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Philippines: Chronology

August 21, 1898 • Manila, Philippines

George Seaman and Willard Call, Latter-day Saints serving in the U.S. military, held the first Church service in the Philippines. Prior to their departure from the United States, both had been set apart as missionaries.

1941–45 • Philippines

American Latter-day Saints returned to the Philippines through military service during World World II. A U.S. military presence, which included Latter-day Saints, remained after the war.

1945 • Manila

Aniceta Pabilona Fajardo became the first Filipino to be baptized in the Philippines. She was the only convert baptized in the 1940s.

February 13, 1953 • Luzon

The Luzon Servicemen’s District was organized.

August 21, 1955 • Clark Air Base, Philippines

President Joseph Fielding Smith of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Philippines for the preaching of the gospel.

1957 • Philippines

Kendall B. Schaefermeyer, a U.S. Navy serviceman, taught and baptized four Filipinos and was teaching more than 20 others.

1960 • Philippines

Elder Ezra Taft Benson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, Assistant to the Twelve, met with servicemen’s groups and found promising opportunities for missionary work among the Filipinos.

January 22, 1961 • Clark Air Base

David Lagman, one of a few converts from the 1950s, became the first Filipino ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood.

1961 • Philippines

The government of the Philippines granted legal recognition to the Church.

April 28, 1961 • Philippines

Elder Gordon B. Hinckley of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles officially opened the country for missionary work.

June 5, 1961 • Manila

Ray Goodson, Harry Murray, Kent Lowe, and Nestor Ledesma, the first Latter-day Saint missionaries called to the Philippines, began preaching in the country.

August 10, 1961 • Manila

The first converts after missionaries arrived, Catalino Brocka and Jose Gutierrez Sr., were baptized in a pool at Edward and Maxine Grimm’s home.

May 1963 • Quezon City, Philippines

Mary Ellen Edmunds and Carol Smithen, the first sister missionaries assigned to the Philippines, arrived.

March 1964 • San Fernando, Philippines

David Lagman was set apart as president of the San Fernando branch.

January 1965 • Luzon District

The first full-time Filipino missionaries called from the Philippines, Catalino Brocka and Emiliano Antonio Jr., were assigned to serve in Hawaii.

October 23, 1966 • Makati, Philippines

After members donated funds and labor to construct their first meetinghouse, Gordon B. Hinckley traveled to the Philippines to dedicate the building.

June 28, 1967 • Philippines

The Philippine Mission was organized.


May 20, 1973 • Manila

The Manila Stake, the first stake in the Philippines, was organized with Augusto A. Lim as stake president.

August 10–12, 1975 • Manila

Spencer W. Kimball, President of the Church, Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President, and other Church leaders attended the first area general conference in the Philippines.

April 1, 1981 • Salt Lake City, Utah

Spencer W. Kimball announced plans to build the Manila Philippines Temple.

October 3, 1983 • Quezon City

The Philippines Missionary Training Center was officially opened.

Manila Philippines Temple

September 25–27, 1984 • Quezon City

The Manila Philippines Temple was dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency.

1987 • Philippines

The Philippines/Micronesia Area was established with headquarters in Manila.

1989 • Philippines

Moises and Consuelo Ozo were the first Filipino couple to serve a mission, assigned to the Philippines Cebu Mission.

December 2–4, 1989 • Quezon City

During an anti-government coup, rebels occupied the temple grounds and some auxiliary buildings around the temple. The coup ended days later, and though the area was bombarded and strafed by air strikes, the temple was unharmed.

1991 • Philippines

Filipinos made up over 75 percent of the missionaries in the 12 missions in the country.

November 5, 1991 • Ormoc, Philippines

Church members sent aid to victims after Tropical Storm Uring (internationally known as Thelma) struck Leyte. Twenty-two Church members were among those killed by the storm.

October 3, 1992 • Philippines

Elder Augusto A. Lim, the first Filipino General Authority, was sustained as a Seventy.

1996 • Salt Lake City

Selections from the Book of Mormon were published in Waray-Waray.

May 30, 1996 • Manila

Over 35,000 people gathered to hear Church President Gordon B. Hinckley address and bless them.

1998 • Philippines

Complete translations of the Book of Mormon were published in Tagalog, Cebuano, and Pangasinan. Selections were published in Bikolano.

February 2002 • Philippines

The Perpetual Education Fund was introduced in the Philippines.

August 2002–August 2004 • Philippines

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles served as President of the Philippines Area of the Church.

2005 • Salt Lake City

A complete translation of the Book of Mormon was published in Hiligaynon.

June 13, 2010 • Cebu City, Philippines

The Cebu City Philippines Temple was dedicated by Church President Thomas S. Monson.

October 2, 2010 • Salt Lake City

Thomas S. Monson announced that a temple would be constructed in Urdaneta City, Philippines, to serve over 100 stakes and districts in Luzon.

April 30–May 1, 2011 • Quezon City

Church members organized a program commemorating 50 years of missionary work in the Philippines.

September 2011 • Philippines

The Church Welfare Department joined efforts with local organizations to distribute food, water, hygiene kits, and other needed items to over 25,000 families after two typhoons caused massive flooding.

May 20, 2012 • Quezon City

Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated a new missionary training center.

2013–14 • Eastern Visayas, Philippines

Church members participated in extensive shelter and relief efforts during and after Typhoon Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan), providing shelter, supplies, and construction training, and even providing local governments with digital backups of genealogical records lost in the storm.

April 2, 2017 • Salt Lake City

Thomas S. Monson announced plans for a second temple in the Manila area, to be built in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

September 10, 2017 • Quezon City

The Mandaluyong Philippines Stake, 100th stake in the Philippines, was organized.

October 7, 2018 • Salt Lake City

President Russell M. Nelson announced the construction of a temple in Davao, Philippines.