Prayers out to all the families in the Philippines 

and those who are serving missions 

in those areas 

Elder Crichton is currently in Quezon City, Metro Manila at the M.T.C. 

News Update - 8th December 2014

Metro Manila braces for 'Ruby'

Posted at 12/08/2014 1:13 PM | Updated as of 12/08/2014 1:13 PM
MANILA - While tropical storm Ruby is showing signs of weakening, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has warned that its slow speed and intense rainfall are bound to cause flooding in Metro Manila.
The center of Ruby was spotted 20 kilometers east of Torrijos, Marinduque as of 10 a.m. Monday. It will then head towards Batangas, near Metro Manila, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. for a fourth landfall, PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez said.
PAGASA predicts that Ruby's rainfall will be heavy to intense. This means it will dump 10 to 15 millimeters per hour of rains.
NDRRMC executive director Alexander Pama said that if this forecast does not change, this combination will result in flooding.
Las Piñas, Manila, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Pasay, San Juan, Pasig, Navotas, Parañaque, Quezon City, Taguig, Valenzuela, Pateros, and Caloocan have been placed on heightened alert.
Residents are encouraged to begin monitoring water levels and listen to their local chief executives regarding possible evacuation.
Pama said he is leaving the evacuation plans to the local chief executives, but he said people living near waterways and should evacuate at the soonest possible time.
"You know the drill. Bawal ang pasaway,'' Pama said.
Pama also reminded Metro Manila residents to watch out not just for the rains, but also to monitor the water that the storm will be dumping on mountains and rivers, which are bound to flow down into communities.

01 April 2015

Elder Crichton is currently serving on the Island of Mindoro in Calapan

PHOTO: A satellite image from PAGASA shows the current position of typhoon Maysak (international name) at 11:00AM on Wednesday relative to the Philippines.

Monday, 14 December 2015 


Dear Brother and Sister Crichton Philippines San Pablo Mission Family,


You are probably already aware of Typhoon Melor, locally referred to as Nona, which is off of the coast of the Philippines and headed our way. We have been tracking the storm for the past few days and have been working to prepare our missionaries for its arrival. The latest projections show it is tracking directly toward our mission and it will arrive sometime early our Tuesday morning. 


All of our missionaries have been alerted to prepare for the storm and have been given very specific instructions about how to prepare. We are working to relocate missionaries from coastal lines and areas that might be prone to flooding, mudslides, etc. We are being overly cautious and conservative in the approach we are taking to protect your missionaries. 


Please continue to keep our missionaries and the Philippines in your prayers. Our hope and prayers are that the storm will weaken as it reaches us and all of our preparations will have been unnecessary. We are preparing for the worst while praying and hoping for the best.  Once the storm has passed, which should be by Wednesday late evening  I will send an email providing a update.


Thanks for the amazing sons and daughters you have consecrated to the Lord’s service. It is Sister Mangum and I’s great privilege to serve them and serve with them!


Wednesday, 16 December 2015 


Dear Philippines San Pablo Mission Family,


I am happy to report to you that the core of the storm has cleared our mission as of this morning. Thanks for your prayers in our behalf.  Most of our mission had considerable rain creating some localized flooding, but did not have the high winds associated with a typhoon.  Mindoro experienced the brunt of the storm including high winds and significant rain resulting in property damage, flooding and some landslides.  We are happy to inform you all of our missionaries are safe and as of this morning were back to work and also helping with the cleanup effort.  We will be experiencing light to moderate rainfall for the next 24 to 48 hours as the tail end of the storm travels across our mission.


We are thankful again for your faith, and prayers. Thanks for sending Sister Mangum and I such amazing missionaries. We cherish this time we have to serve them and to serve with them. They are an inspiration to us and we love them! We pray that all is well with you and your families and that you have a Merry Christmas as you reflect on the life and mission of our Savior Jesus Christ. 


President and Sister Mangum

Philippines San Pablo Mission

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