LDS Church's General Conference changed by rapid internationalization

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  • Maryquilter Farmington, UT
    Oct. 4, 2011 4:35 a.m.

    @mightymite: Have you been to LDS churches around the world? We have and it is wonderful to see the 'sea' of faces which look so very different from mine, yet sharing the same testimonies of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 2, 2011 6:32 p.m.

    International church? Still looks pretty white and delightfullsome to me.

  • Soren Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    Wouldn't it be amazing if one day soon, the many international speakers at general conference gave their conference addresses in their native tongues, and translated into other languages including English. I would love to hear President Uchtdorf deliver his messages in his native German tongue. What a thrill that would be for German speaking saints around the world.

  • alien236 LOGAN, UT
    Oct. 1, 2011 11:51 p.m.

    I'm pretty sure there weren't more than fourteen million members listening. Only about 30% of that number is even active to begin with and many of the rest don't even consider themselves LDS. I'm LDS myself but I'm sick of faith-promoting spin that ignores inconvenient facts. I didn't even like the talk today about the "spectacular" church growth in Argentina because he neglected to mention that 80% of that so-called membership is completely inactive. Hence they've barely started a second temple after eighty-five years of church presence. Now everyone thinks I'm an apostate for bringing that up. How will we ever fix our spectacular failures if we pretend they don't exist?

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Oct. 1, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    In many ways its amazes me it was not until 50 years ago translations were done. I guess I did know that President Clark was very against prepared talks, and without some sort of prepared talks it is very hard to do translation unless you allow for breaks in the talk. It makes sense that with the new stakes in Mexico, the Netherlands and Germany there would be a high enough need for doing translation to actualy do so.

    Does anyone know, were there translations and publication of the text of General Conference before that, or was that a later development, or at the same time? I do know that Eduardo Balderas was employed fulltime as a translator by the Church begining in the late 1930s or 1940s, but at least early on he worked on translating the Dcotrine and Covenants (with Antoine R. Ivins or the 70) and the Pearl of Great Price and also worked with Elder Ivins to translate the temple ceremony into Spanish.

    A lot of early translations was done by mission offices, so there may have been some mission by mission translation of at least parts of General Conference text.

  • Fred Vader Oklahoma City, OK
    Oct. 1, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    Yes technology is cool and really shrinks this huge world we live in. I just "cut and pasted" J-TX's post into Google and got an instant translation. Very cool, and I agree with the post.

  • Anon 64 Oahu, HI
    Oct. 1, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    We are truely an international church. Awe and I see Culture Shock all the time. We are always glad to welcome vistors to our Ward.

    We have the last Chapel going West till you reach the end of the World. Going West several thousand miles over water, Guam would be next and then East meets West.

    We have Three Wards and a Tongan Branch. We meet at 12 because our Bishop is the Agent Bishop for the Tongan Branch. We changed times in the Middle of the year and from what I have been told don't flip times at least for awhile.

    We love doing it as the Tongans had been Driving all over to get to the Tongan Ward near Town. When you ad miles you lose people.

    We are all mixed but one of the other Wards is Heavy Samoan and many dress Native. That means some Kava Kava's and white shirts and ties on some of the Priesthood Holders and Sandels No Socks. Plus Body Art from Culture Events. No more after conversation but no shame for what you have.

    Earlyier meeting time so more Tourist, Cheaper to stay Wes'side, more Aloha. Closer to Disney Resort.

  • awsomeron1 Oahu, HI
    Oct. 1, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    I am shocked you let that post through but I agree with J-TX. Yes both my wife and i do she better then me. i just don't say much about it. If I use a non-english word its usually Hawaiian.

    Every week at our Ward we have Tourist Amazement. Both from Canada and the U.S. Mainland. The people from Canda are cooler then the people from the Mainland, We are truely an International Church, Hawaii is the Melting Pot and the West Side the Center of the Wok and the Wok is very very hot and that is a good thing. Then on the other side of the Island and near the Bases are the Military Hawaiian Mixed Wards. Many hawaiians are either Retaired Military or NG, people in our Wars have been called to active duty and deployed to Iraq or Afgan. Our formerBishop never replaced his Exc Sec when he went to Afgan. He just set his own appointments. When the Brother got back a month later he released him and called him to the young mens. His Wife and Him have had 2 kids since his return. They met in Sandbox at 6.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Oct. 1, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    Que contento me hace que la iglesia verdadera de Jesucristo y la conferencia general se estan llegando a cada pueblo en su propio idioma. Tengo la idea de que por causa del multiculturalismo de esta iglesia, muchas acciones bondadosas y caritativas se llevaran a cabo en todo el mundo, para ayudar a instilar la paz entre gentes historicamente enemigas.