and loving service during his presidency.

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