God often tests His people. He wants to find out if we will put him first in our lives. Letting go of money and other material things in exchange for intangible spiritual or temporal promises is often difficult. It is a good test whether our loyalty is to God or to material things.
The Philippines Area 2013 Broadcast details the goals of the Philippines Area with messages from Elder Michael John U. Teh, Elder Brent H. Nielson and Elder Ian S. Ardern. The goals focus on daily scripture reading, strengthening families, saving the rising generation, establishing the church and rescuing the one.
Like the white sands of Boracay running through our fingers, unless we are very careful time will escape us and we will be left with so much to do. I encourage us to be sure that beginning this year we are all engaged in making better use of our time by doing the things that matter most.