(l-r) E/S Bird and Angeles Missionary, Sister Bird and Lorie Pangan (SPAD), Public Affairs Committee and E/S Bird, E/S Bird and Pres. Briones (Angeles Stk. Pres.) Elder Bird w/ Pres. Briones in Front of 2nd LDS Chapel in the Philippines
E/S Bird with Angeles Stake Jubilee CommitteeWe had another wonderful experience in the Angeles Stake and Mission. They were very organized and had invited many leaders from their communities. President Briones, prior to the ribbon cutting of the Open House, led a group of reporters through each of the Jubilee Exhibit panels explaining our beliefs. This was aired on television the next day. It was great!! On Sunday we attended church in one of the ten wards/branches in the Tarlac area. The map looked like it was only 40 km. away so we ventured out and lo and behold, it took an hour and a half. The Church directory also said Church started at 9:30 a.m. but when we arrived sacrament meeting was just coming to a close. Church had started at 8:30 a.m. We were still glad we had made the effort because we so enjoyed getting to visit with the members there. They were so friendly and everything was taught in English. Yahoo!! Also, it was on this slow, "curvy" road that we happened upon the "Bataan Death March Memorial". Another highlight of this trip was a lovely dinner and visit with President and Sister Dave Martino (Angeles Mission President). Sister Martino and I grew up in Arco, Idaho and attended the same schools. She was a Baptist at that time and took seminary determined to straighten out her "Mormon" friends. It was fun to hear about her conversion to the Gospel and seeing how the Lord has guided her life. They are from Texas now. Also at the dinner was the office couple, Elder and Sister Jewkes. This was the first Jubilee Exhibit that we were able to drive our car to. That was so much fun....Elder Bird drove and I enjoyed looking around, as usual. What a great life we are having!