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Are Mormon Temples Secret?

Are Mormon Temples Secret?

by Roy I was one of the participants at the Cebu Philippines Temple Dedication. Because I can sing well, I was privileged to be with the choir to sing during that major event for the Latter-day Saints in the Philippines. It was so wonderful, and very intriguing to many people, that over 50,000 people from almost everywhere had come to visit the new temple. Many of the guests were not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes nicknamed the Mormon Church). The media published some interesting thoughts about the Mormon temple that encouraged people to come and see the new temple. My grandmother had told me how the Mormon temple in the Philippines became the “apple of the eye” to the Filipinos. The building itself is naturally attractive and beautiful. She said that it is the first time in the Philippines that a building would be elaborately decorated and lit during Christmas season, and that happens also at the Manila Philippines Temple, attracting many... Read the rest of this article »

A Reflection on the Jubilee Celebration of the Mormon Church in the Philippines

A Reflection on the Jubilee Celebration of the Mormon Church in the Philippines

by Richard The year 2011 is very memorable for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often mistakenly called the Mormon Church) here in the Philippines. It has been 50 years since the Gospel of Jesus Christ was first preached in our land. I was not yet born when Elder Gordon B. Hinckley rededicated my country for missionary work on April 28, 1961 (It had already been dedicated by Elder Joseph Fielding Smith on August 21, 1955, under the direction of the First Presidency). I have only read stories about that glorious event in books and Church magazines. However, as I looked back trying to imagine how it was during that time, I always felt like I was there just watching the Church grow and waiting for my time to participate in the work. Fifty years after the first missionaries arrived, more than 600,000 Filipinos have accepted the gospel. Now, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrates 50 years of presence in the Philippines. Hundreds of thousands of... Read the rest of this article »

History of the LDS Church in the Philippines

History of the LDS Church in the Philippines

by Karla Even from the past, the Philippines was already considered as the light in Asia, and is considered the only Christian country on the continent. The good character of the people and their open hearts to the words of the Lord paved the way for the entry of foreign religions. This made the country an island clinging to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was and is ripe for the gospel. During the Second World War, American servicemen, their families, and others living there loved the Filipinos. In 1960, they pleaded with Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, then an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, usually called as the Mormon Church) assigned to supervise the Church in Asia, to open the Philippines to missionary work. And that is how the work of the Lord, marvelous and progressive, started in this country. Missionary work in the country begins On his first visit to the Philippines in 1960, Elder Hinckley realized the potential the... Read the rest of this article »

The Cebu Philippines Mormon Temple

The Cebu Philippines Mormon Temple

It took twenty three long years before a second temple was built in the Philippines (the Manila Philippines Temple was the first).  It gave members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“Latter-day Saints” or “Mormons”) there a glorious moment as finally the Cebu Philippines temple was constructed and dedicated for eternal covenants and ordinances to take place inside. President Anthony John Balledos of the Cebu City Philippines Stake expressed in his prayer how grateful the Filipino Saints are to have the temple built in Cebu to serve members in the central and southern parts of the Philippines. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles broke ground for the Cebu Philippines Temple complex in Lahug, Cebu City, on November 14, 2007. During the ceremony, Elder Oaks said they were there not only “to dedicate the land to the Lord,” but also “to pray … that we may prepare ourselves for the blessings of the temple.” In the evening, after... Read the rest of this article »

Filipino Mormons Celebrate 50 Years of Church Presence

Filipino Mormons Celebrate 50 Years of Church Presence

Thousands of Filipino members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Church’s presence in the islands nation. More than 4,000 members performed traditional songs and lively dances in elaborate costumes at a cultural celebration on Saturday, 30 April 2011. The event depicted the Church’s history as well as the local culture and history. The youth started practicing their dance routines and making their colorful costumes as early as two years ago.  Following the Saturday celebration, members attended a special conference on Sunday, 1 May, connecting leaders of the Church from Salt Lake City with the Philippine Latter-day Saints via satellite. In attendance were the first four Mormon missionaries to serve in the country, and one of the first eight converts. Church membership has grown to nearly 650,000, with over 1,200 congregations throughout the Philippines.  The Church is now building its third temple in the country.    Read More →

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