The Need for More Worthy Men Who Hold the Melchizedek Priesthood
We have many worthy men in the Philippines who hold the Melchizedek priesthood, who use that priesthood to bless their families, and who magnify their callings in that priesthood. But we need more such men, men who realize that they were in fact “called and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of their exceeding faith and good works” to receive the Melchizedek in this life and help build His kingdom in the Philippines. (Alma 13:3) We need more men who hold the Melchizedek priesthood to increase in their effort to magnify their callings through personal righteousness and service.
The promise that [the Lord will] “remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and [will] bring forth [His] word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth” has come to pass as the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines gathered to witness the creation of the 100th stake in the country.
The ultimate end of Temple and Family History work is to vicariously provide the saving ordinances of the temple to all of our ancestors who have gone before us and who have prepared the way so that we can be where we are today. Our families need us, and we need them.
In this generation, the Lord expects each able young man to be worthy and prepare for missionary service. We know there are some who are honorably excused from service due to health or other reasons. To each of you that cannot serve in a full-time capacity, the Lord loves you as we do and we know that compensating blessings will be yours as you worthily serve the Lord in any capacity that fits your circumstances. The Lord also invites young women to serve, when they feel prompted. He knows that young women are equally capable of performing miracles in his name.
With the start of the new school year, LDS youth once again have the privilege of attending seminary and institute classes while in high school and college. They often hit the ground running, pumped with enthusiasm and excited to strike the elusive balance between secular and spiritual learning.
It was a very cold winter day, there had not been much snow that year in Idaho. I remember entering the Idaho Falls temple early that morning thinking, I am about to enter into a covenant with God and with the woman that I love and adore, which is eternal and that will bind us together forever.
One of the most compelling reasons to pay a full tithe is to invite God to prove Himself, to experience how He will “open the windows of heaven” on our behalf and “pour [us] out a blessing” that will exceed our capacity to receive. That is a promised blessing worth claiming from a loving Heavenly Father who also happens to be the creator and ruler of all things.
Announcing the 2017 LDS Youth Songwriting Competition! All Filipino Young Men and Young Women ages 12-18 are invited to submit a VIDEO of their ORIGINAL SONG based on the theme 'PEACE IN CHRIST' on or before October 15, 2017.
I still recall an event and a conversation that occurred shortly after my 12th birthday. It shaped the direction of my life. After Sacrament Meeting on the Sunday following my birthday, my family gathered in the Bishop’s office. The Bishop said a few words concerning the importance of the Aaronic Priesthood, and then invited me to sit on a chair while several men in the ward surrounded me and placed their hands on my head. My father, acting under the direction of the Bishop, conferred upon me the Aaronic Priesthood and ordained me to the office of Deacon.