The theme, “Breaking Barriers, Opening Doors,” paved the way for Memorandum of Understanding signings between LDS Charities (LDSC), the social arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with various organizations for the implementation of the wheelchair training and distribution program.
We have much to celebrate with the good being accomplished by the rising generation of young men and women in the Philippines. More of them than ever before are serving missions, marrying in the temple and serving in the wards and branches throughout the country.
There is also cause for celebration in the Philippines. In the month of July members of the Church in the Philippines should pause to reflect on the journey taken by about 70,000 Mormon pioneers who crossed the Great Plains and mountainous territory to relocate to the Salt Lake Valley where the Church would grow and prosper. It is a great heritage of faith and sacrifice that now blesses all members of the restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The members of the Church in the Philippines should also remember and celebrate “pioneers” who have worked to establish the restored gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the Philippines.
For Madame Josefa A. Puentevella, wife of Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, the invitation to speak during the opening ceremony of the Family History Exhibit of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brought back fond memories of visiting the Church’s Family History Center. She recalled how she visited the center several years ago to search for ancestors’ names in preparation for a family reunion.
From Brazil to Bacolod, Mormon Helping Hands Actively Serve in Their Communities
At the request of Brazil's Ministry of Sports, around 1,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil are volunteering their time to help Brazil host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the Philippines, Mormon Helping Hands volunteers recently marked their calendars yellow on April 26 as they held a National Day Service.
Despite busy summer schedules, single adult representatives from Islam, Evangelical Christians and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints managed to put together a one day Peace Camp full of fun, friendship and activities which made them get to know each other and to find commonalities despite religious differences.