January 7, 2015

Philippines Baguio Mission

Free resources about the Philippines Baguio Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Philippines LDS Missions.

Philippines Baguio Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Baguio Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

Philippines Baguio Mission
LDS Chapel National Highway
Brgy. Lingsat, San Fernando City,
2500 La Union
Philippines
Phone Number: 63-72-607-3262
Mission President: President Dominic B. Bangal

Philippines Baguio Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Philippines Baguio Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Baguio Mission:

  1. Log into your LDS account here.
  2. Click here.

Videos with Baguio RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Baguio Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.

Mission Interview

LDS-Friendly Videos about Philippines

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Philippines. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Philippines, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

LDS Church  places  history  food  People and Culture  language  Storms and Natural Disasters  time lapses  nature  traditions

Philippines Baguio Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Baguio Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

Sister Madison Porter madisononamission.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Rhea Walters rheainbaguio.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Tiegue Hennessey eldertieguehennessey.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Richard Miklich elderrichardmiklich.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Elmer Galon eldergalon.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Jaren Strader elderstrader.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Brian Christensen brianinbaguio.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Andrew Cook elderandrewdcook.blogspot.com 2015
Elder MacKay Jones eldermacjones.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Alex Rivera elderalexrivera.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Stacey Bangerter sisterstaceybangerter.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Georgia Morrill georgiaonamission.wordpress.com 2015
Elder Joel Manning missionsite.net/elderjoelmanning 2015
Elder Alec Mikesell elderalecmikesell.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Brookee Golightly brookieinbaguio.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Joni Sawada sistersawada.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Jorden Jackson sisterjordenjackson.blogspot.com 2015
Baguio Mission baguiophilippinesmission.blogspot.com 2014
Elder & Sister Dinkel bradvalarie.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Kathryn Sites butfewaresisters..ites.blogspot.com 2013
Sister Julia Stapp sisterstapp.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Taylor Barney eldertaylorbarney.blogspot.com 2013
President & Sister Monahan thebaguiobeat.blogspot.com 2013
Sister Kimberly Allen lifeeverclear.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Nathaniel Merrill eldernathanieljmerrill.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Tyler Bowers elderbowers.blogspot.com 2012
President & Sister Jensen baguiojensen.blogspot.com 2012
Sister Rebecca Boekweg sisterboekweg.blogspot.com 2011

Philippines Baguio Mission Groups

Here are Baguio Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Baguio Mission.

  1. Baguio Mission Facebook Group (498 members)
  2. Philippines Baguio Mission – Pres Tingey Group (192 members)
  3. Baguio Mission Pres. Hiatt and Christensen Group (144 members)
  4. Philippines Baguio Mission 1982-1985 Group (133 members)
  5. Baguio Mission at iba pa.. Facebook Group (119 members)
  6. LDS Returned Missionaries Baguio Group (110 members)
  7. Baguio Philippines Mission Friends Group (89 members)
  8. Baguio Mission 2013-2016 Facebook Group (40 members)
  9. Baguio Mission Aringay Missionaries Group (33 members)
  10. Philippines Baguio Mission Facebook Group (32 members)
  11. Sisters of the Philippines Baguio Mission Group (14 members)
  12. Philippines Baguio Mission 1995-1999 Group (12 members)
  13. Baguio Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (5 members)
  14. Baguio Mission – President Monahan Group (4 members)

Philippines Baguio Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Philippines Baguio Mission!

Shirt designs include Baguio Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Baguio missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Baguio Mission gifts

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(Fun Fact: John Bytheway served in the Philippines Baguio Mission!)

Philippines Baguio Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Baguio Mission. 

  1. 2016-2019, Dominic B. Bangal
  2. 2013-2016, Anthony John Balledos
  3. 2009-2012, Thomas H. Jensen
  4. 2003-2006, D. Ray Thomas
  5. 2000-2003, Eldon Bowen
  6. 1997-2000, Bruce Robin Christensen
  7. 1994-1997, Roger Hiatt
  8. 1991-1994, Robert Tingey
  9. 1991-1991, Menlo F. Smith
  10. 1988-1991, President Scott
  11. 1985-1988, Heber J. Badger
  12. 1982-1985, Menlo F. Smith
  13. 1979-1982, Robert E. Sackley

Philippines LDS Statistics (2015)

  • Church Membership: 710,764
  • Missions: 21
  • Temples: 2
  • Congregations: 1,181
  • Family History Centers: 171

Helpful Tips about the Philippines (articles written by RMs)

Philippines Baguio Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Baguio RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

When did you serve?

  • October 2009-May 2011 (Rebecca)
  • 2010-2011 (Gennelyn)
  • March 2009-September 2011 (Steven)
  • December 1996-June 1998 (Jennifer)
  • 1992-1994 (JC)
  • 1995-1996 (Corazon)
  • 1997-1998 (Ruth)
  • 1997-1999 (David)
  • 2007-2009 (Ben)
  • 1991-1993 (David)
  • 2009-2011 (Elliot)
  • 2009-2011 (Jennefer)
  • 2013-2014 (May)
  • 2010-2012 (Gio)
  • 2008-2010 (Benjamin)
  • July 2012-2015 (Romneil)
  • 1994-1995 (Olitan)
  • 1999-2000 (Jean)
  • 1994-1996 (Florence)
  • 1989-1990 (Ma Fatima)
  • 1986-1988 (Manolo)
  • 2005-2007 (Reylino)
  • 2004-2006 (Kris)
  • 1992-1993 (Diega)
  • 2003-2005 (Alvin)
  • 1996-1998 (Jenn)
  • 2013-2014 (Charlene)
  • 1992-1993 (Carlito)
  • February 2007 – February 2009 (Dicson)

What cities/areas did you serve in?

