Sister Bird at Public Affairs Office
Manila Administration Office (MPAO)
Some people may wonder what, exactly, Public Affairs missionaries do. Besides hosting events, like the VIP Reception for the Jubilee Celebration, we may be assigned to attend government meetings (like the DSWD), meet with Ambassadors to the Philippines from other nations, especially India, Vietnam, China, U.S. and many others, to let them know of the church's presence in their countries and what we do there, help with Open Houses (the new addition to the MTC will be coming up soon), ground breaking ceremonies (Urdanetta Temple will come up sometime) and everything to do with these events. We folded a lot of boxes as we prepared for the Jubilee VIP Reception! We also train Public Affairs Councils in the various stakes and districts. We try to inform the people, of this country, of who/what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is. It's AMAZING how much misinformation is out there! Of course, we try to work a lot with the media.....this seems to be a good place for showing the Philippine people what this Church is really all about. Some wonderful things are going on here and our stakes/districts are doing an excellent job of reporting. Click on the following link that gives a great example: http://www.tzuchi.org.ph/newsite/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3335:recycling-activity-in-n-domingo-san-juan-city&catid=135:news&Itemid=471
Beginning in July, there are Church History/Jubilee exhibits that will be happening all over the Philippine Islands (outside of Metro Manila area) and we will be attending many of these. We work out of the Public Affairs Office which is located in the MPAO (Manila Philippines Administration Office) right across the street from the Manila Temple.