Moving the Work Forward
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Work Moves Forward Through the 21st Century
Forty years after the gospel was officially preached in the land, the Philippines reached an unprecedented, robust growth beginning in the early years of the 21st century—not only in terms of statistics, but most importantly in the role it has played in the community and in the worldwide Church as well.
During this period, the revelation given to the Prophet Joseph Smith that, “It shall come to pass in that day, that every man shall hear the fullness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language…” (see D&C 90:11) was fulfilled for the Filipino people.
The scriptures, hymns, Church magazines, training materials and videos were translated in local languages. Remote interpretation of general conferences was made available. Local leaders were also called to serve in the First, Second, and Eight Quorums of the Seventy.
Other significant milestones during this time include:
-          Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided as Philippines Area President
-          Self-reliance for members through ERC and PEF was reinforced
-          The Cebu Philippines Temple was constructed
-          Welfare and Humanitarian efforts were extended to community
-          Family History work was emphasized and shared with the public
-          Seminary and institute programs were strengthened
-          Multi-stake youth and young single adults activities were set out
-          Expansion of the MTC was planned
-          The first Philippines Area Conference was held
-          Service projects were initiated nationwide to commemorate Jubilee celebration
The Church in the Philippines is relatively young compared to other countries in the world, but its growth is as steady as a stone rolling forth “out of the mountain without hands” (D&C 65:2) and it will continue to progress until “the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done” (History of the Church, 4:540).