January 6, 2015

Micronesia Guam Mission

Free resources about the Micronesia Guam Mission:

Micronesia Guam Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Micronesia Guam Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

Micronesia Guam Mission
620 West Route 8
Barrigada, GU 96913

Phone Number: 1-671-735-0081
Mission President: President John S. Zarbock

Micronesia Guam Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Micronesia Guam Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Guam Mission:

  1. Log into your LDS account here.
  2. Click here.

Videos with Micronesia Guam RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Micronesia Guam Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.

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LDS-Friendly Videos about Micronesia

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Micronesia. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Micronesia, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

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Micronesia Guam Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Micronesia Guam Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

Sister Stevens sisterstevens.wordpress.com 2017
Sister Madi Russell madiinmicronesia.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Springer whitinguam.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Austin Rupp elderaustinrupp.com 2017
Sister Bryn Bowers sisterbrynbowersmicronesiaguam.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Steve Monson runfree-stevem.blogspot.com 2017
Elder & Sister Hamilton boyddianehamilton.blogspot.com 2016
Elder & Sister Hardy hardysblogspot.wordpress.com 2016
Elder & Sister Hedgpeth hedgpethadventures.blogspot.com 2016
Elder & Sister Williams williamsgotoguam.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Travis Hanson eldertravishanson.blogspot.com 2016
Missionary Couple micronesiamiracles.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Kelly Stevens sisterstevens.wordpress.com 2016
Elder Jeffery Payne elderjeffpayne.blogspot.com 2015
Elder & Sister Martin micronesianmission.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Jameson Hunter elderhunteringuam.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Sean McEwan ourpacificislandmissionary.blogspot.com 2015
Elder & Sister Carter missionarycarters.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Sean Madill missionsite.net/elderseanmadill 2014
Elder Alex Fabiano missionsite.net/elderalexfabiano 2014
Elder Eric Hadder erichaddermicronesiaguam.blogspot.com 2014
Elder & Sister LeFevre alanmelanielefevre.blogspot.com 2014
Elder & Sister Crisp micronesiamissionadventures.blogspot.com 2014
Elder & Sister Tiffany elderandsistertiffany.blogspot.com 2014
Mission Alumni mission.net/micronesia/guam 2014
Elder & Sister Johnsen johnsenmission.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Carter Peck missionsite.net/eldercarterpeck 2013
Elder Drake Henrie missionsite.net/elderhenrie 2012
Elder Riley Johnson elderrileyjohnson.wordpress.com 2012
Elder Kevin South kevinsouthmicronesiaguam.blogspot.com 2011
President & Sister Mecham micronesiaguammission.blogspot.com 2011

Micronesia Guam Mission Groups

Here are Micronesia Guam Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the mission.

  1. Micronesia Guam Mission Facebook Group (447 members)
  2. Micronesia Guam Mission (Zarbock) Group (203 members)
  3. Micronesia Guam Mission Facebook Group (105 members)
  4. Micronesia Guam Mission (Return Missionaries) Group (78 members)
  5. Micronesia Guam Mission Facebook Group (77 members)
  6. Pilipino RMs Micronesia Guam Mission Group (5 members)

Micronesia Guam Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Micronesia Guam Mission!

Shirt designs include Micronesia Guam Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Micronesia Guam missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Micronesia Guam Mission gifts

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Micronesia Guam Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Micronesia Guam Mission.

  1. 2014-2017, John S. Zarbock
  2. 2011-2014, Stephen F. Mecham
  3. 2008-2011, Michael Lee Dowdle
  4. 2006-2009, Gary L. Marshall
  5. 2003-2006, Phillip Gordon Pulsipher
  6. 2000-2003, V. Brent Bangerter
  7. 1998-2000, Morgan Johnson
  8. 1995-1998, R. Ray Ward
  9. 1992-1995, Gordon S. Thatcher
  10. 1989-1992, Lewis V. Nord
  11. 1986-1989, David J. Rollins
  12. 1983-1986, Joseph Keeler
  13. 1980-1983, President Losee

Micronesia Guam LDS Statistics (2015)

  • Church Membership: 5,643 (Micronesia), 2,265 (Guam), 457 (Palau)
  • Missions: 1 (Guam)
  • Temples: 0
  • Congregations: 21 (Micronesia), 4 (Guam), 1 (Palau)
  • Family History Centers: 7 (Micronesia), 1 (Guam), 1 (Palau)

Helpful Articles about Micronesia

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Micronesia Guam Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Micronesia Guam RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • 2014-2016 (Jeff)
  • 2003-2005 (Jonathon)
  • 2013-2015 (Cam)
  • 1997-1999 (Becky)
  • 1997-1999 (Randy)
  • 1996-1998 (Peter)
  • 1996-1998 (Matthew)
  • 1991-1993 (Kolei)

What areas did you serve in?