  • San Nicholas, San Carlos, Baguio (Jennifer)
  • Batac Ilocos Norte, Urdaneta Pangasinan, Agoo La Union, San Nicolas Ilocos Norte (Jean)
  • Baguio City, San Nicolas Ilocos Norte, Carmen Rosales Pangasinan, Urdaneta Pangasinan. (Florence)
  • Urdenta, Agoo, Dagupan, Loag, Lingayen. (Ma Fatima)
  • Cabugao, Pozorubbio, Rosario, Paoay, Dinalupihan, Tarlac, Dagupan. (Manolo)
  • *Rosario La Union *Alcala Pangasinan *San Carlos City Pangasinan *San Quintin Pangasinan *Bangar La Union *Aguilar 2nd Pangasinan. (Reylino)
  • Pangasinan, Baguio, Rosales, Lingayen, San Fernando. (Kris)
  • San Fernando, La Union; San Juan, La Union; Baguio City; Agoo, La Union; Tayug, Pangasinan; Urdaneta, Pangasinan. (Diega)
  • San Ildefonso/Sto Domingo – Vigan Zone, Urdaneta city – Urdaneta Zone, Naguillian – Bauang Zone, Mangatarem – Lingayen Zone, Calasiao – Dagupan Zone. (Alvin)
  • San Nicholas, San Carlos, Baguio. (Jenn)
  • Damortis (Sto.Tomas Launion), Sevilla (San Fernando, La Union, University (Baguio City), Candon (Ilocos Sur). (Charlene)
  • Baguio City, San Carlos City, Philippines and Urdaneta City, Philippines. (Carlito)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Lumpia! (like an egg roll but better). Pansit Bihon (rice noodle yumminess). Maruya (banana scone). Monggo Guisado. Chicken curry. And they have the Best. Mangoes. Ever. (Rebecca)
  • Adobo, Pancit, Sinagang, Mang Inasal!!!! Fish balls, kikyam, quikquik. NOT BALUT!!!!! Only Sister Norwegian liked that. Lol. (Gennelyn)
  • Pancit, Sinagang, Adobo, Pinakbet. (Steven)
  • Chop suey, pancit, sopas, monggo beans, choyote, mangoes, pineapple, other fruits. (Jennifer)
  • Pansit, lumpia, tocino, menudo. (JC)
  • Igado, pakbet. (Corazon)
  • Pancit, adobo, mungo beans, mangos, mangosteen, ranbutan. The fresh fish and vegitables are amazing too. (Ruth)
  • Bilog bilog, pancit palabok. (David)
  • Bottom line Tocino. (Ben)
  • Pinakbet. Sinigang na baboy. Pancit. (David)
  • Chicken Adobo, Sisig, lumpia, siopao, longganisa. (Elliot)
  • Homemade ice cream in San Juan. Bangus in Dagupan. (Jennefer)
  • Buridibud (a dish with horseradish fruit and sweet potatoes). Pinikpikan (chicken soup). (May)
  • Puto Calasiao haha. (Gio)
  • Bicol express. Tinola. Sinigang baboy. (Benjamin)
  • Mang Inasal! Pigar pigar! Dinakdakan! Sinanglaw! (Romneil)
  • Adobo sinigang packbet. (Olitan)
  • Empanada, Pakbet, Lomi,. (Jean)
  • Filipino dishes. (Florence)
  • Balut, papaitan, kilawin, tinola, paksiw, prito, sugba, dinuguan, cheeseburger, hotdogs, pizza, ice cream, rice, French fries, adobo, lechon. (Manolo)
  • Tupig, sopas, pizza, chicken curry, adobo, sinigang. (Reylino)
  • Dinengdeng, Pakbet, Paksiw, Pancit canton :). (Kris)
  • Kankanin. Deningding. (Diega)
  • Adobo, dinakdakan, papaitan. (Alvin)
  • Monggo beans, arroscaldo, pan it, chop suey, milo. (Jenn)
  • Pinakbet. Dinengdeng. Pinapaitan. Bagnet. Danggit. (Charlene)
  • Pork adobo, pancakes, tuna sandwiches, rice. (Carlito)
  • Relyenong bangus. (Dicson)

What was a funny experience?

  • I had a red umbrella and there was a cow that would always follow me whenever we went in a certain area to visit our investigator. (Rebecca)
  • When I got to go back to my first area as my last area, one of the branch members said to me “we used to have a Sister Eldredge serve here.” I respond, “Bro, that was me.” (Gennelyn)
  • Getting attacked by an elderly woman who wanted to kiss me. She lived in England for decades as a mail order bride and came back to the Philippines at the death of her husband. She called me her son and wanted to kiss me. (Steven)
  • Explaining to people that I grew up a tomboy, then finding out their definition was different than stateside. (Jennifer)
  • I’m sure there were many funny experiences in the way I spoke Tagalog early on. (JC)
  • While my companion and I, Sis. Aquino, walked along the high way going to our apartment, we pretended to be one of the contestants of Miss Universe. Suddenly a car passes beside us and we gave a wave. We have a mission tour in the morning and our Mission President speaks about two missionaries last night who are walking along the road seeming so energetic even though it is late at night. We are shocked and we silently laugh. (Corazon)
  • A random stranger falling asleep on my shoulder on a bus trip. (Ruth)
  • Elder Cook came to dedicate the Bayambang Stake and I didn’t know who he was. When he walked up and shook my hand and I asked who are you and the Elder next to me had to tell me who he was. (David)
  • Eating Balut. (Ben)
  • Pinakbet. Sinigang na baboy. Pancit. (David)
  • Seeing 12 kids crammed into a tricycle. (Elliot)
  • When we had our last dinner appointment, we enjoyed the conversation and found out that its almost time so we hurriedly go home only to find put that the hook on my skirt broke and it slowly sliding down. Whew.
  • We were walking in my last area and were somehow got lost…then we saw some piglets (we actually chased them), then horses, carabaos, ducks, and chickens. (May)
  • I made some jokes about the Mission President at zone conference in tagalog and then afterwards he comes up to me and says my tagalog is really good and it must have been funny but he only speaks English. (Benjamin)
  • Having fun with your companion and housemate. (Romneil)
  • Zone activity in Rosales zone. (Olitan)
  • During a Zone activity, when I am about to get something, I tried run a little not looking where I was going and I almost slipped. (Jean)
  • Many. (Florence)
  • River crossing with necktie on. (Manolo)
  • I left my name tag in the apartment. (Reylino)
  • A missionary asking a tatay, “Tay, kamusta ti bayag (nuts) yo?!” 🙂 (Should’ve been “biyag” meaning “buhay”) Can’t stop laughing about it! :D. (Kris)
  • When the new member offered the closing prayer after our new member discussion, somebody did fart and one of our District leaders says “amen”. (Diega)
  • My whole 2 years was a “funny” experience 🙂 funny in a sense that I had a lot of fun… lol. (Alvin)
  • Some places can be very uncomfortable to walk on specially when it is raining. We went to visit a golden family for the first time. But the location of their house is quite special. They live inside a mountainous area in a forest like location with a lot of slopes where we had to hike up and down. We were in a bit of luck on our first visit to their house because it was raining very hard. On the last slope down to their house (which is quite high), my companion slipped and she ended up sliding all the way down to the front door of the house. She was such a good sport that we and the family ended up laughing our hearts out even before we could introduce ourselves. Oh, good times! (Charlene)
  • When my American companion and I were teased by a black, huge carabao. (Carlito)
  • During family home evening one of my investigator in Basist area. (Dicson)

What was a crazy experience?

