As an Area Presidency, we too have strong feelings about the importance of the temple and of the great privilege of becoming worthy to receive a temple recommend. Elder Haynie counsels members of the church in the Philippines to make the necessary change and sacrifice to make themselves worthy of a temple recommend.
Maxine Tate Shields Grimm, 102—who was instrumental in opening the Philippines to missionary work and whose contributions strengthened The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the country in the 1960s—died February 10, 2017, in Tooele, Utah.
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is available to each of us. His Atonement is infinite. It applies to everyone, even you. It can clean, reclaim, and sanctify even you. That is what infinite means—total, complete, all, forever. Elder Bowen shares how the Atonement can make us clean again if we accept this gift that Jesus offers us.
In January 2016, the Philippines Area Presidency introduced the Philippines Area Plan. The Area Plan sets forth an inspired Vision Statement for all members of the Church: “By exercising faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, members will obey the commandments, make, honor and renew sacred covenants and more fully establish the Kingdom of God in the Philippines.”
Hearts “turned” during the recently-held Alaminos Philippines District Family Discovery Day activity. This is part of the district’s on-going effort to motivate both members and non-members to do family history.
As the entire country participates in the rebroadcast of the 186th Semiannual General Conference, let us look back to the very first conference held by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines.
It is never too late to return and receive the blessings of the restored gospel. Through the atoning power of Jesus Christ, all wounds can be healed. However, it is of great importance that we hasten the work of the rescue.
The Lord has made it clear that every worthy young man is under priesthood obligation to serve a full-time mission and that sisters may choose to do likewise. Preparation, in its many facets, for this period of faithful service begins well before one’s eighteenth or nineteenth birthday.
We should desire the promised protection from the adversary that comes from our yielding to the influence of the Spirit of Elijah, which is the Holy Ghost’s ability to focus us on the eternal principles associated with the family and in turn family history work.