Sunday, January 15, 2017

Here We Grow Again! New Branch in Ho Chi Minh City

“A marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.”  D&C 4:1

As the message of Jesus Christ and the restoration of His church spreads across this country, people’s hearts are touched – one of a family, two of a village – here and there, little by little.  We were blessed today to be in attendance at church as the third branch in Hồ Chí Minh City was created – the District 6 Branch. 

Hồ Chí Minh City had two branches of the Church.  The one we attend, the Ton Son Nhut branch, was formed only about 2 1/2 years ago with only a handful of members. Now it is full to capacity in our little building, necessitating the need to split and form an additional branch. 

The new District 6 Branch begins again with only a handful of members - with about 15 active members.  But the enthusiasm is there and the members are excited to have their own place to worship closer to where they live. The District 6 Branch takes in the western part of Hồ Chí Minh City. 

Below is the new District 6 Branch Presidency.  The Branch President is the second from the right. They are men prepared by the Lord for this great moment. The Branch President was serving as a counselor in the Ton Son Nhut Branch Presidency prior to his new calling.

Below is the newly formed Ton Son Nhut Branch Presidency.  The Branch President is the second from the left.  He has been serving as Branch President since the branch was formed about 2 1/2 years ago. His former counselor and clerk are now part of the new District 6 Branch; thus the need to reorganize with new leaders to continue moving the work forward. They are men who love the Lord and are committed to His service.

Below are the two new branch presidencies with their families.  

Having a new branch brings the church closer to those living in the western part of the city.  This gives a wonderful opportunity for those who are less active to find the church and be able to attend more easily.  This also gives people greater opportunities to grow in their new callings as the branch expands and develops. No wonder everyone is so excited!

This has been an historic day for all of us.  Vietnam now has four branches of the Church - one in Hà Nội  and three in Hồ Chí Minh City, with small groups of members in various locations throughout the country. We are small, but watch us grow!

January 22, 2017 -Sunday - the District 6 Branch meets for the very first time.

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