President Michael Teh with Catholic Bishop Tobias
Back row l-r (Pres. Ardern, Pres. Nielson, Pres. Teh (Area Pesidency), Elder Goss PA Office, Doug McAllister (Church Legal), Manny Baul (Family History Director)
Front Row l-r (2nd from left Bishop Tobias, others are priests and staff)
Bishop Tobias of the Novaliches Diocese, along with several Catholic priests, visited the Manila Philippines Area Office under the invitation of our Area Presidency. As part of their visit, they toured the MTC, the Manila Temple grounds and foyer, and the Family History Center. Elder Bird had the privilege of walking from the Public Affairs Office over to the temple and back with them. As they took the underground walkway, he explained the pictures that hung on the walls. Many of them depicted events from the life of Christ while the final two were of the First Vision and Christ Visiting the Americas. Elder Bird explained the First Vision and also how we came to be known as Mormons..... none of the visitors had known and all were curious. After hearing the explanation one of the priests said, " Oh, so "Mormon" was a man....a person".....and Elder Bird replied, "Yes, a prophet of God in the Americas". We helped with the luncheon and also prepared some nice gifts for them. They were all very kind and receptive.