He is also part of the Area Presidency over the Philippines, which includes the 21 missions here.
There were two Missionary meetings during this tour, half of the missionaries one day and the other half the next day. Sister Petersen and I were at both because of things we were doing to help. Sister Petersen took photos at both. I helped where I could. Elder Echo Hawk asked me to play prelude music with one of my flutes on the second day. Fun, but a little frightening.
Elder Echo Hawk told us that he was working in the missionary committee in Salt Lake City when the missionary age change happened. He knew the announcement was going to be made, but he could not say anything to anyone including his wife. He said that the committee was working fast and hard to prepare for the change. Our mission is a result of this change. He gave these numbers. There were 2019 missionaries in the Philippines in October, 2012 when the age change was announced. As of January 1, 2015, there were 4793 missionaries. Big increase. At that time, there were 1805 Philipino missionaries working in the Philippines. As of January 1, 2015, there were 3223 Philipino missionaries, and they are wonderful people. I really love this people. I did the math and 67% of the missionaries working in the Philippines are Philipno. And not all of the Philipinos stay in the Philippines. I was looking at the missionary roster for one of the Stskes here. Some were assigned to other areas of the world. One was even in the Las Vegas Mission. One last number that I remember, Elder Holand has projected that by 2019 there will be 100,000 missionaries serving for the Lord. Hope I remember all of this correctly.
Some other photos of this mission tour.