Saturday, September 5, 2015


Yesterday, we had a wonderful Mission Leadership Council.  It is always such an amazing blessing to be with the leaders of the mission.  They are missionaries who have been obedient and dedicated to the Lord's work and really are desirous of doing His will.  It is one of the highlights of our month!

We focused half of the meeting on the Sabbath Day and how we can help ourselves and investigators better understand and keep the Sabbath Day Holy.  We were given direction from the church leaders to do so, and it was a wonderful experience hearing everyone share their insights.  We hope they each came away with a greater commitment to keep the Sabbath Day Holy and many ideas of positive things they can do to build their faith on the Sabbath. We learned that the way we spend our Sabbath day is an indication of how we feel about our Savior.

We counseled together about a variety of issues, and felt that the ideas and suggestions given by the members of the council were extremely valuable.

We established a new Manila Mission Music Policy.  After a year of trying different alternatives, we finally realized that we need to make it clear and simple for missionaries to know whether or not it is approved music. For the missionary families' benefit, we're including the new policy here so you can support them.


Dearest Elders and Sisters,

Music is one of the most powerful tools you can use to invite the Spirit.  It can just as easily cause the Spirit to leave.  That is why our leaders encourage us to carefully consider which music we listen to. Because it is especially vital to have the companionship of the Spirit as you strive to represent the Lord as His full-time missionary, we have put together a list of approved music that you may listen to during your mission.  There is a lot of wonderful music that we could not include on the approved list because it is not possible to go through everything.  However, we testify and promise that as you obediently only listen to music from this approved mission list, your spiritual sensitivity will increase and your closeness to the Lord will grow.  

The white Missionary Handbook counsels us to :
“Listen only to music that is consistent with the sacred spirit of your calling.”
                        “Music should:    invite the Spirit
                                                       help you focus on the work
                                                       and direct your thoughts and feelings to the Savior.”
“Do not listen to music that:  pulls your thoughts away from your work
                                                      merely entertains
                                                      has romantic lyrics or overtones
                                                      or dulls your spiritual sensitivity by its tempo, beat, loudness, lyrics 
                                                      or  intensity.”
“Listening to music must never interfere with your personal preparation or proselyting.”

We are confident that as you follow these guidelines and listen only to the list of mission-approved music, you and our whole mission will reap great blessings.  PLEASE, exercise your faith to obey this counsel.  We love you and promise great spiritual blessings will result.

President and Sister Ostler

New Mission Music Guidelines
Philippines Manila Mission
September 1, 2015

Beginning immediately, the only approved music for listening to in the Philippines Manila Mission will be the following:  (please erase any previous music lists)  (We want to be 100% obedient and 100% legal.)

1.     Go to
2.     Click on Scriptures and Study
3.     Click on Music
4.     Click on Books and Collections
                           You may download and listen to the following collections:
                           Hymnal (Music Only, Music and Vocals)
                           Children’s Songbook (Music Only, Music and Vocals)
                           General Conference Music
                           Music for Men
                           Music for Women
                           Seminary Music- Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, D&C

You may also download any of the music from “The Sacred Music Library” of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir found at 

PLEASE NOTE:  Because of the varying kind of music available on, which includes EFY music, none of these songs are approved.  Some are appropriate for missionaries and some are not, but because of the time it takes away from missionary work to determine appropriateness, we have decided to let you listen to it once you return home if you desire.  We would love for each of you to be able to listen to your favorite songs, and we have spent significant time and effort to allow this, but have realized that our focus needs to be on missionary work, not on expanding the number of songs missionaries can listen to.  It will be a sacrifice for some of you, but the Lord will bless you abundantly as you follow the rules cheerfully.

For those interested in performing musical numbers in church or missionary meetings, the website has a treasure trove of musical numbers.  There is Music for choirs, instruments, men, women, youth, music from the Ensign, Liahona and New Era as well as seminary music and solos to sing.  Most of the music can be legally downloaded and printed at no additional cost besides you just printing it.

The prophet, Joseph Smith taught his people correct principles and let them govern themselves.  Our prayer is that as you follow these principles and mission rules, your sensitivity to the spirit and appreciation for the blessings good music brings will increase so that when you return home, you will only choose to surround yourself with music that will uplift, encourage and inspire you to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ.

We were blessed to have a trio of sisters start our meeting with a beautiful song.  They invited such a good spirit.  We are blessed to have them.  

This was Elder Northrup's last time handing out rent checks.  He's been taking care of the mission finances since Elder Theeler left.  We will sure miss him and Sister Northrup!