  • A few that come to mind: Hiking up the steepest mountain of my life (no trail) wearing only flip-flops. Riding in a tricycle being driven by a drunk guy. Having a drunk guy chase my companion while professing his love to her and having to run into our recent convert’s house to get away from him. (Rebecca)
  • Checking on an investigator who lived in a Bahay Kubo during a typhoon. (Gennelyn)
  • Walking home from the rice fields during a lightning storm where one bolt hit 100 yards away from us. (Steven)
  • A little boy got lost in the market. Language was Ilocano, not Tagalog. Area had a history (long before) of kids getting kidnapped. The little I could understand, I could tell they were mad at me. My companion told them he was probably at his friends house. Had no idea who the kid was or who his friends were there. I couldn’t understand why she would tell them where he might be. I was scared that they wouldn’t find him and that I would be in big trouble. (Jennifer)
  • That I would ride on top of and on the back of Jeepneys and Buses. At the time, I thought is was fun but didn’t think much about the risks. (JC)
  • When we went to our last appointment in upper Fairview in Baguio city with my companion Sis. Melanio, I accidentally jumped in a hole and fainted. Luckily I survived. (Corazon)
  • Always worries on the winding roads to Baguio and the speed they would go sometimes. Not involved in major issues though ever. (Ruth)
  • I was standing on the back of a jeepney with two other elders when the bumper fell off. My hands slipped and I started to fall backwards. (David)
  • Typhoon stage 5! (Ben)
  • This one time my companion and I decided it would be a good idea to teach this pastor and his congregation. The only problem was that we had to pass through 3 NPA checkpoints who all wanted to determine if I was CIA or really a missionary. (David)
  • Riding in a tricycle. (Elliot)
  • When the landlord wanted to invade our privacy and enter our apartment during sacred time. My trainer was so bold and tried not to let him in. Ending, he wants us to leave his apartment. (Jennefer)
  • Waking up at 2 am, worried for one sister missionary who needed immediate medical attention. (May)
  • There’s this one time that we desperately rode a trike and later did we know that the driver’s drunk. Almost died that night hoping to make it and be home before the curfew. (Gio)
  • I had a ex cop pull his gun on me and try get me to drink alcohol. It was funny later. (Benjamin)
  • One area in San Nicolas, we had a family committed for baptism…the house was very far from the town proper. We had an appointment at 7 pm and after the discussion, they invited as for dinner. We missed the last trip back to town so my companion and I had to stop any vehicle that passed by…and we came home to the apartment at 10:00 o’clock. ( Jean)
  • Many. (Florence)
  • Walking without transport under the storm with heavy rains, lightning and thunder. (Manolo)
  • Showed a gun by the investigator. (Reylino)
  • Baptizing a murderer/ex-con!  (Kris)
  • Doing some short cuts late at night then the dog attacked us and bit my skirt. I was so angry why the dog did it then I told the dog “wa kaba kahibalo na missionary me ni Jesus Christ?” (You don’t know that we are missionaries of Jesus Christ?). My companion ( a bisaya also) says, “sister Ilocano na” (sister it’s an Ilicano). I don’t know how to speak Ilocano because I’m new (2-3 months in the field) so I said in Tagalog “hindi mo ba alam kamiy missionary ni Jesus Christ?” The dog bow to the ground and feel sorry. That’s how I feel of the dog’s reaction. (Diega)
  • When we cross a big river on an old suspension bridge just to reach our investigator, the bridge is maybe 200 meters and is swaying. (Alvin)
  • A kid went missing in my first area. A small mob formed accusing the Americans of kidnapping because it had, in fact, happened there a not long ago. My companion told everyone he probably went home or to a friend’s house. They were ready to tear me apart. I also got a really bad haircut that day. It was the only day I felt hated and considered going home. (Jenn)
  • Most of the dangerous experiences that happen in the mission are WHEN THE MISSIONARIES DO NOT FOLLOW THE MISSION RULES. My companion and I went to this unexplored road in the area that we were assigned to. We passed by this house where the old man tried to have a small talk with us. We invited him to listen to our lesson, but we were just hoping to get an appointment with him so that we could come back. Then he said sure and told us to have the lesson inside his house at that very moment. There was a mission rule that instructed us that we are not to teach opposite sex alone (just the three of us). Eager to have a lesson we ignored the rule and had a lesson with the old man. I’m here to tell you that it didn’t go well. Instead of getting out of the house with uplifted and happy feeling, we went out with fear and trauma. Nothing bad happened to us, but what happened was enough that we ask our District Leader to give us both a blessing of comfort right after we visited the old man. So, always be obedient. (Charlene)
  • My companion and I tried to cross the creek on a single iron bar-bridge…I was fell down and got so wet with my stuff. (Carlito)
  • During a typhoon I did not remember, but I was in Lingayen area. (Dicson)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • The most spiritual experiences I had usually dealt with teaching people how to pray and hearing them pray from the heart out loud for the first time. Also teaching lessons & feeling the spirit put words into my mouth and scriptures in my head that I needed to share to help someone. (Rebecca)
  • Seeing a dropped investigator bless the sacrament and baptize a different investigator when I came back. (Gennelyn)
  • An investigator family getting nagged by their old church but held firm to their testimony of the Book of Mormon. Also, an investigator woman completely changing her attitude towards everything once we prayerfully answered one of her questions. When she realized why priesthood authority was so important, she committed. (Steven)
  • The mother of a family we were teaching, told us in a quiet moment away from the family, that the church had changed her husband. He used to be verbally and sometimes physically abusive, unyielding in his opinions and demanding. He had found peace and was now a better father. Sometimes physically abusive, unyielding in his opinions and demanding. He had found peace and was now a better father and husband. It was not a topic that we ever discussed or even knew about. Their baptism was scheduled for the week after I left, but didn’t want them to feel rushed. I love how the gospel heals. (Jennifer)
  • I had many. I felt so loved by many people I had the opportunity to come in contact with. (JC)
  • When I am in my second to last area which is in Lingayen zone in Pangasinan, Philippines, I have super righteous zone leaders and district leaders. The Spirit is amazing…I love it. I also love the area and saints there. (Corazon)
  • Oh too many…feeling the prompting to speak to someone, sharing my testimony in the language the first time and not even remembering what was said but being told that was an amazing job by my companion. (Ruth)
  • When I was falling backwards after my hands slipped, I felt someone push me from behind. Because of that I was able to grab hold of the bar. After we stopped, I thanked the other two elders who were on either side of me for saving my life. They both professed to have been too busy saving their own lives to help me. It was then that I knew there were angels among us. (David)
  • The whole two years. (Ben)
  • Seeing families accept the gospel, first baptism. (Elliot)
  • When I came in my last area, I found out that we need to double our time finding people to teach. There was this family whose father is not always around because he works in Manila and the missionary before us haven’t tried to talk to him. Luckily, when its our turn teach him the restoration, we extended him the invitation to be baptize for the first time and he said yes. My companion and I were so touched and we wanted to shout for joy. The whole family are now members of the church. (Jennefer)
  • My first baptism in the field! (May)
  • I was in a class when I was new and could barely say simple Tagalog when the class was about sustaining leaders and I noticed some heated discussions even though I didn’t understand. I stood up and spoke Tagalog chastising the members. I only knew what I said when my companion told me later. (Benjamin)
  • A lot! Receiving revelation for your investigators! (Romneil)
  • We had many spiritual experiences but what I liked the most was kneeling in a prayer with those families we came to baptized. (Jean)
  • Seeing our contacts believe and live the gospel. (Manolo)
  • Baptism in the river. (Reylino)
  • Baptizing a crippled convert who had to do some acrobatic moves just to make it through the stairs of the meeting house…and having to baptize him while sitting on a plastic chair! a very touching sight! (Kris)
  • When people change from their old bad habits when they become members and miracles done and experienced done in the mission. (Diega)
  • When I experienced the “still small voice” warning me of an impending danger ahead of me which I didn’t listen because I thought at that time I was only hearing myself (even if it occurs at least 3 times)… but somehow I learned my lesson and I knew that the Spirit of the Lord does guide each of us. (Alvin)
  • Being told by the mother of a family that her husband no longer mentally and physically abused her or the kids because of the gospel. It never came up in conversation until a few days before their baptisms. (Jenn)
  • There are some areas which do not have any mode of transportation anymore when it is night time. My companion and I had the luck to get stuck in these locations a couple of times. Everyone was saying that we would have to walk all the way out of that location by foot when we stayed too late. And it is true. We had to walk quite a distance to get out of there by foot. So my companion and I had this little miracle song that we sang (with the lyrics of “Heavenly Father are you really there, can you please send a trike/tricycle from somewhere), and in no time, a trike suddenly appears out of nowhere and we didn’t have to walk anymore. We frequently asked the tricycle drivers why they were at that location at that hour, and we always got the response that “they just felt that they had to go through that location or suddenly they had to go out of the house to buy something”. They became our investigators and we even got a chance to find inactive members because of that. Missionary life is full of miracles. I testify! (Charlene)
  • Every time we had good lesson and perfect discussion with our investigators. (Carlito)
  • During my personal prayer I really really feel the presence of the Holy Ghost. (Dicson)

