Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland to Visit Phillipines Cebu Mission

Dear Elders and Sisters,

We have been  traveling with leadership meetings and district conference all week, so I  am not able to write each of you an individual letter. However, we have a very special event to discuss.

On Thursday, October 20, 2011, we will receive a visit with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Tad R. Callister of the Presidency of Seventy, and Elder Michael John U. Teh of the Seventy. Elder Holland wishes to meet with the Missionaries from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. All missionaries are invited from each island. We will be using our preparation day for this visit, so we will  be working on Wednesday and taking Thursday as our preparation day. Those traveling from the off islands will need to preserve their travel  money to make sure they can pay the cost of transportation to Cebu. The meeting will be held at the temple complex stake center.

Elder Holland has requested that all missionaries are seated in their seats by 3:00 p.m., one hour early. We should quietly be reading the scriptures and pondering on things of the spirit. Missionaries should sit with companions.

Sister Schmutz and I desire that all missionaries are spiritually prepared to receive all the Lord would have us receive from  Elder Holland, Elder Callister and Elder Teh. Therefore, I wish you to  begin preparing now to purify yourselves and prepare your hearts. Make a  commitment to be obedient in all things starting now. Study the  scriptures and be prayerful to receive the spirit at the time of this  meeting. There may be an opportunity to ask questions, so please give prayerful thought to any questions you might wish to ask. The questions should be sincere and respectful. Please fast on the day of the  meeting. Those who are traveling please try to arrange to do all travel  on the Thursday, the day of the meeting, if possible. Please work with your zone leaders and the assistants to travel together as much as  possible.

This is such a wonderful blessing and rare opportunity  to sit at the feet of our prophets and apostles. We are very excited  that we were permitted to invite all missionaries on all the islands, but it is important that you sacrifice your preparation day on Wednesday  for this purpose.

We love you and wish you a wonderful week. We look forward to seeing you on the 20th!

President and Sister Schmutz

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