General Authority Visits
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Even before the Church was formally organized in the Philippines, general authorities have come and gone in the land. Elder Harold B. Lee, then of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, together with his wife, attended a servicemen’s district conference in September 1954. A year later, Elder Lee and his wife stopped by Manila on their way to Hong Kong.
On 21 August 1955, Joseph Fielding Smith, acting under the direction of the First Presidency, came to Clark Air Base to dedicate the Philippines for preaching of the gospel. The Philippines then became part of the Southern Far East Mission.
Another significant general authority visit during the early days of the Church was on 28 April 1961, when Elder Gordon B. Hinckley (then an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles), having been authorized by President David O. McKay, rededicated the land for missionary work.

Following are some important general authority visits recorded in the Church’s early history in the Philippines:

29 July 1963 - Gordon B. Hinckley visited the Philippines as an Apostle
23 December 1963 – Southern Far East Mission President Jay Quealy visited the Philippines and spent Christmas Eve with missionaries at the Manila Hotel
13 April 1964 – a special conference with Elder Gordon B. Hinckley of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was held.
10 November 1968 – Elder Neil Holland arrived.
19 November 1968 – President Bruce R. McConkie and his wife came
17 October 1969 – Elder Ezra Taft Benson and his wife visited the Philippines
22-24 October 1969 – Mission President Seminar was held in Manila. It was presided by Elder Ezra Taft Benson and attended by President Bruce R. McConkie and all mission presidents in Asia.
21-23 March 1970 – Elder Ezra Taft Benson and his wife visited the Philippine Mission