What are some interesting facts about the Baguio Mission?

  • The mission home used to be in Baguio city, but they moved it, since the roads would always get washed out when there are typhoons. There was a really bad typhoon that hit the mission right before I got there (fall of 2009). The Urdaneta Temple was announced in 2010 (before the Baguio mission was split & the Urdaneta mission was created), but they haven’t broken ground yet. (Rebecca)
  • It is the best. It has been split into two. The third Philippines temple will be built there. (Gennelyn)
  • I served what is now the Urdaneta Mission, where a temple will be built. But it was all under Baguio a few years back. It is one of the most modernized areas of the country, and Pangasinan is one of the most populated provinces in the country. (Steven)
  • I love how the first missionaries were sent with humanitarian purposes, but they still planted the seeds of faith. (Jennifer)
  • My first few weeks were very difficult. The weather, the language, the food, the culture, but I began to stop thinking about my own personal comforts and learned to love my environment. I had so much support from other missionaries, members and even non-members and for that I am very grateful. (JC)
  • At the time of my service way back in 1996 to 1996, Baguio Mission is number one in all missions in the Philippines with regards to baptism. No wonder why we will have soon a temple in Pangasinan. (Corazon)
  • Best mission on earth, no kidding. (David)
  • It’s been split 😬. (Ben)
  • Baguio city is the summer Capitol of the Philippines. (Elliot)
  • Baguio has a cold weather especially during December to February. I experienced a time when I saw ice crystals when I attended the conference. Dagupan is an area in Baguio mission and is known for the growing of Bangus and Tilapia (these are fish whom the Filipino love to eat). (Jennefer)
  • One area is in Baguio City, the summer capital in the Philippines. It’s COLD up there. (May)
  • My Mission President ended his ministry without eating Balut egg. 🙂 (Gio)
  • I was the only one who had a English trainer in the mission. (Romneil)
  • A record breaking 16 baptisms in a month. I had the same companion twice. (Jean)
  • During our time…..Philippines Baguio Mission became the top baptizing mission all over the world! (Manolo)
  • Lions head, haha. (Reylino)
  • Battled through trials & severe persecutions from other people including fellow missionaries yet coming out a better, stronger and wiser person after the experience! (Kris)
  • We are true missionaries of Jesus Christ. (Diega)
  • My mission was dubbed as the best mission in the world, (well at least by those who served in it). (Alvin)
  • The superstitions are plentiful. Loved that the first missionaries were service missionaries that taught how to boil water and other hygiene related tasks. You can survive cold showers. (Jenn)
  • There are some areas which do not have any mode of transportation anymore when it is night time. My companion and I had the luck to get stuck in these locations a couple of times. Everyone was saying that we have to walk all the way out of that location by foot when we stay too late And it is true. We had to walk quite a distance to get out of there by foot. So my companion and I have this little miracle song that we sang (with the lyrics of “Heavenly Father are you really there, can you please send a trike/tricycle from somewhere), and in no time, a trike suddenly appears out of nowhere and we didn’t have to walk anymore. We frequently asked the tricycle drivers why they were at that location by that hour, and we always get the response that “they just felt that they have to go through that location or suddenly they had to go out of the house to buy something”. They became our investigators and we even got a chance to find in-active members because of that. Missionary life is full of miracles. I testify! (Charlene)
  • Every time we had good lesson and perfect discussion with our investigators. When we felt the spirit during the discussion. (Carlito)
  • Teach the investigators and see change their life through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. (Dicson)

What was the weather like?

