Monday, April 22, 2013

Be His Hands

Great story of the power of the Priesthood and a young man's knowledge that he was clean and worthy enough to call upon the power of God to bless and heal.
To all missionaries who will serve in the Cavite mission: Prepare yourselves now to "Be His Hands" that you may serve, love, and bless the Filipino people with all of your heart. I promise you that seen and unseen forces will be at your side as you share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and administer the ordinances thereof.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Busy Weekend

On Friday April 5th, President Tye and I were able to visit with the Philippines Area Presidency and their wives. They were in Salt Lake City for General Conference and I am so thankful that they spent some time with us, and three other new Mission Presidents, to get acquainted and answer questions. I think what I noticed first is how RELAXED they are - do you think I will look like that someday? When our meeting was over, the wives all hugged each other and I realized that the next time we see them we will be standing in Manila, just 11 weeks from now. Wow, Yikes, and Yippee! (all in that order!)

Also included in this busy weekend was the spiritual uplift received from General Conference. I will never EVER tire of listening to the leaders of this church! Many times as I listened to the talks I felt their counsel was directed at me - and before Elder Holland even said "Amen", I was ready to conquer the world. He really knows how to motivate me and fill me with the desire and excitement to serve!

Then to top off the weekend, President Tye and I had a visit from one of our future missionaries. This was my first chance to get my hands on one of our very own missionaries and I think I hugged her so tight . . . she better check for bruises or broken ribs!!! She reports to the MTC in August and we should be picking her up at the Manila airport sometime in September.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

President Tye As An Elder

President Tye served as a missionary in the Philippines Manila Mission during 1975 - 1977. At that time there were only two missions in the Philippines - Manila and Cebu. He spent most of his two years in the northern part of Luzon. At that time, the missionaries did not learn a language but taught in English.
When the plane landed in Manila it was early in the morning and the sun was just coming up. Bonfires lined the runway and armed soldiers in full military dress were everywhere. It was a scary sight for a 19 year old Elder fresh out of Utah. He soon learned that Imelda Marcos, the wife of then Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos was boarding a flight and all the extra security was for her benefit.
President Tye took lots of pictures during his mission and I will just post a few of them. But as he preached the gospel, rode on crowded jeepney's, played with the children, went tracting in the rain, and walked through the beautiful country, he fell in love with the Filipino people. They are truly the most loving and giving people on the face of the earth!
What a blessing it will be to return to the Philippines and again be involved in bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Filipino people. As President Tye's wife, I am excited to be able to share this experience with him.