Cebu City Philippines Temple: 'It was a long wait'

From the time ground was broken to begin construction of the Cebu City Philippines Temple on Nov. 14, 2007, Cesar A. Perez Jr. has looked forward to the events of this week, which will culminate with the temple's dedication on Sunday, June 13.

Elder Perez is the Area Seventy who coordinates the Cebu temple committee. An institute director, he has deep feelings for the temple and how its presence will affect the lives of not only the young adults with whom he works in the Church Educational System, but also for all members in the temple district.

"I feel deeply for the temple," Elder Perez said.

Having a temple close by blesses members spiritually, and now that it costs less for members to travel to the temple they will be able to attend more often.

"Depending on the speed of the boat, it took us 24 to 30 hours to go to the temple in Manila," he said. "It was expensive, especially for the members in Mindanao; it took them two days to go to the temple in Manila." Members from Mindanao will now travel 11 hours by boat to the temple in Cebu City.

"From our house, it is about 40 minutes of travel," Elder Perez said. That short distance, he declared, is a tremendous blessing.

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