A Book of Mormon scripture found in 2 Nephi 32:3 is set forth as a foundation for the 2015 Philippines Area Goals. In this scripture the prophet Nephi counsels his brethren to “feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.”
This is the fourth Area Broadcast that I have participated in and the first as your Area President. While my assignments in the Area Presidency have changed over the years what has not changed is my love for the people of the Philippines. Sister Ardern and I treasure our many friends throughout this country.
What if there were a way to overcome our habits, addictions, and burdens? What if there was a way to gain sufficient confidence in the Lord that you could call down the powers of heaven? What if there were principles you could teach your loved ones that, if applied, would allow them to overcome personal weaknesses and draw closer to God?
The month of December is upon us and the carols of Christmas echo around us. Children seem to have bigger smiles and an abundance of good will permeates the air. We just love Christmas and the joy of the season and I have come to believe that nowhere in the world is Christmas more anticipated and loved than in the Philippines. Few people decorate better than Filipinos and so in this joyous season, decorations abound, lights sparkle and a chorus of carols fills our homes, hearts, markets and malls.
An effort to share a message about Jesus Christ during the Christmas season will be underway throughout the month of December by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The month-long Christmas initiative focuses on Heavenly Father’s love as demonstrated in the sacred gift of Jesus Christ (see John 3:16). The “He Is the Gift” initiative is expected to reach millions during the month through social media, displays in visitors’ centers, member and missionary tools, online paid promotion and outdoor advertising in New York City’s Times Square.