"Behold A Royal Army"

Date: October 26, 2011
Area: Cauayan City Branch 2 - Assistant to the President
Companion: Elder Katao


Mom, you're awesome! Thanks for following the example of Jesus Christ and being baptized by one holding the priesthood authority of God. One would think after Joseph Smith was called of God to be a prophet, it would have been happily ever after. Not so. After the First Vision came the trials, yet he kept going.

Mom, thanks for moving forward with faith after your baptism and confirmation. I know that trails have come, yet here you are, and here I am, in the Philippines being blessed with the best experience one could ever have, inviting others to accept that same invitation you accepted over 20 years ago. Thank you mom, thanks for everything.

Dad, that last name Hale carries quite the legacy. Thank you for keeping that legacy of faith alive and passing that on to me. Thanks for serving a mission, marrying in the temple, and raising me in the gospel. Thanks for being my Dad, my tatay, ang kaibigan ko.

As I think of what it means to me personally to have been raised by goodly parents, and I think of the attack Satan is making on the family, it starts to hit me in a way that takes me from the lukewarm position to the hot, because my family means everything to me. I would venture to say that most every blessing I enjoy in my life is a result of righteous parenting. As President Packer has said, "one cannot degrade marriage without tarnishing other words such as husband, wife, father, mother, baby, children, family, home."

Moroni rent his coat and wrote on it, "in memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives and our children," and then went to work, fighting, giving his all for that cause. That fight continues today as Satan turns up the heat on his efforts to destroy the family. One of President Carlos's favorite songs is "Behold a Royal Army." You ought to behold the Royal Army here in the Philippines Cauayan Mission. "It's ranks are filled with soldiers, united, bold and strong.  Who follow their commander and sing their joyful song, 'Victory, Victory through Him that redeemed us. Victory, Victory through Jesus Christ our Lord.'"

I am surrounded by the most amazing men and women, elders and sisters this world has to offer, who are fighting valiantly for Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. "The wrong shall fail the right prevail," as we follow our commander Jesus Christ and continue in the fight for "our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives and our children."

Thanks for putting up with me for 20 years mom and dad. As Elder Anzal or Cabbanacan might say, "I always fall short." I am full of weaknesses and shortcomings but you stayed with it. I love you both so much.

Jesus Christ lives. He is our Savior. He appeared with God the Father to the Prophet Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon is the word of God. Thomas S. Monson is God's living prophet on the earth today.


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