  • I served in the Chuuk Islands on the island Udot and the areas Neuo and Mwan. (Cam)
  • Yap, Palau, Pohnpei. (Becky)
  • Majuro Island…Rita, Delap, Uliga, Long Island, Ajeltake areas. (Randy)
  • Saipen all over, Palau and Pohnpei all over. (Peter)
  • Truk Lagoon. On Nechocho, Foupo, Romalum and Wichap. (Kolei)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Taro, Breadfruit, tuna, spam and ramen. (Jeff)
  • After the first few tries: fresh coconut; roasted eggplant in coconut sauce; bananas. (Jonathon)
  • Breadfruit, fresh tuna, tarro, coconuts, octopus, tapioca, island potatoes. (Cam)
  • The fruits- mango, pineapple, banana, etc. Breadfruit chips. Coconut. (Becky)
  • Lobster…coconut…coconut rice balls…shark steaks… (Randy)
  • Fresh bowl of fish soup cooked with coconut milk served with hot steam rice. Fried chicken and the fresh fruits. (Peter)
  • Kon (pounded breadfruit). Tapioca. Taro. Tuna. (Kolei)

What was a funny experience?

  • One time a drunk guy walked with me and some other missionaries from one town to another and let me pour out his alcohol and then wanted to stay with me all day long. (Jeff)
  • We had to run through the jungle to get back to the house in time. (Jonathon)
  • I served in the Chuuk islands and learned Chuukese. You really need to watch what you say because some words are really close together. One time, an Elder was teaching a teenage girl with her family and member present. As he tried to tell her that God will answer her (prayers), he stumbled in his speech and accidentally said “will you marry me?” Pretty close phrases! (Cam)
  • We had visited a family that lived at the top of a hill. The path up was very muddy. On the way down, I slipped and ended up sliding all the way down the hill with my skirt over my head. I was covered in mud! I laughed so hard. (Becky)
  • You’ll have a lot. Make time time, laugh and enjoy the moments. (Kolei)

What was a crazy experience?

  • I was chopped by a machete wielding drunk guy. (Jeff)
  • Crossing over a stream mid-rainfall, which had swelled the stream to a mountain river. We crossed on a semi-fallen tree. I wouldn’t recommend doing that. (Jonathon)
  • There are some crazy things that happen in this mission, especially Chuuk where it is considered the most dangerous of the island groups. Luckily, the people respect missionaries because they are God’s servants, however do not make fun of them in any way because some could have short tempers, and that could lead to them wanting to fight! Just be friendly and you’ll be fine:) With that said, one dangerous experience I had was as we were driving to a restaurant on a preparation day. To transport all the missionaries at the same time requires some to sit in the bed of trucks, where I was. Usually we sit on the sides (you rarely go over 15mph) but there was a random primary chair that I chose to sit on instead. As we drove through part of the road, we could tell there was some sort of commotion and lots of people gathered. Assuming it was a wedding or funeral, we drove slowly through the people when we suddenly realized everyone was watching some drunk guys fighting. As we drove to avoid them, one came straight at us with a machete and swung at the truck and hit the front, then took another swing at us in the back. Miraculously there was the primary chair I was sitting on, instead of the edge, which put me out of range of his swing. It was nuts! We got out of there though. Rarely did the missionaries ever get hurt, due to the protection of the Lord. Don’t break the rules and God will protect you. (Cam)
  • In my first area, we had a peeping tom. The landlord was great to work with and put lights all around our house. However one night, my companion woke up to somebody trying to get in our house. The Elders lived in the apartment upstairs and the police chief, who happened to be a member, lived within a two minute walk away. They were all at our apartment in minutes. (Becky)
  • Drunk guy pulling a knife…wanting to fight after I stopped him from killing his drunk friend. (Randy)
  • So with our mission president we took a trip to Ant Island for our Preparation Day and on our way back we end up at the wrong place at the wrong time. I thought the boat was going to sink and we were going to swim back to shore. One of the sisters and the President’s wife got sick. We were fighting 15 to 20 feet waves. (Peter)
  • Drunks like to scream, so avoid em. Chon sakau. (Kolei)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Baptizing a lady who had been taught 2 years before but didn’t get baptized because of her family and then deciding that she was going to get baptized despite what her parents said. (Jeff)
  • A lot. Too many? I was supposed to go 6 months before I actually went, but got delayed due to a medical issue. Finding and baptizing a family in my last few months, during the time that I wouldn’t have been out anymore, was really cool. (Jonathon)
  • I could tell soooo many spiritual experiences I had. Some may say this is a hard mission to feel the Spirit, but you really have to feel as the people feel. The gospel is not so widespread there, so for a lot of people, it is the first time they have ever even heard of ‘the Spirit.’ When you are teaching them and recognize when they are feeling the Spirit is when it can be so overwhelming because it is so basic. We have been exposed over and over to the Spirit, we could lose our sensitivity of we aren’t doing what we should. But for them, one verse of scripture or one prayer could be more than enough to have a burning sensation of the Spirit. (Cam)
  • We were teaching a volunteer from Australia. I think she was investigating out of boredom. One night, we showed her a video depicting 3rd Nephi. I bore testimony about the priesthood and the spirit was so strong, confirming the truth of what we taught. (Becky)
  • Teaching the gospel… (Randy)
  • About the boat trip, the mission president’s wife was very sick and passed out. In the middle of all the turbulences we, the Elders, gathered around her and gave her a blessing and a word of prayer for our safety. I felt at peace and not scared anymore knowing that we were going to be ok. We battled the waves for another 30 minutes then came out of it. (Peter)
  • Always listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Seeing the people every day and serving. (Kolei)

