Before Dedication
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Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea…” (2 Nephi 29:7)
This was a promise that the Lord has kept for the Filipino people. During World War II, servicemen and women who were members of the Church walked in the midst of the Filipinos and blessed their lives in various ways.
Among them was Maxine Tate-Grimm, an American Red Cross worker who exemplified the true meaning of charity and selfless service. Her pump organ was her companion and provided music in many humble meetings that were held. Her optimism was an ensign to those who were discouraged.
In spite of disheartening conditions, the first sacrament meeting was held on March 11, 1945, at the house of Col. Pete Grimm, a commandant of an American prison. The house did not have any furniture so they held their meeting while sitting on the window. Records show that the three members and a visitor who were in attendance were very grateful to finally hold a sacrament meeting and partake of the emblems of the Atonement again.
Some significant events that happened during this time:
-          The first conference was held on May 13, 1945 with 272 people in attendance
-          President Heber J. Grant passed away
-          World War II ended on September 14, 1945
-          On August 21, 1955, Joseph Fielding Smith under the direction of the First Presidency dedicated the Philippines for preaching the gospel. The Philippines became part of the Southern Far East Mission
Indeed, no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing. Just as the Lord delivered His people during the time of Moses, He also remembered the war-torn Filipino people during this time of deep sorrow and distress.