Larry’s Surprise Revealed

Had been chatting with Larry, crew member of the Tawash, a pump boat based in Jordan, Guimaras, as we headed home from the Ortiz Dock in Iloilo. It's about a 15 minute journey from Iloilo City, and after discovering my new amigo's name and the fact that he had six children, all girls, a home in Jordan near the dock,  and was co-owner of the pump boat I was on, Larry asked me if  I was a Catholic.DSC

  • "I was baptized Catholic." I informed him, "but I was raised a Lutheran. My asawa is Catholic." Then came Larry's surprise.
  • "I'm a Mormon." Larry announced.

This came as quite a revelation to me. I had wrongly assumed that since Larry had a big family and lived in the Philippines, which has almost 90% of the population professing to be Catholics, I thought my new friend would be Catholic. He had become a Mormon in 1994 and told me that there weren't even any Mormon churches in rural  Guimaras at that time. There are three now, one just outside San Miguel where we reside.

  • "I don't mean to offend you," I asked, "but weren't your parents (who were Catholic) upset with you when you became a Mormon?"
  • "No," he replied. "The Mormons are strong believers in the family like the Catholics, and they were happy."
  • "Well, that's true. I've always heard that the Mormons strongly believe in families." I said.

And then the Tawash approached the Jordan Wharf in beautiful Guimaras and Larry had to attend to the docking of the boat. I told him it was a pleasure talking to him. And it was. I came away a little better person. Made a new friend. A Mormon one. And after my past experiences with Mormons in Iloilo, I think I gained some insight. Here was a hardworking man that loved his family. Always smiling. So typical of many Filipinos. Didn't matter to me that his religious beliefs clashed with mine. We had a lot in common. Loved to talk.  Loved our Filipina spouse. Loved the Philippines. Loved our families. What more could you ask for?

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

27 thoughts on “Larry’s Surprise Revealed

  1. I noticed a bunch of Mormons running around Samar on their bicycles and I thought to myself,you can’t move 10,000 miles away and still not having them knocking on your door. Not that I have anything agains’t them,I used to work for a Morman. I think they even have a hospital here in Samar.

  2. Are Mormons the group……..that is allowed to have more than one wife……if so maybe I need to become more religious…..but giving it further thought……AM I CRAZY ???…… need for tampo….in multiple hits…sorry to Dorsie(aka my asawa)……for even giving thought ………Dorsie doesnt have a bolo……she has a double blade axe…that she cuts firewood with…..

    1. Good question Ralph, can Mormon men in the Philippines have more than one wife. I’m sure Dave will work on getting the answer for us. 😉

      1. Nope, only one wife, Lance, if they belong to the mainstream Latter Day Saints. The largest Mormon fundamentalist groups are the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church) and the Apostolic United Brethren (AUB). Wikipedia states that there may be only about 20,000 Mormon fundamentalists.

        1. So then I guess it is only Muslim men in the Philippines that can legally have more than one wife. When I was in Iloilo, Joy’s friend (a Christian pastor) mentioned that some rich Filipinos and celebrities were converting to Islam so they could marry a second wife (Muslim men are allowed to have up to 4 wives). I asked my Filipina girlfriend Joy if I could convert to Islam so I could have 2 wives, and she seemed to be okay with it. I believe her exact words were “go ahead and try it and see what happens”. I wonder what she meant by that, lol.

          1. Hopefully just one wife Dave. Well, unless she has a cute sister or friend, ha ha, just kidding. Wait, here’s a better answer, how about as many wives as my wife prefers, ya ya, that’s it. 😉

    2. Fundamental Mormons have multiple wives, Ralph. The Latter Day Saints, the mainstream Mormon group, have one wife. I love my wife dearly, but one wife is surely enough as I sure she would say one husband is certainly enough.

            1. SEVEN, Papa Duck? That’s six more ladies (in addition to the asawa, who would never tolerate it, but let’s suspend reality for a moment) that will see my faults, point out when I forget something, tell me that I am messy, etc., etc. Do I REALLY want that kind of grief, my friend? As for any other possible side benefits of having additional wives, I don’t have a prescription for Viagra.

  3. I remember being station at Subic in the sixties and a filipino Chief petty officer was a Muslim and had 4 wifes. We was always kidding him about it. He was part of the Navy which could not be stationed outside of the Philippines and only drawed half pay because of this restricton.

      1. Back in the good old days you could rent a nice 2 bed room apartment for 5 fifths of bourbon. Which only cost us 90 cents a bottle on base. Don’t tell anyone though Ha Ha.

        1. Those do sound like some “good old days,” Ralph. Reminds me of what my Dad used to pay his young housekeeper when he was stationed in Japan while he was a flight crew chief running missions over Korea during the Korean War. Paid the guy what amounted to 33 cents but would give him a carton of cigarettes which the kid would sell on the black market for a tidy profit.

  4. Even little Vestaburg Michigan had a Mormon church but it was the Reformed branch. I have never had even one Mormon call on me but did have a Reformed Mormon as my foreman back when I was just a kid getting started in printing. Super nice man! The Reformed Mormons are now called the Community of Christ.

    I do have the JW’s call on me here in Tagum City and even in Vestaburg. They get points for calling on you. The points get them into heaven if they have worked hard enough.

    Both groups have no idea what Grace and Mercy are.

  5. Dave,

    I enjoyed learning about Larry. Thanks for sharing the 2 posts.

    I was in Ormoc at the ATM with a mormon standing in line behind me. I was polite and chatted with him. He spent the whole time complaining about how he would setup a meeting and the filipino people were either late or didn’t showup. This mormon didn’t take the time to understand the culture which makes me happy. I know that MBA (my beautiful asawa) isn’t impressed with the Mormons.

    1. Gary, I don’t think the courts will legalize polygamy in Canada at this time. The newspaper article says that the BCCLA lost 3 out of 4 times (for other cases) when it used the same argument it is using now.

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