  • It’s very hot & sunny year round. We just slept with a sheet is all. Too hot for blankets. Humid. Dry from about December to May, and then it’s the rainy season. And when it rains, it pours! Up in Baguio it can get a little cooler, so you’ll probably want a fleece blanket and jacket if you get assigned to serve in that area (I never did, but I did notice it got a little cool occasionally at night when I served in Caba which is somewhat close to Baguio) and I remember thinking how a fleece blanket would’ve been nice at times. But I survived fine without it. I brought a nice raincoat but never used it. No one wears them. Too bulky/hot, and you’ll get drenched anyway so there’s not much point. (Rebecca)
  • Hot and humid. (Gennelyn)
  • Really hot for half the year with constant rain during the other half. (Steven)
  • Humid or rainy. (Jennifer)
  • Very Hot most of the time. (JC)
  • The whether is fine . In Baguio city where our mission home is located, it is very cold. (Corazon)
  • Hot and hot or hot and rainy. (Ruth)
  • Hot, humid, both in rain and shine. (David)
  • Humid. (Ben)
  • Two seasons. Hot and Hot/Wet. (David)
  • Very very hot and humid. Rainy season and a dry season. (Elliot)
  • Tropical but it’s hotter in Dagupan. (Jennefer)
  • Baguio and La Trinidad areas are cold, the others are warm. (May)
  • It’s hotter than people think. There are some very skilled carvers in the mission. John Bytheway served in our mission. (Benjamin)
  • It’s hot and high humid. It is terrible when there’s a heavy rain and your tracting and when you got inside the house of an investigator or LA you are sweating a little lot! (Romneil)
  • Natural weather. (Olitan)
  • Hot and Rainy. (Jean)
  • Hot during sunny days and wet during rainy days. (Manolo)
  • Cold in winter, hot in summer. (Reylino)
  • Hot, super hot! Wet and super wet! 🙂 Experienced several storms while in the field…yet survived it all! (Kris)
  • We experienced rainy days and storms. (Diega)
  • Perfect for proselyting or tracting, just make sure you have a Camel pack. (Alvin)
  • Hot and humid or hot and rainy. (Jenn)
  • Here is the catch, when people say Baguio, it means that you would expect a cold and foreign like location in the Philippines. But, when you say Philippines Baguio Mission, do not expect that you would be in the cold foreign like location for the rest of your mission. Just don’t, because 80% of your time in this mission would be spent in hot and humid locations. So be prepared with outfits that would keep you from having heat stroke. (Charlene)
  • Awesome, we had rainy days some with sunny days..(Carlito)
  • Sunny day. (Dicson)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • My Filipino companions were all so sweet! Very affectionate and relationship-oriented. I love how it is a very collectivist culture (they seem to be less individualistic/selfish in a lot of ways). The people are so happy and fun-loving and cute.  I love seeing all the banana trees, coconut trees, beautiful sunsets, hammocks everywhere, caribou cooling off in mud puddles, & lightning at night in the sky over the ocean…It’s fun hearing roosters and Jeepney honks in the mornings. I loved riding on the trike bikes and tricycles. They’re so much fun! I love the colorful houses and Jeepneys and just the overall fun atmosphere. Filipinos love to have fun and be goofy. I could go on & on, but it was such an amazing place to serve. It was like I was living in a whole different world, or like I had just stepped into a movie or a national geographic magazine. It felt very surreal at times. (Rebecca)
  • Everything. (Gennelyn)
  • They subconsciously served. They weren’t openly selfish. They were polite, poor, and had strong faith when they knew the truth. (Steven)
  • How much I learned from them. Their examples of humility and commitment to family were awesome. (Jennifer)
  • Many of the people I interacted with were very generous with their time. There were not a lot of distractions. I’m not sure if this is still the case though since many people now have access to the internet. (JC)
  • The place is very beautiful and the people I loved so much because of their hospitality and kindness. (Corazon)
  • They are some of the sweetest kindest people you will ever know. Will give the shirt off their back if you asked. Humble and teachable. (Ruth)
  • They were humble and were not afraid to share what they believed. (David)
  • Kindest, happiest people alive. (Ben)
  •  They’re very humble and giving. (Elliot)
  • The people are loving and cheerful. They love the missionaries. (Jennefer)
  • They are so happy, generous, and loving! (May)
  • People are very nice and receptive to missionaries. (Gio)
  • Two seasons: hot and hotter. (Benjamin)
  • Carmen branch. (Olitan)
  • They are wonderful people…you come to love them no matter who they are…their status in life does not matter or if they come to love you back…because the time serving them is so short, I felt I just have to give my all. (Jean)
  • People are friendly and the place is beautiful. (Manolo)
  • They are respectful and happy. (Reylino)
  • Very frugal, creative, resourceful, hospitable and generous! People willing to give you even the most precious thing they have just to try and feed or accommodate a humble servant of the Lord. (Kris)
  • The place has its unique beauty and the people are warm and loving. (Diega)
  • People are humble, hospitable and receptive, they are also friendly and they have a high regard for young men with white shirt and tie. (Alvin)
  • That there were few workaholics. When the sun went down, they went home to their families. Loved the beauty of the mountainside and the humility of the people. (Jenn)
  • They are very loving and hospitable. (Charlene)
  • Very hospitable …(Carlito)
  • I like the place I served in, Basista Branch. All the members in that area are very supportive in doing missionary works, especially all the leaders in that area. (Dicson)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Umbrella to keep the sun off and when it rains. (preferably a stronger one that will hold up with strong winds, but not so big that it will be a hassle to carry around everywhere). & make sure it’s not a red one or you might have cows following you around, haha 😉 Don’t worry about a raincoat. I also wouldn’t worry about getting really expensive/heavy-duty shoes, because they will get all wet and muddy anyway. When I was there most of the sisters just wore dressy Crocs (you can get some on Amazon- they’re also available in the Philippines but the selection may vary in different areas. You’ll probably go through a few of them). Maybe bring a hat to keep the sun off on P-days/when you do service projects. (Rebecca)
  • Bring lightweight clothing. Wear fancier looking Crocs as your shoes. (Gennelyn)
  • Waterproof everything is a huge plus. If serving in the mountains, you need a thicker blanket for nights which can get down to 50 F. American umbrellas are better than Philippine umbrellas. Don’t depend too heavily on electronics: the outlets burn out American electronics plugged into the wall. (Steven)
  • I hated wearing glasses, but didn’t want to take all of the solutions required for soft contact lenses. Hard lenses required a lot less solution, but I would’ve taken an extra set. I did take calcium pills, and felt that that was helpful because there were not many milk products available. Taking more mosquito repellent would’ve been helpful as well. (Jennifer)
