News Release

Meet the New Area Organization Adviser

New women leaders are called to support Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary organizations and provide an opportunity for more perspectives in Church councils

Diana Valencia Cruz has been called as an area organization adviser for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines. She will be serving alongside three other sisters namely: Maria Christina Villanueva Itchon Concepcion, Rosemarie Balquedra Francisco Fernando, and Donna Dell Bernadas Dumas.

Sister Cruz received a degree in Bachelor of Science in Family Life and Child Development from the University of Philippines - Diliman. She is the founder and administrator of The Happy Hive Child Development Center. She also works as a professional translator and proofreader.

Speaking about her career, Sister Cruz shared, "Looking back to when I first started my college degree, I can see that the Lord knew me perfectly. Although my educational degree was quite uncommon back then, I see that it was God who led me to this path. I know that He knew that enrolling in that course would lead me to a career where I would experience some of the greatest joys in my life."

Sister Cruz has also served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Philippines Tacloban Mission, ward missionary, ward pianist, ward primary music teacher, ward Young Women President, Stake Young Women counselor, Stake Music Chairman, and Stake Choir Conductor. 

Of her many responsibilities, Sister Cruz shared, "I enjoy every opportunity to serve my family, to fulfill my church callings, and to serve others."

Sister Cruz resides in Cainta, Rizal, with her parents, Sergio S. Cruz, Jr. and Eudocia Valencia; and her brother, Christopher Cruz.

Area Organization Advisers

The First Presidency approved a new position —Area Organization Adviser — to help provide training and mentorship for local leaders. In the areas where they are called, the volunteer advisers will also participate in councils within the area as they work together in unity with the men and women of the Church in their respective areas. They will serve under the direction of the Area Presidencies for three to five years. 

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