Therefore, verily I say unto you, lift up your voices unto this people; speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you shall not be confounded before men; For it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say. --D & C 100:5-6

Monday, December 26, 2016


(A follow-up letter from President Kotter...Mission President in the Legazpi Mission.)



The typhoon has moved out of our mission. All missionaries are safe and accounted for. We have extensive power outages so this will affect phone and internet. This may impact many of the Christmas calls and weekly emails to families.  As power is restored and at earliest opportunity we will allow our missionaries to email/call home and complete their Christmas calls.

All is well! Each day this mission is an adventure and full of tender mercies. Your missionaries sons and daughters are the greatest!  Thanks for sharing them with the Lord and with us.

Best regards,
Pres Kotter

Friday, December 23, 2016


23 December 2016

Dear Brother and Sister Baker,

 We are currently in the middle of the annual typhoon season in the Philippines. Every year, more than 20 typhoons come to this island nation. These typhoons originate in the Pacific, east of the Philippines and then move in our direction. Our mission is often in the path of these storms, especially our outer island Catanduanes.  Prior experience has prepared this region to weather the various storms well. We have missionary housing that is selected for resistance to high winds and located out of the flood plains.  Each missionary area has an emergency plan for preparing for and responding to all natural disasters.  Areas that are remote from the mission office have local priesthood leaders that provide direct oversight of the safety of our missionaries.

Currently Typhoon Nina is head in the direction of the Legazpi Mission and is expected to pass over our mission the evening of December 25th.  It is expected to bring heavy rains and some floods in the low lying and/or coastal areas. Each companionship has been notified of the incoming storm and have been asked to follow our emergency plan. The safety of our missionaries is our #1 priority. Each missionary has a 72 hour kit of food, water and other supplies. They should also have an emergency supply of cash and a fully charged cell phone. As soon as the storm passes each missionary will contact their leaders to report their condition and that information will pass through our communication tree to me shortly thereafter.  

If the storm compromises our electrical or Internet infrastructure, this may impact the ability of your missionary to complete their Christmas phone calls and/or normal preparation day emails.  Be assured, I will be constantly monitoring this situation, and they will have opportunity to reschedule their calls at the first opportunity. We love your missionary and will always care for them as if they were our own son or daughter. May the Lord bless you for sending your precious child to serve the Lord. You would be so proud of who they are becoming and the great work they are doing.

If there are any further developments that would impact our missionaries, I will let you know.  Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year.  Serving the Lord is a joy!

Warmest regards,

President Dale Kotter
Philippines Legazpi Mission

Thursday, December 22, 2016


(A letter from the Mission President to Legazpi Mission Families.............)

Dear families of the Legazpi missionaries,

Merry Christmas!  We send you our love and greetings during this most joyous time of year.  We wish to thank you for the support and love you give your missionary.  We are grateful for the sacrifices you make in order that they may serve.  They are wonderful and they are sharing the light of Christ to all they come in contact with.

We hope you will enjoy this mission Christmas card.  Each of the Legazpi mission family is pictured here.  We want you to know we love each one of them!  Thank you for sharing them with us.  May the spirit of Christmas be with you, now and always.  May our Heavenly father's blessings be poured out upon you, your family and your missionary during this holiday season.

President Dale Kotter & Sister Lori Kotter