Sunday, September 23, 2012

General Authority Visit

During the week of September 10th, the Baguio Mission was honored by a visit from Elder and Sister Ardern, First Quorum of the Seventy, Philippines Area Presidency. Elder and Sister Ardern were with us to tour the mission and instruct the missionaries in each of the tri-zone conferences. It was a very spiritual experience to receive instruction from Elder and Sister Ardern.  Before the start of each zone conference, Sister Ardern visited with all the sister missionaries.  Every sister missionary introduced herself and told Sister Ardern which city she was from. Even though this was an informal visit with Sister Ardern, we all could feel her love as she gave spiritual insight and bore her testimony.  During the conference, Elder Ardern invited several missionaries to share a scriptural insight.  Those missionaries who were chosen had a wonderful experience as they taught--standing next to a general authority.  This week will not be forgotten.

(L-R) President and Sister Monahan with Sister and Elder Ardern.
Elder and Sister Ardern with Elder Liston and Elder Discaya.

We take a few minutes during lunch to recognize each missionary
who celebrated a birthday since last zone conference. These
missionaries are from Urdaneta, Rosales and Bayambang zones.

Elder Palu takes a peak inside the birthday box.

We sing "Happy Birthday" and "Maligayan Bati."

Elder Terry is in line with Elder Ardern as they are served lunch
by the Assistants, Elders Tolman and Mayes.

A few of our awesome sister missionaries: (L-R)
Sisters Dacuno, Praqueles, Garnace, Urbano, Allen and PeriƱa.

Happy Birthday to our missionaries in Dagupan, Lingayen
and Mangaldan zones!

The sisters get first pick in the birthday box.The elders try to
wait patiently for their turn to pick from among the goodies.

Happy Birthday and Maligayan Bati to the elders and sisters in
Baguio, San Fernando and Agoo zones.  Sister Monahan had
someone else take this picture so she could join with the group,
since her birthday is in September.

Sister Ardern joins with the missionaries in singing,
"Called to Serve," in Tagalog.  We sing a song after eating lunch
then say, "Salamat!" to our wonderful cooks.

1 comment:

  1. When is Prep day? I am dying to find out if my daughter made it to the mission safely? It has been one week tomorrow.