January 7, 2015

Philippines Cavite Mission

Free resources about the Philippines Cavite Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Philippines LDS Missions.

Philippines Cavite Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Cavite 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 Cavite Mission
Avenida St. Pag-asa Subdivision
Molino, Bacoor City
4102 Cavite
Philippines
Phone Number: 63-46 518 4012
Mission President: President Aaron B. Speirs

Philippines Cavite Mission Map

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

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

Videos with Cavite RMs

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

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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 Cavite Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Cavite 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.)

Elder Braden Richards mymission.com/elderbradenrichards 2017
Sister Teal Zimmerman sister-zimmerman.blogspot.com 2017
President & Sister Speirs cavitemission.blogspot.com 2016
President & Sister Tye cavitebound.blogspot.com 2016
Elder & Sister Petersen danddpetersenmission.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Aitana Alapa sisteraitanaalapa.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Xcyl Ruiz Lorenzo xcylruizlorenzo.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Lui Milford instagram.com/luimilford 2016
Sister Lauren Arnson sisterlaurenraearnson.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Dayna Bergeson sisterdaynabergeson.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Hunter Burbidge hunterburbidgemission.wordpress.com 2015
Elder Myles Collins mylesawayinthephilippines.blogspot.com 2015
Sister San Pascual sistersanpascual.wordpress.com 2015
Sister Desiree Atay desireeatay19.wordpress.com 2015
Elder Adam Lasley elderlasley.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Ty Johnston facebook.com/ElderJohnston..CaviteMission 2015
Sister Jaclyn Hamm sisterhamm.blogspot.com 2014
Sister McKenna Mayberry sistermayberry.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Jordan Anderson missionsite.net/elderjordananderson 2014
Elder David Crocker david.crocker.cc/mission 2014
Elder David Crocker missionsite.net/eldercrocker 2013
Sister Chiedu Nkwocha sisterincavite.blogspot.com 2013

Philippines Cavite Mission Groups

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

  1. Philippines Cavite Mission Families Group (60 members)
  2. Philippines Cavite Mission Facebook Group (57 members)
  3. Philippines Cavite Mission Facebook Group (8 members)

Philippines Cavite Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Philippines Cavite Mission!

Shirt designs include Cavite 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: Cavite missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Cavite Mission gifts

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Recommended Mission Prep Books

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

Philippines Cavite Mission Presidents

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

  1. 2016-2019, Aaron B. Speirs
  2. 2013-2016, Douglas C. Tye

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 Cavite Missionary Survey

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

When did you serve?

  • 2014-2016 (Aljon)
  • 2014-2015 (Taimani)
  • November 2013-May 2015 (Jessica)
  • 2013-2015 (McKay)
  • 2013-2015 (Lauren)
  • 2013-2015 (Maeghan)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Kawit, San Pedro, Silang and Bacoor. (Aljon)
  • Alfonso, Cavite; Molino, Bacoor, Cavite; Dasmarinas, Cavite; Maragondon, Cavite; Rosario, Cavite; Carmona, Cavite. (McKay)
  • Trece Martires, San Pedro, Cavite City, Dasmariñas. (Lauren)
  • Onus, Silang, Las Piñas, and Biñan. (Maeghan)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Filipino foods! (Aljon)
  • Everything. (Taimani)
  • Bicol express and chicken adobo. (Jessica)
  • Adobo, Bicol Express, Lumpia, Bananaque, and Angel’s Burger. (McKay)
  • Adobo. Sinigang. Lumpia. Fishball. Kwek-kwek. (Lauren)
  • Sinigang, Adobo, Toyo. (Maeghan)

What was a funny experience?

  • When my companion dropped his handkerchief into the garbage can, he was thinking for a moment that he dropped his handkerchief instead of into the garbage, on his other hand. (Aljon)
  • Learning the language. Mixing the words in the Tagalog language means totally something different. (Taimani)
  • The reactions of the people when they heard me speaking their language. (Jessica)
  • We were visiting an older woman and she offered to walk us out to the main road. It was dark and all of a sudden a cow started to chase us. We high tailed it through a pineapple field to get away from the cow. Once the cow finally stopped chasing us, we looked over and this sweet older woman was so scared that she had wet her pants. (McKay)
  • In my third area whichever companionship got home first would lock the other ones out and they would have to sing Christmas songs to get back in like all the little kids around Christmas time. (Maeghan)

What was a crazy/dangerous experience?

  • When my companion and I were almost hit by an ambulance. (Aljon)
  • Being followed by a man one night on the way home and weaving through a street market to lose him. (Jessica)
  • We got caught in gridlock traffic and decided to walk home instead of public transport. There was a really bad storm so we spent two hours meandering through cars, jeepneys, and trikes in knee-high water before making it back to the apartment. (McKay)
  • I got chased by a caribou while crossing a field, and lost my camera. (Lauren)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • When my companion and I were studying, looking for a verse that fitted our investigator’s need, then we got the same verse. (Aljon)
  • The day my first baptism got baptized, despite so many things getting in the way, the Spirit testified to me that Christ Himself would take care of this father. (Jessica)
  • Every day was a spiritual experience. The Filipino people are ready to hear the Gospel and the missionaries serving there are led to those who have been prepared. (McKay)
  • Every day of your mission will be a spiritual experience. But once, we talked to a man on a street, who let us in his home where we taught him, his daughter, and his son. We gave him a Book of Mormon during that visit… he got tears in his eyes and said that even though he has no money, he bought reading glasses that day. “I had nothing to read, but I knew I should get them.” He told us he knew that that book was the reason. Kind of cool. (Lauren)
  • Just seeing people change and grow because of the gospel. (Maeghan)

What are some interesting facts about the Cavite Mission?