  • Pack light, don’t bring anything that you think you’ll want to take home with you. (JC)
  • Pack sturdy sandals and a hand towel at all times because of dust in traveling. An umbrella and something to use for a fan also. (Ruth)
  • Pack light, Philippine airlines will most likely lose your luggage anyway. They lost mine. (David)
  • Don’t buy anything expensive pre-mission…save up to buy cheap pants that breathe better than anything out there. (Ben)
  • Don’t bring a suit coat. (Elliot)
  • First things first. Pack only things that are important because as you stay, your things will accumulate. (Jennefer)
  • Bring light clothes (you’ll probably stay in warm areas most of the time). But don’t forget to bring sweaters in case you’ll be up in Baguio for the cold season (October to February). BTW, you can buy a lot of new clothes wherever you are in the mission for preparation days (personal money of course!). (May)
  • Make sure shoes can handle the wet weather. Pack mostly short sleeves. (Benjamin)
  • Just bring you think enough for you. (Romneil)
  • Am not really good in packing. (Jean)
  • Bring poncho/raincoat and umbrella. (Manolo)
  • Just bring an umbrella and lots of patience. (Reylino)
  • Roll your shirts and arrange/organize them in such a way that you can easily get what you need. “Travel light!” Bring only the bare necessities and leave behind stuff you can do/live without. :). (Kris)
  • Just follow what’s on the missionary instructions and you’ll be alright. (Alvin)
  • I took hard contact lenses (couldn’t get used to glasses, less solution to pack than soft lenses). Calcium supplements. Spend the extra money for high quality shoes and clothing. They will last longer than anything that can be purchased there unless you get the tire tread put on your shoes. (Jenn)
  • Just follow the standard from missionary department. (Carlito)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • So many! Where do I start? First off, I learned A TON about myself- my weaknesses and strengths. I grew in compassion, patience, temperance, people-skills, and confidence. I feel like the mission opened my eyes to the world and made me more grateful & less materialistic/selfish. Helped me to realize what the most important things in life are and made certain things (things that used to be important to me or that I would stress over) seem so insignificant in comparison. I didn’t get as stressed out with school after I got back & doing other hard things seemed a little easier than before. The mission prepared me so much for marriage/motherhood. And my testimony grew leaps and bounds. I thought I had a really strong testimony before I went out, but my it grew SO much on the mission. I came to understand the gospel so much better and my convictions grew stronger & I’m able to explain those convictions to others lots easier now. Also an added perk is that now I can speak to my sister in a secret language that nobody knows! (she was called to the Philippines after I got back). (Rebecca)
  • A firm love of the people, confidence in self, patience with myself. (Gennelyn)
  • People say a lot of bad things about Tagalog, but it has been a huge blessing for me. Speaking a dying language is a rarity that most people won’t experience. The culture also has its benefits over American culture, such as with hygiene and basic politeness. (Steven)
  • Being able to find gratitude in almost everything. I grew up with four brothers, three of which were pretty abusive. Turned me into a bitter person, but I was really able to forgive them through serving others. Being able to share my experiences with my kids so that they are better prepared to serve their own missions. Expanded my knowledge of the gospel. Helped me see the wisdom in following the prophet, that whatever I didn’t understand, I can always trust them. (Jennifer)
  • I received a great many blessings, but one that I will mention is humility. I learned that we’re all God’s children and that it doesn’t matter where we are born. (JC)
  • Full knowledge about the true gospel of Jesus Christ. A lot of friends worldwide. A strong testimony of the divinity of our Savior, Jesus Christ. A strong testimony of our living Prophets up to and including today. (Corazon)
  • Increased awareness of what really matters. Seeing people truly as my brothers and sisters. Increased compassion and love for my fellowmen. Testimony, wow, that has been the biggest blessing. Knowing the church is true and staying strong no matter the trials in life. (Ruth)
  • I gained a greater appreciation for my own country. (David)
  • Too many. (Ben)
  • Many cherished memories. (Elliot)
  • Testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, our Savior, Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. Love for the Lord and His children. My faith was strengthened. Various opportunities to serve the ward and the members. (Jennefer)
  • A LOT!!! Can’t name every single thing! But the companionship of the Spirit is always my number one! (May)
  • Developing a greater love for our Heavenly Father, Savior and everyone I meet. (Gio)
  • Tagalog. Friends. Family. Business options. (Benjamin)
  • Maturity and the self mastery specially when it comes to keeping the commandments. (Romneil)
  • The temple and good living. (Olitan)
  • Finding my Eternal Companion who is also a returned missionary, and having two wonderful girls in my life right now….and being strong in the testimony that we have, being able to serve as Relief Society in my ward now…and to continually serve our families and the people around me…are some of the blessings I received. (Jean)
  • Many. (Florence)
  • I became a doctor and provided plenty to my family. (Manolo)
  • Confidence to face any challenges. (Reylino)
  • The most beautiful, kind, loving, spiritual and witty wife in the world!:) Knowing how to interact with people from all walks of life. (Kris)
  • Christlike attributes. (Diega)
  • During one of my Mission President’s interviews, he specifically mentioned that “your mission will give you a job”… after my mission, after struggling to land my dream job, I was hired to one of the biggest companies in my country, I am up against many applicants whom I believe more qualified or have better credentials than me. We all passed the exams (I assume as we were all qualified for the final interview), but during my turn, the interviewer was so intrigued with the “2 years as a volunteer for the Latter Day Saint church” written on my resume and so my interview ended in me giving a discussion about prophets, restoration of the priesthood, families can be eternal and so on… and not a single question was asked about my supposed role to do if I get the job… in short I was hired. A fulfillment of my Mission President’s blessing. (Alvin)
  • Being able to do hard things with a good attitude. Laundry is 1000 times easier in the states. Also learned water conservation. I can also find something to be appreciative of in any situation. Still blessed every day still with gratitude and a strong testimony. (Jenn)
  • Helped myself be more converted in the gospel, strong leadership in and outside the church, being a good citizen..(Carlito)
  • I became strong to face the trials because of the gospel and I feel I’m always guided of the Holy Ghost. (Dicson)

