David Archuleta temporarily left the music scene two years ago to serve a mission in Chile. Archuleta is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He devoted the past 24 months doing full-time proselytizing work in Chile.
Since it was first published in English in 1830, the Book of Mormon has been fully translated into 82 languages, and printed copies have totaled more than 150 million. It has been described as the “keystone” of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From the beginning, Church members have accepted it as scripture.
Fifteen years ago, LDS Charities (LDSC) and the Philippine Navy crossed paths. That momentous event signaled the start of a long term friendship dotted with service projects and cooperation over the years.
“In all of us,” wrote Alex Haley, author of the popular novel Roots (based on his own family history), “there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage — to know who we are and where we have come from.”
The centerpiece of the Philippines Area Goals for 2014 reads: “Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” This scriptural passage comes from the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ (2 Nephi 32:3).
Shelter is a basic need. Three months after Yolanda struck Tacloban and other parts of the Visayas, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been humming with activity focusing on shelter and livelihood.
Socrates, age 37, goes to work every day as an electronics repairman. Maria, age 46, operates a sari-sari store business and is an officer of the Barangay Persons with Disability (PWD) organization. Judith, age 54, is an accounting staff of a government office. These three individuals who live in Cordova, Cebu are physically-challenged and use wheelchairs for mobility.