What are some interesting facts about the Micronesia Guam Mission?

  • I spent 6 months on an island less than a mile long. I only got to do shopping once a month and had to get to the main island by boat. (Jeff)
  • REALLY big geographical area, REALLY small landmass. (Jonathon)
  • Facts about Chuuk Zone. You take motor boats in between islands! If you are outer island, you walk. You also shop once a month for your food. A few main island areas have trucks– it’s pretty much off-roading -the church has 3 computers for email…with 24 Elders. Have fun writing letters mostly! There is only one ATM, so when you take out your support money for the month, take it all out, and save some of it just in case. The airstrip landing for the planes is SHORT- prepare for shaky landings. The scenery is BEAUTIFUL. Take lots of hikes with the natives as tour guides. (Cam)
  • There were women who did not wear shirts. Yap has a strong culture and follows a caste system. Pohnpei is one of the rainiest places on earth. You can see and hear the rain coming, it is like a wall of water. It comes, it dumps, it is gone. As a sister, every transfer I had required a ride on a jet. (Becky)
  • The people of Majuro are very spiritual…ready for the gospel…God fearing and loving people…very generous. (Randy)
  • I loved it when my companion and I went tracting and knocked on the doors and a child would come to the screen door and say “my mom said she is not here or she is sleeping”. The whole time we could see the child was talking to someone behind the door. (Peter)
  • World War 2, artifacts and stories from old timers, etc. Language, etc. (Kolei)

What was the weather like?

