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.