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Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology ("MAC")
About David P. Ellis
Our third oldest son, David Paul Ellis, was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, when we were teaching at Oklahoma State University. He has always been a very sweet person, and remains so today. In photo after photo of him as a child, he always had a sweet look on his face. The photo to the right is only one example of many.
David recently served a two-year LDS mission in Cebu, a very poor area in the Philippine Islands. The Philippines are located between China and Australia. Cebu Island is in the middle of the 600+ islands that make up the Philippines.
David loved the experience -- even getting used to the extremely high heat and humidity. He found the people to be very loving and friendly. David quickly became fluent in the Cebuano (Visayan) language as well as learning some Tagalog. And, more importantly, he learned a lot about life and grew to be a man. He had many marvelous experiences on his mission. This picture was taken only a couple of days after he came home after his two years in the Philippines.
We had rushed him down to Provo, Utah, to the Missionary Training Center to see him brother, Braden (left), who was preparing to leave for a two-year LDS mission to Tahiti. They had a chance to be together for one hour. Otherwise, they wouldn't have seen each other for four years.
Click here for a map of the Philippines and some photos of him on his mission.
The picture to the right was taken on the same trip to Utah. We stopped in Salt Lake City so David could see the beautiful Salt Lake Temple (in the background). He is wearing a traditional Filipino dress shirt that he had hand-made for him while he was in the Philippines. He is still very thin, as you can see. We soon fattened him up!
David is currently attending Saint Martin's College. He is unsure about a major but has some interesting possibilities to pursue. He works on the evening shift for a company called Life Force, providing supervision and care for developmentally disabled adult sex offenders. He is doing a great job of making the adjustment back to life in the United States and being an independent young adult. He has a website that you can visit called, ambongan.com.
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