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.
The Philippines Area 2014 Broadcast - Hastening the Lord's Work was conducted last January 18, 2014. It details the goals of the area for 2014 with emphasis on how each member can help in hastening the Lord's work of salvation. Leaders and members ages 12 and older were invited to attend.
Echoing the words of General MacArthur’s “I shall return,” 26 missionaries returned to Tacloban on January 28 after they were pulled out when Typhoon Yolanda barreled its way in many parts of Leyte. At exactly 7:40 in the morning, their plane touched down at Tacloban Airport.
The year 2013, with its many natural calamities and disasters, proved to be one of the greatest strains on the Philippines in decades. LDS Charities (LDSC), the social arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, worked tirelessly, alongside many other organizations, to help provide much needed disaster relief while maintaining substantial support to major global initiatives.
When super typhoon Yolanda struck the Philippines with the resultant loss of thousands of homes and lives many had cause to reflect on the tragedies we experience. The loss of employment, the death of a loved one or the missing out on a job opportunity; in their own way they are ‘typhoons’ that cause some pain and anguish.