  • Going house to house to preach the gospel. And wearing the badge! (Aljon)
  • It is a very new mission. Also, it is the smallest mission in the Philippines. (Jessica)
  • It’s one of the smallest missions in the world. The entire mission can fit inside Salt Lake County. It was originally part of the Philippines Manila Mission but was split off in July of 2013. There are five stakes and one district, so majority of the mission is compromised of wards. The top portion of the mission is Metro Manila, then the entire province of Cavite, and a couple of cities from the Laguna province. (McKay)
  • The best mission in the world! The people are incredible. (Lauren)
  • It’s the smallest mission in the Philippines. (Maeghan)

What was the weather like?

  • It was pretty hot. (Aljon)
  • Hot & humid 24/7. (Jessica)
  • HOT!! The Philippines is unbelievably hot, mostly due to the intense humidity year round. The hottest time of year is March-June. (McKay)
  • Hot. Humid. Rainy. Unpredictable. (Lauren)
  • Really hot all the time, and part of the year it’s really rainy and hot. (Maeghan)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • The people are very hospitable and very humble. I love the malls! (Aljon)
  • How generous and loving they were despite having so little. (Jessica)
  • The people there are very laid back and are some of the most loving people you will ever meet. They don’t take anything too seriously and know how to have fun. (McKay)
  • They are SO humble, so kind and so accepting and loving. (Lauren)
  • They’re the most humble people I’ve ever met and they’re hilarious. (Maeghan)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Only wear a white shirt. Don’t wear a tuxedo. (Aljon)
  • Take sunscreen and light clothes that will dry fast hang dried. (Jessica)
  • Get the lightest clothing you can because it is hot! Bring several handkerchiefs to carry around with you and wipe the sweat off of you. Sounds gross, but every missionary does it. (McKay)
  • Single layer clothing! Bring dental floss. (Lauren)
  • You can get most of the things that you need there, so don’t feel like you have to pack everything for your year and a half or two years. (Maeghan)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • I became more matured. My family had boosted their faith in the church. Knowing my companions! (Aljon)
  • Better relationship with God, stronger testimony, and appreciation of my family. (Jessica)
  • I have received countless blessings. My testimony is so much stronger than when I left because you see how the Gospel changes others and start to realize that as you are helping others to change, you yourself are changing as well. (McKay)
  • I am a changed person because of my mission. Lose yourself in the work of the Lord, and you will find yourself. (Lauren)
  • Too many to count, and they’re still continuing! (Maeghan)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Communication skill and walking skill. (Aljon)
  • Learning to speak a second language. How to plan and study. (Jessica)
  • Learning to speak Tagalog, public speaking, teaching skills, budgeting, using public transportation (McKay)
  • I think the main thing I gained was confidence. Not in myself, but in God. I know that He can work through little me to accomplish His work. “We are the Lord’s hands here upon the Earth with a mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us. (Lauren)
  • Speaking with strangers, sharing the gospel every chance I got, living with different people. (Maeghan)

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

  • I wish I knew what are the dos and don’ts at the beginning, to be an obedient missionary. (Aljon)
  • Learning takes time, but if you love what you do and those you serve, you learn what the Lord would teach you. (Jessica)
  • I wish I had known/realized that you don’t have to be a master at the language to be an effective missionary. It is more about the Spirit people feel and the honesty of your speech, rather than how fluently you say it. (McKay)
  • Write down everything. Addresses, people, areas, names of barangays. (Lauren)
  • You’re not perfect and that’s OK, but you continually grow and become closer to the Savior and more in tune with Him. (Maeghan)

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

  • Just prepare spiritually. Don’t focus on deep doctrine. (Aljon)
  • Love the people and place more than your own home and learn to laugh at yourself. It will be your home and they will be your family. It is an incredible place and spending 18-24 months on the Lord’s time there is a privilege. (Jessica)
  • The Cavite Mission is literally the best mission in the world. The reason it is the best mission in the world is because the Lord has called you to it. Not going to lie, the Philippines is an insanely tough place to be called. I didn’t think I would be able to do it, but the Lord knew I could and that was why he called me there. Even if you are doubting that this is the right place for you, I know that there are people waiting there in Cavite that need you specifically to bring them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Buckle up, because you are in for one crazy ride. (McKay)
  • You can do it. The Lord will work through you, and will be able to do amazing things as you stay worthy. When it gets hard, turn to Him. He knows you, He loves you, and He is in the details! Kaya mo iyan! (Lauren)
  • Don’t worry about the language, the Lord will bless you with everything you need. (Maeghan)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • We are eating. My companion said ” kinakain pa kami” which means ” we are eating by..” (Aljon)
  • Too many. Figuring out how to differentiate friend and lover, seeing as it is the same word- just a minor change in how to stress the syllables, and using the wrong one. (Jessica)
  • On my very first day I was so overwhelmed by everything that I said good morning to somebody at three in the afternoon. They thought it was so funny that even after months they would wish me a good morning in the middle of the day. (McKay)
  • I was teaching the Creation and brand new to the mission. I was at the part when God gives to Adam and Eve the two commandments in the Garden of Eden: do not eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and multiply and replenish the Earth. I was telling them the latter commandment (multiply and replenish) and accidentally said that God told them to do that daily “araw-araw” I said. And everyone was laughing so hard. (Lauren)