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.



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