  • Hot and humid. (Jeff)
  • Wet, hot, humid, tropical goodness. (Jonathon)
  • Weather was perfect. 80’s year round. You’ll get used to it. The only times the weather isn’t great is if it is hot and hasn’t rained in a while, or if it is really rainy and windy, it gets pretty cold! (Cam)
  • Humid. Rainy. Towards the end of my mission, I got cold when it rained. It was a consistent 80 degrees year round. (Becky)
  • Hot, humid…loved the rainy days… (Randy)
  • Hot, rainy and humid. (Peter)
  • Beautiful. (Kolei)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • I loved the people because they were for the most part willing to listen. (Jeff)
  • The people. Very definitely the people. Especially Henry. (Jonathon)
  • I love everything about it. It’s the best place to serve. The people just want to help you and they are so accepting. They love that the missionaries try to adapt to their culture. They are unbelievably humble and will take their shirts of their backs for you or give you the little food they have. Amazing people. (Cam)
  • So green. The people were so happy and humble. (Becky)
  • They are very generous people..and most commonly humble..happy people…loved the coconuts… (Randy)
  • Most people are very loving and friendly and the places are very beautiful. I love the sunrise and the sunset. (Peter)
  • Their big hearts and simplicity of life. (Kolei)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Don’t worry about an umbrella. You’ll be getting wet anyway. Pack light, but bring enough socks and garments. (Jonathon)
  • Don’t get anything too fancy- it will wear out. Just some good slacks and long lasting shirts and a lot of socks. If you bring anything that uses power, make sure it’s batteries. Including cameras. Don’t bring a lot of extra stuff, you will either lose it, find out you don’t need it, have it stolen, or the locals will ask you for it. Just live basic. (Cam)
  • Long skirts so that you can sit cross-legged on the floor. Very few have chairs. (Becky)
  • No jackets… (Randy)
  • If in a walking or biking area, no black and heavy clothing. It can get very hot and heavy when it rains. (Peter)
  • Short sleeves. Comfortable, durable pants. Pack patience and a willingness to learn and work. (Kolei)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • A wonderful life, thus far. A great grounding in the gospel and eternal friends. (Jonathon)
  • I received so many blessings that I can’t even count. I learned so much about myself and developed my character so much. I also matured and became more humble. It’s amazing what this mission will do for you. (Cam)
  • So many. Knowledge, compassion, love, stronger testimony, confidence. (Becky)
  • A greater love for people…and sharing the gospel. (Randy)
  • Knowing that my Savior really atoned for my sins and made it possible for me to enjoy all the blessings therein. (Peter)
  • Testimony. Life skills for rest of my life. Appreciation for people and things in life and Christ. (Kolei)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Interpersonal skills, such as talking and relationship building. The ability to understand the workings of the gospel and the church, and the ability to share that understanding. And I can now husk a coconut in under 10 seconds. (Jonathon)
  • I learned a language, learned Chuukese work, learned how to open coconuts with a machete, leadership skills, people skills… The list goes on and on. (Cam)
  • Language. (Becky)
  • Patience with people and situations. (Randy)
  • Being able to speak in front of a group, Teach lessons and serve others. (Peter)
  • Communication. Listening. Speaking. Courage. Humility. Love. Understanding. Appreciation. Patience. (Kolei)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • You’re going to meet a wide range of people, both as companions and as investigators. Sometimes, it’s harder to work with your companion than the investigators. Sometimes, the investigator is harder. Remember that they’re all people, as fallible as you are, and are all children of God. (Jonathon)
  • I wish I understood that material things do not matter in the end. I would way rather enjoy others’ happiness than be personally satisfied. I spent way too much time before my mission focusing on what things I could buy or what good food I could eat or what kind of shoes I wore. Those things don’t matter! And the sooner you learn it, the happier you’ll be in Micronesia. (Cam)
  • I wish I knew the Book of Mormon better. (Becky)
  • The Bible better. (Randy)
  • I wish I knew the Bible a lot better. (Peter)
  • I don’t know. It was what I learned and the journey. So enjoy the process and the journey. (Kolei)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Micronesia?

  • Do the work, dig into it, and you’ll do fine. It’s not you doing the convincing, it’s the spirit. Just make sure you’re worth to be the mouthpiece. (Jonathon)
  • See previous answer! This really is a special place and it is a paradise!! You see the beach and beautiful ocean every day. Never take that for granted and WORK HARD. (Cam)
  • Read and study your scriptures daily. (Becky)
  • Love and serve the people without guile or thought of reward…and you will be happy. (Randy)
  • Be obedient, be humble, and let those you serve and others know that you love them through your example. Serve them. Let them see that you truly love and care as the Savior did and they will accept you into their homes. (Peter)
  • Be ready and willing to serve, to learn and to love. (Kolei)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • The Pohnpean word for “young” and “white” are pretty similar. I once called an old Pohnpean white instead of young. The other language mistakes were finding out that I was actually swearing when I stopped mid sentence without finishing a word that needed the ending to not be vulgar. Oops? (Jonathon)
  • I was telling a senior sister a story. She did not speak the language. I started off in English and somewhere in the middle, I switched to Pohnpeian without realizing it. (Becky)
  • One time I thought I was saying “no no” in a conversation we were having with some locals and I did not realize that I was saying “mother mother” in their language. I wondered why the kids were laughing at me. (Peter)
  • The way they say “really” is fakkun. It just felt like you were saying the bad word, but you get used to it. (Kolei)