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Easter: Atonement of Jesus Christ


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' “Because of Him” Easter initiative runs throughout the week. It includes memes like this, which proclaim the Church's belief that Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God who overcame sorrow and death for men and women everywhere.

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Handel's Messiah in April?

Monday April 14, 2014

Mormon Tabernacle ChoirNormally a Christmas offering, Handel's Messiah was intended for Easter.

Part of the Church's Because of Him emphasis, this Easter season marks the first time the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra will present the Messiah in its entirety.

Originally a limited and exclusive affair, ticket and popular demand has expanded the viewing options. Besides in person over two nights, it is available in real time and on demand viewing, as well as a future recording. The Choir's official website lists all these options, plus the extensive official program in pdf.

Read more about Handel, his life, the Messiah and read selected lyrics and excerpts in anticipation of the program.

Photo courtesy of 2013 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.

30 Converts Per Year!

Monday April 14, 2014

Native Fijian Missionaries

Some news articles this week have highlighted online missionaries:

One of the astonishing facts underscored by the above articles is that online missionaries average 30 converts per year for each missionary! It far outdistances regular proselyting statistics.

Aside from the medium they use, some things won't change about how missionaries share the gospel. They will still be in white shirts and ties, but not necessarily pants, at least in Fiji.

Photo courtesy of 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. Native Fijian missionaries.

How Church Schools are Similar

Monday April 14, 2014

WSC-Wilkinson-Center1.jpgThe Church operates several colleges and universities, but they are all very different from each other.

On the flip side, they share a number of important things, especially how religion and values infuse campus events, activities and life.

What Makes Church Schools Similar identifies all these similarities. They include a uniform admissions process, an Honor Code, ecclesiastical endorsement requirement, religion course requirements and more.

Before pointing out the differences between them, I thought I'd emphasize the similarities among them!

Photo courtesy of BYU-Provo. All rights reserved. Brigham Young University-Provo campus with the Wilkinson Center in the background.

Interpretation and Translation

Monday April 7, 2014

Interpreting to MongolianInterpreters and translators are not the same thing.

Interpreters verbally change a speaker's words into that of another language.

Translators change the written word into that of another language.

During General Conference, extensive use is made of interpreters.Interpreting into Swahili

An interpreter has a tough job. He or she must pay attention to both verbal and non-verbal clues in order to properly convey not only the speaker's words, but also their intent. Inflection and tone are also important to an interpreter's job.

The gift of the interpretation of tongues and the gift of translation are both Gifts of the Spirit.

There are many gifts of the spirit and the article above only includes a standard list. There are others.

Photo courtesy of 2010 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. Chuluun Walker prepares to interpret a meeting into Mongolian.

Photo courtesy of Geoffrey McAllister. Andrew Zillale provides real-time interpretation of general conference sermons for Swahili-speaking attendees at the meeting and others watching by satellite in Africa and elsewhere.

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