Happy life could be tantamount to a happy home when there's love. And this is what I've personally gained from the message of Elder Manuel Agustin of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in one of semi-annual conferences of La Carlota District.
"Home can be a heaven on earth/ when we are filled with love/ Bringing happiness and joy,/ Rich blessings from above/" - some lines from Church hymn were also cited by Elder Agustin to substantiate his claim that family is very important in the eyes of the Lord.
"Strengthen families" which is one of the 2012 Philippines Area goals, according to him, needs to be advocated by holding a regular family prayer, family home evening, reading the scriptures, and aised from going to Church together.
Thus when we do it faithfully, we could have a happy life and eventually a happy home, pointed out Elder Agustin.
LDS as Peculiar People
People are interested with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for they know the member thereof that they are different from others. The gospel principles which they receive, are exemplified in their way of life.
Forgiveness is as a basic in obtaining one's salvation, is very important to do. He illustrated through an analogy of a nail. When a person is hurt, he's heart is being nailed. And When he forgives, that nail is pulled out. Then forgiveness per se takes place.
Charity, which is a pure love of Christ, overwhelms LDS way of life. Even though how preoccupied an LDS is, when his service is needed, he forgoes it just to take care of his brethren who are in need.
Faith never fails. LDS are faithful in keeping the Lord's commandments. Because of their unwavering faith with the Lord, what they ask and pray to the Lord is answered.
As one of the early speakers, La Carlota District President Mario A. Malacaman declared how to care of the Lord's sheep. "Lovest thou me?" as he cited the scripture from the Book of John of the Bible, he correlated this in one of the 2012 Philippines goals, "Rescue the One."
Moreover President Zandiv Abonado, first counselor of La Carlota District rejoined by stressing the importance of a family. His message is timely for he just been married recently in the Cebu Philippines Temple.
Masville Branch President Johndill Parreño tackled the topic, "Who Is My Neighbor?" He cited the parable of a good Samaritan by helping out our neighbor to get their eternal life.
"Remember, remember, remember," sounded President George Tobias of Bacolod Philippines Mission by addressing everyone, every member to bear in mind the principle of repentance, atonement and to feast upon the words of Christ through study, reading, and pondering them. And he pointed out to follow the Prophet who knows the way to salvation.
More than four hundred LDS members who came from Moises Padilla, La Castellana, Manggapsang, Masville, San Enrique, Ayungon, La Carlota first and second branches which belong to La Carlota District in Negros Occidental, PH attended the conference.
The district choir which is composed of selected members from Masville, San Enrique, La Carlota first and second branches provided the hymn for the conference.