The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines
As of April 2013, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported 675,166 members in 85 stakes and 84 districts, 1,134 congregations (537 wards and 597 branches), 21 missions, and two temples in the Philippines.
As of August 2013, the church's Philippines Area is presided over by Brent H. Nielson, with Ian S. Ardern and Larry Echo Hawk as counselors. The previous area president, Michael John U. Teh, is the second Filipino to serve as a general authority, with Augusto A. Lim being the first.
The first contact the church had with the Philippines began in the Spanish–American war in 1898, when two LDS men named Willard Call and George Seaman, who were part of the United States artillery battery, were set apart as missionaries and began to proselytize after being deployed to the Philippines. They met with little success. Active proselytizing stopped on the onset of World War II.
The first Filipino to join the LDS Church was Aneleta Pabilona Fajardo in 1945, who was introduced to the church by Maxine Grimm, who was in the Philippines with the Red Cross in the aftermath of World War II.
The Luzon Serviceman's district was organized during the Korean War under the Japanese Mission for American servicemen stationed in the Philippines. In August 1955, the district was then transferred to the newly organized Southern Far East Mission, which was established by President of the Church Joseph F. Smith. During this time, Smith visited the Philippines. Due to legal issues, the LDS Church could not send missionaries. Missionary work, however, was done by some LDS servicemen and American residents. Kendall B. Schaefermeyer, a returned missionary serving in the U.S. Navy was one in particular. He had baptized four native Filipinos by October 1957 and was teaching more than 20 others.
During 1960, Gordon B. Hinckley, then an Assistant to the Twelve, and apostle Ezra Taft Benson, visited the Philippines. The purpose of the visit was mainly to see the work of the LDS servicemen groups but they brought back encouraging reports of the missionary work being done among the native Filipinos.
The church obtained official recognition in the Philippines in 1961 when Robert S. Taylor, president of the Southern Far East Mission, filed the paperwork with the Philippine government. Subsequently, the church rededicated the Philippines. This dedication was done by Hinckley on 28 April 1961 in a meeting with servicemen, American residents, and Filipino members. The first American missionary arrived in Manila two months later. Their names are Ray Goodson, Harry Murray, Kent Lowe and Nestor Ledesma. One of the first converts after official recognition was the Jose Gutierez Sr. family. After the end of the years, six more were baptized.
Due to growth that followed, the Philippines was organized into its own mission by 1967 with the first president being Paul S. Rose. In 1969, the church spread across the islands, having the highest amount of baptisms compared to every other area of the world. This lead to the division of the Philippines mission in 1974 into two separate missions, the Philippine Manila Mission and the Cebu City Mission.
Church president Spencer W. Kimball presided over two area conferences, one in 1975 and another in 1980. During the area conference in 1980, Kimball met with the Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos at the presidential palace. Afterwards in 1987, Manila became the headquarters of the Philippines/Micronesia Area of the church.
The Book of Mormon was translated into Tagalog in 1987. The translation is credited to Ricardo Cruz, a native of the Philippines, with the assistance of Posidio Ocampo and Ananias Bala on the final stages of production. Translation of the Book of Mormon is now in several languages of the Philippines.
- Philippines Angeles Mission
- Philippines Bacolod Mission
- Philippines Baguio Mission
- Philippines Butuan Mission
- Philippines Cagayan de Oro Mission
- Philippines Cauayan Mission
- Philippines Cavite Mission
- Philippines Cebu Mission
- Philippines Cebu − East Mission
- Philippines Davao City Mission
- Philippines Iloilo Mission
- Philippines Laoag Mission
- Philippines Legaspi Mission
- Philippines Manila Mission
- Philippines Naga Mission
- Philippines Olongapo Mission
- Philippines Quezon City Mission
- Philippines Quezon City − North Mission
- Philippines San Pablo Mission
- Philippines Tacloban Mission
- Philippines Urdaneta Mission
|29. Manila Philippines|
Quezon City, Philippines
|133. Cebu City Philippines|
Cebu City, Philippines
|161. Urdaneta Philippines (Announced)|
The Philippines has its own Missionary Training Center (MTC) where native Filipinos receive missionary training in their own language. The first one was dedicated on October 8, 1983, and was housed in a private rented residence. The second MTC was opened July 13, 1992, and stands across the road from the Manila temple. In 2011, the MTC underwent extensive remodeling and was rededicated in May 2012 by Russell M. Nelson. Other nations, as listed below, send missionaries to the Philippines MTC to receive training in their native language.
- Hong Kong
- Sri Lanka
- LDS Meetinghouse Locator. Nearby Congregations (Wards and Branches).
- "Facts and Statistics: Statistics by Country", Newsroom (LDS Church), 31 December 2011, retrieved 2012-10-18
- "Philippines: Church Country Information". Mormon newsroom. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
- "Country Information: Philippines", Church News Online Almanac (Deseret News), February 1, 2010, retrieved 2012-10-18
- "News Story", Newsroom (LDS Church), April 29, 2006, retrieved 2012-10-15
- Taylor, Scott (2 October 2010), President Thomas S. Monson opens conference by announcing 5 new temples, Deseret News, retrieved 2 October 2010.
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