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October 16, 2017


Text by Maurine Jensen Proctor; Photography by Scot Facer Proctor
Note:  Meridian’s editors, Scot and Maurine Proctor, are in the Philippines this week covering the Cebu City Temple dedication.  This is the first in a series of articles we will bring you on this wondrous and historic event. This is one of a series of articles brought to you in conjunction with The Academy for Creating Enterprise, a remarkable organization teaching impoverished returned missionaries in the Philippines, Mexico and Brazil how to lift themselves from poverty to prosperity through the creation of self-employment opportunities in areas where traditional employment is not available.  To learn more about The Academy, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, please click here (

Every missionary to the Philippines is asked when he leaves, “When will you be back?”  No one likes much to admit it, but for most of those who live half a world away, the answer is never.  I will see you in another life, are the words that are left unspoken in goodbyes that echo across the ocean and the decades.

In the thirty years since Brad Gibbs served in Carcar in the Philippines, once in awhile he thought about one of his converts, Mary Responso.  He asked every missionary who returned home from the Philippines, “Did you meet Mary?” to which he always got the same response, a shrug of the shoulders, a no.