Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mission Presidents' Seminar in Cebu

We had a wonderful, spiritual week at the Mission Presidents' Seminar on the island of Cebu. One week after Baguio Mission transfers we, along with 16 other mission presidents and their wives, traveled to Cebu where we met with the Philippines Area Presidency and Elder David F. Evans. There are so many good things on the horizon for missionary work in the Philippines and in missions all over the world. There will be some changes due to the new age requirements of young men (now 18 years old and a high school graduate) and young women (19 years old). Even the lesson manuals for the young men and young women will change to include subjects in Preach My Gospel.

One afternoon, we all boarded a bus that took us to the Cebu Temple. On the way to the temple, we stopped for tours at a famous guitar shop and a factory that makes dried fruit, such as dried mangoes, pineapples, coconut, bananas, etc. After the tours, we arrived at the beautiful Cebu Temple. After being fed spiritually, we went to the church building across from the temple and enjoyed a delicious meal. At the end of the seminar, we got a picture taken with Elder and Sister Evans and our "MTC batch." The week was truly a feast--spiritually and temporally!

The Alegre Guitar Shop

The sign says it all!

The Cebu Temple--as beautiful during the day.... it is in the evening.

Our MTC Batch
(L-R) President and Sister Barrientos, Laoag Mission; President and
Sister Monahan, Baguio Mission; Sister Evans, Elder David F. Evans,
First Quorum of the Seventy serving as Executive Director of the
Department; Sister Lopez and President Lopez, Bacolod Mission.



A Friendly Game of Basketball

These pictures were taken on Nov. 1st, the day after the "foreign" missionaries
arrived in the mission. It's not often you see a group of young elders playing
basketball in their missionary attire, but I think they rather enjoyed having
a few minutes of exercise in the semi-fresh air before eating lunch.  :o)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Welcome, Elder and Sister Dinkel!

We welcome Elder and Sister Dinkel who arrived November 1st. 
We are so blessed to have them as our newest senior couple in the Baguio
Mission. They will be working with the members in Manoag, Mapandan
and Mangaldan. Elder Dinkel will be providing shadow leadership and
priesthood support. Sister Dinkel will give support to Relief Society,
 Young Women and Primary leaders. She has already started sharing her
musical talents by giving piano lessons to several sisters in the branches.

Friday, November 23, 2012

November Arriving Batch and Transfer Day

                                               November Arriving Missionaries
         Front row (L-R):  Elders Rabanes and Macabenta, Sisters Velasco, Leuluai and Valera,
         Elders Rostan and Artigo. Middle row: Elders Hansen, Sta. Ana, Catt, Dearing, Wilding,
         Moreno and Marafina. Back row: Elders Tung-Loong, Bowers, Lipscomb, Rowbottom,
         Sugden, Germaine and Comer.

                 The sisters all met at the mission home to visit before the Transfer Meeting.

                       Having a bite to eat after                  Sisters Valera, Leuluai and Velasco
                        arriving in the mission

                    After transfers are announced, the companionships gather their luggage
                                  and other belongings and start loading the jeepneys

                      Elders Wilding and Santiago                  Sisters Montojo and Leuluai

                  President with a few good elders               Baguio Zone missionaries with
                                                                           Zone Leaders- Elders Dickey and Taylor

      San Fernando La Union (SFLU) missionaries with Zone Leaders- Elders Bolen and Castillo

           (L) Lingayen Zone missionaries with Zone Leaders- Elders Halvorsen and Millevo.
           (R) Dagupan Zone missionaries with Zone Leaders- Elders Shaw and Esling

                    Rosales Zone missionaries                 A few Urdaneta Zone missionaries

                Both pictures are of missionaries in Urdaneta Zone. Zone Leaders, Elders
              Dela Cruz and Matthews, are standing in front of the jeepney before it leaves.

                                                    Mangaldan Zone missionaries

                     Mangaldan Zone (L-R) Elder Slaughter, Zone Leaders - Elders Azores
                                 and Bernal, and new missionary Elder Tung-Loong.

October Departing Missionaries

 It was bittersweet to say goodbye to Elder Tolman, one of the Assistants to President Monahan.
  He will be missed, but we know he is moving on to serve the Lord in future callings. We wish
     him well.  He "Returns with Honor," along with the other missionaries who are departing.

Back row (L-R):  Elders Purcell, Williams, White, Tolman, Soderquist, Solesbee, and Su'a.
Front row: Elders Quinte, Valdez, Villacer, Puyong, Diaz and Sisters Mohinder and Garnace.
On the end is Elder Manarpiis. These wonderful men and women have completed their
full-time service as missionaries in the Baguio Mission.  They go forth with strong testimonies
and a willingness to continue being disciples of Christ.
                A little nap before lunch..... then good food before the long bus ride to Manila.

                          (Left) Sisters Mohinder and Garnace, along with Elders Tolman
                                     and Su'a are on their way to the bus station (right)

                   Elder White is receiving his last                           Elder White
                      "till we meet again" hug.                        with Sister and Elder Engels

                Sister Garnace and Elder Solesbee                          Elder Tolman
                                                                                     gives a final wave goodbye