What are some skills you gained?

  • I learned how to cook with fresh garlic & how to make lumpia and chicken curry. I learned how to shower with a bucket. I learned to get outside my comfort zone and start up random conversations with people. I learned how to teach. I learned Tagalog!
  • Communication. (Gennelyn)
  • Discipline and faith. Personal issues made my mission hard. But God never gave up on me. I still have a hard time trying to understand why. (Steven)
  • Being able to find the good in everyone, talk to anyone about anything. Be more outgoing, grateful, and humble. (Jennifer)
  • I believe I have learned many skills that have benefited my family, those I work with and more. (JC)
  • Able to talk everyone confidently and with a conviction and persuasive power of sharing my testimony. (Corazon)
  • Love of lending a hand, service. Hard work. Confidence in language skills and public speaking. (Ruth)
  • I learned that it was possible for me to speak in front of people. (David)
  • Hard work. (Ben)
  • Daily, weekly and long term planning. (Elliot)
  • I learned how to cook. Interacting and getting to know well the people. I became more accommodating. (Jennefer)
  • COOKING and CLEANING skills definitely! Is doing laundry a skill too? hehe. (May)
  • Cooking. (Gio)
  • Language. Teaching skills. Control. (Benjamin)
  • Very good communication skills. (Romneil)
  • How to teach and how to handle now. (Olitan)
  • Cooking, BRT, and teaching are some I wish I did. (Jean)
  • Speaking. (Florence)
  • Teaching, speaking Ilocano, adjusting to people, listening, planning, follow through, supervision, reporting, evaluation. (Manolo)
  • Teaching skills. (Reylino)
  • Interpersonal communication. Language and conversation skills. Empathy. Financial management leadership. (Kris)
  • Teaching and love. (Diega)
  • Being able to talk to people confidently which is the skill I needed most as I used to be a shy person 🙂 (Alvin)
  • Being more assertive, able to ask hard questions. Living in the moment. (Jenn)
  • Planning. A skill that really makes a difference in life.  (Charlene)
  • Was able to learned how to cook, do the laundry and developed study habit. (Carlito)
  • Confidence in myself and how to talk to the people in a humble way. (Dicson)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • I wish I had learned to let go of the things I couldn’t control and just made the best of the things I could control. I also wish I had not been so resistant of certain aspects of the culture at first, but just embraced it. (Rebecca)
  • No matter if you don’t get a single baptism, if you know you are doing your best, God is pleased with you. (Gennelyn)
  • To speak the language! Talk to strangers. You’ll probably never see them again. Who cares what they think. Who cares if your language is bad. The Spirit speaks louder through the weak things of the earth. (Steven)
  • To put names on the pictures of people that I took. I didn’t think I would ever forget their names. I wish I would have began every discussion with a song as well, to bring in the spirit. (Jennifer)
  • Don’t worry about a girlfriend back home. (JC)
  • I was baptized at age of 23 and if I knew the church before, I may say I will go on a mission at an early age of 18. I regret that I was not able to be a young women. But it is cool to be in Relief Society though. (Corazon)
  • More knowledge of the scriptures….more study of them. Knowing the language comes from reading the scriptures aloud to yourself so you read, speak and hear the language. (Ruth)
  • I wish I had attended seminary instead of skipping out. It would have helped me, big time. (David)
  • That your attitude towards service is more important than you realize. (Elliot)
  • I wish I could study well the Preach My Gospel and the memorize more of the scripture masteries so anytime I could give scripture verses. (Jennefer)
  • A study plan including the Preach My Gospel and the FOUR standard works. (May)
  • Deep knowledge/understanding of the scriptures. (Gio)
  • I wish I knew that Filipino sounds were the same as other Polynesian languages. I wish the teachers at the Mission Training Center knew the tones better and not just the words. (Benjamin)
  • Nothing! It’s best when it comes as a surprise. (Romneil)
  • Good people and good place. (Olitan)
  • I wish I didn’t bring long skirts back then, it’s hard for proselyting. (Jean)
  • Dialect. (Florence)
  • I wish I knew Ilocano in advance. (Manolo)
  • Scripture…strong testimony… (Reylino)
  • Answers to some doctrinal questions. Scripture verses that help a lot. Commitment pattern. Empathy. Genuine love-no matter how they respond to your message (weather negatively or positively). (Kris)
  • I wish I was able to speak and understand the local dialect right at the start of my mission. (Alvin)
  • To take more clothes to leave behind with the members. Should have taken insect repellent. (Jenn)
  • I wish I prepared and set myself not to be swayed by the thinking that being a successful missionary means if you are the top in stats (which is not true). (Charlene)
  • Speak English language well and be a good communicator. (Carlito)
  • I wish my companion was not a terror, hahahha. (Dicson)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Baguio?

