MOEN, CHUUK, Micronesia — A group of Latter-day Saints from the island of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia, including Mechitiw Branch President Simion Anap and his family, made their first trip to the temple recently. They traveled together from their tiny island to the Manila Philippines Temple on Sept. 21.
The group spent four days doing temple work for themselves, as well as their ancestors. They were very grateful to receive their temple blessings and felt it worth all their sacrifices to be able to go. President Anap said, "I may someday be able to buy another little boat, but I will probably never have the chance to go to the temple again."
The Anaps were reunited with daughter Tersy, who had just finished serving in the Philippines Manila Mission. Also joining the Anaps were another family and three sisters from the Mwan and Mechitiw Branches. They were accompanied by senior missionary couple Elder Gordon Stewart and Sister Jerry Stewart.
The Namoneas Chuuk District is part of the Micronesia-Guam Mission and is located approximately 600 miles southeast of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. The first missionaries started teaching there in the late 1970s and branches were established in the 1980s. There are nearly 1,300 members of the Church on Chuuk, which has a population of 60,000 people.
The Church organization now consists of one district and four branches on the main island, and five branches scattered throughout other islands within the Chuuk Lagoon. Sixteen missionaries along with a missionary couple now serve in this area.
One of the most significant battles of the Pacific Theater was fought at Chuuk during World War II.