Saturday, May 7, 2016


We decided to have two reunions before we leave the Philippines. We are not sure if we will ever return to these beautiful islands again and so we wanted to say GOODBYE to the RM's who could make it to Cavite or Cebu for one last hug. (and a good cry!) 

The word GOODBYE is a contraction of the phrase "God be with ye" used by 15th century English Christians. Because of persecution to Christians, the word God was changed to Good and the phrase was shortened. Today we commonly say "Goodbye." I find this so interesting because a favorite hymn we sing in the church when someone is leaving us is, "God Be With You Till We Meet Again." Simply put, GOODBYE!

Saying GOODBYE is always hard and even more difficult when you realize that you may not see those you are leaving for a very long time or maybe never again. Unless it is at Jesus feet - which we all hope for!

Here are a few of the 150 pictures we took of our two reunions. I find it hard to explain how much we love the missionaries who served with us during 2013 - 2016. President Tye and I came to the Philippines praying that we could make a difference in the lives of the full time missionaries - - but we will leave with the realization that they and their example made a huge difference in our life! 

Cavite Reunion - Molino Chapel
Some of the RM's flew many, many miles to come to the reunion and to visit those they love in the Philippines. 
 Sister Rodgers, who brought her mother, is one of them.
 Elder Nielsen, Elder Dela Cruz, Elder Morales, Sister Eddington
 Elder Jenkins and Elder Nielsen
Sister Labarda, Sister Batingal, President Tye, Sister Bodota, Sister Domingo
 Elder Dela Cruz, Elder Manabat, Elder Lorenzo, Elder Calaunan
 Sister Lamson, and Sister Mitsvotai
 Sister Adriatico
 Sister Villanuava, Sister Daquilla
President tries to get everyone to sing louder! 
 Front row - Elder Manabat, Elder Baui, Elder Lorenzo, Elder Parilla, Elder Tomas
Back row - Elder Dela Cruz, Elder Morales, Elder Calaunan, Elder To'o, Elder Ah Ching
 Sister Eddington, Sister Mendoza, Sister Batingal, Sister Pacquiao, Sister Tampac
Elder Magistrado, Elder Nielsen and Elder Jenkins in the background
 Elder Woolf, Sister Rivero, Elder Parahinog, Sister Sarman
 Elder Yambot, Sister Paug, Sister Villanuava, Sister Daquilla, Elder Sanchez
 President Tye's counselors
President Pipit, President & Sister Briones
Names of those attending the Manila reunion. 

Cebu Reunion - Cebu Temple
This is the wonderful sight we saw as we exited the temple. Oh how we love them!
 Sister Sorranda, Sister Estorgia, Sister Abasanta, Elder Parilla, Sister Domantay, Sister Atay, Elder Labitad, Elder Jimeno, Elder Gaso, Elder Doloritos
 Sister Domantay, Sister Abasanta, Sister Atay, Sister Estorgio, and Elder Labitad in the back
 Elder Gaso and Elder Jimeno
 Elder Doloritos and his fiancĂ©
Soooo hard to say GOODBYE! 

God Be With You Till We Meet Again
When life's perils thick confound you,
Put His arms unfailing round you.
God be with you till we meet again!

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