  • Preach repentance at every opportunity. Be bold. Don’t beat around the bush when teaching about the law of chastity, or they won’t get it. Make sure they understand the dangers of pornography (which is a growing problem in the Philippines). Be kind to the poor. Leave America back home. Don’t be one of those Americans who gets together with other Americans at zone activities to talk about/make fun of Filipino culture. Embrace the culture and learn to love it. Don’t go for yourself- go to serve. Give your whole heart, & don’t hold anything back. Don’t get distracted with news from home or other personal affairs back home- it robs you from having the fullest experience possible. The mission goes by so fast & you don’t realize it until it’s over. Completely lose yourself. Be a missionary even on P-day. Don’t just follow the status quo of what others are doing- be the kind of missionary you know you can/should be. Talk to EVERYONE even if other missionaries don’t. & record your experiences! (Rebecca)
  • See above. Give yourself time to learn the language, but study hard. (Gennelyn)
  • Yes, you are weak. But do not let that stop you. God works through the weak things. These people need love and the Gospel as much as you do. Do not contribute to the discrimination that takes place between whites and Filipinos in the field. (Steven)
  • No matter your reasons for going on a mission, find the right reasons to be an obedient missionary and complete your commitment. You’re always going to get back more than you receive. (Jennifer)
  • Get ready for the best time of your life. That said missionary work is hard. There will be times where you struggle, but there will also be many great and wonderful experiences. You will meet people that you will not forget. (JC)
  • Read the Book of Mormon in its entirety. Be spiritually, physically and emotionally prepared. I love my mission. Mission is hard and challenging but it is rewarding, enjoyable and never to forget experiences. You will not regret it. You will grow on the mission. (Corazon)
  • Study like I said the scriptures in the language. Love your companions and the people you serve. Enjoy the differences that are good around you. Work hard so you have nothing to regret. (Ruth)
  • Learn to love rice. (David)
  • Your going to love it. (Ben)
  • Solid knowledge of the Gospel will help immensely on your mission. Joseph Smith warned of zeal not according to knowledge. Study all you can. Then lose yourself in service. (David)
  • Serve the people and work hard. (Elliot)
  • You have to prepare yourselves in all areas – spiritually, emotionally, physically – because you have to make use of the Lord’s time wisely and develop the talents He has given you. Learn to love the people around you, be more kinder and patience, always have a cheerful heart and wear a smile. (Jennefer)
  • Be a missionary long before you APPLY for mission! (May)
  • “What appears today a sacrifice, will be your greatest investment” -Gordon B. Hinckley (not the exact words). (Gio)
  • Have fun but be obedient. (Benjamin)
  • Just do the things you know that is correct and confines with the Laws of God. (Romneil)
  • Follow the leader and love your companion. (Olitan)
  • Obedience with exactness, love the leaders in your area and the people in your mission, always counsel with the leaders. Love your companion. Pray always. (Jean)
  • Search, ponder and pray about the Book of Mormon. (Florence)
  • Serving an honorable mission will bless you life forever…(Manolo)
  • …just enjoy. (Reylino)
  • Learn the language is you are serious about succeeding and touching people’s lives! Eat whatever food they offer (as long as edible) 😀 Learn to study, be patient, humble (and other Christ-like attributes) Persevere. (Kris)
  • They know and feel that the Book of Mormon is true. Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God. God will continue to call apostles and prophets today. Priesthood is Gods power to act in His name to Priesthood members of His Church. God lives and Jesus is the Christ. (Diega)
  • Just be spiritually and physically prepared. It would be difficult to try to bring the spirit to the people you teach if you don’t have it yourself. Read the scriptures and try to understand even the basic doctrines of the church. Talk to the “old” people of the church who have a strong testimony of the church. (Alvin)
  • Let go of what you think you know about people. Keep the mission rules and you will always be protected. Strengthen your testimony before you go because it’s going to get tested. Have no fear. (Jenn)
  • Do not forget nor let anything make you forget your purpose as a missionary. The work is truly the Lord’s and not the missionaries’. (Charlene)
  • Just make a habit of reading the Book of Mormon. (Carlito)
  • I remember my branch president in my home branch. He told me be obedient even in small roles in a mission, because it will reflect in your life after your mission. (Dicson)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Our investigator told us that he had to take care of his pigs (“baboy”) on Sunday, but I thought he was referring to his kids (“bata”) and so I told him he should just bring his pigs along with him to church.
    I also learned the difference between wakas (end/finish) and wasak (destroy) after saying “we’d like to destroy this lesson with a prayer.” (Rebecca)
  • No, not that I can think of. (Gennelyn)
  • Pusa is cat. Puso is heart. Don’t mix them up. Aklat is book. Bakla is transwomen. Don’t mix them up. (Steven)
  • Too many. (Jennifer)
  • There were many. Get ready to make mistakes and don’t be afraid to make them. Speaking with children is also an effective way to learn since their vocabulary is limited and they speak slowly and clearly. (JC)
  • The language there is definitely hard to speak but I can manage and was able to learn it. ” Haan ka agsaludsod, sumurot ka latta.” meaning, ” don’t ask questions just follow.” (Corazon)
  • I said the prayer the first time in a meeting with our bishop and said the word cat instead of heart….”Let the spirit enter our cat” hahaha. (Ruth)
  • I tried to teach some kids the hokey pokey and was nearly assaulted by a mob of angry women. Don’t sing that song over there, it’s not the hokey, it’s the pokey. (David)
  • I was trying to say you will have a future baptism but it came out, not too appropriately.  (Ben)
  • This one time I had to interview some candidates for baptism. My companion interviewed the mom and I interviewed the kids. I guess my accent was really bad or perhaps it was because they spoke very little Tagalog being Ilokano, but when I asked the daughter if she used sigarilyo, she say ‘yes’. I was taken aback because why would an 11 year old girl be using cigarettes. When I pressed her on the topic she admitted that she took it from her dad’s box and shared it with her brother behind the house. I told her that Jesus did not want her doing that anymore and if she promised not to do that anymore, she could be baptized but not until next week. Come Monday, I see her baptismal certificate, not signed by me but by the bishop. I asked the sister missionary why she was permitted to be baptized as she had been using cigarettes. The sister says to me. “Elder, hindi sigarilyo, kundi sipiliyo.” (Elder, not cigarette, but toothbrush) Shocked, I realized my error. I said, “Oh no sister, I made her commit not to brush her teeth ever again”. To which the sister jokingly replied, “That explains why her teeth were so filthy at the baptism.” She assured me that it was all straightened out.  (David)
  • When I couldn’t understand people, I would just say “really”? Or “yeah”? (Elliot)
  • When my junior companion is teaching about the Book of Mormon and said something else instead of Tower of Babel. Sorry I forgot the word. (Jennefer)
  • Oh!!! Ahahahaha! I’ve been hearing the word “agbasol” for our Gospel of Jesus Christ lessons a lot, and I thought it means “repent” (basol means ‘repent’ in my native tongue – Cebuano). I’ve been saying,”For us to be baptized, agbasol tayon!”; which actually mean “For us to be baptize, we SIN!” It’s actually the opposite meaning in Ilokano!!! (May)
  • My companion meant to say “as part of the atonement Jesus Christ was killed by the bad people” instead he said”as part of the atonement Jesus Christ killed the bad people”. (Benjamin)
  • Elocano. (Olitan)
  • Mistranslation of Ilocano phrase ay-ayatin kita …into good morning. (Manolo)
  • When you pass by a person don’t say aglabus kme pay..because in Tagalog it means you take off your clothes. (Reylino)
  • Aglabas (dadaanan/pass by) vs aglabos (maghuhubad/get naked). (Kris)
  • My 1st trainee who was an American, during our first lesson with our investigator who was a candidate for baptism, we felt the Spirit so strongly and he was prompted to bear his testimony when he said in Tagalog “…I know these things to be true and I can feel it in my cat…” he confused himself between pusa or cat and puso or heart 🙂 (Alvin)
  • Pangalatok language because I did not know the meaning of walay ba aw yoh hahahha. It was too much funny when I knew the meaning of those words. (Dicson)