Church News: Latter-day Saint missionary training center in Argentina to close this summer

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  • bass679 Novi, MI
    Feb. 12, 2019 7:46 a.m.

    Also, FYI the Castellano dialect spoken in Argentina is called that because it's very close to the Castellano accent that dominates Spain which is about as traditional as you get in terms of dialects. The Reina-Valera translation is the most common in the Spanish Speaking world, somewhat comparable to the KJV for English speakers. The LDS version is based on the 1909 edition (the Castillian Spanish version not the Mexican Spanish version.

  • mhenshaw Leesburg, VA
    Feb. 10, 2019 3:24 p.m.

    >>Teaching Mexican Spanish to missionaries going to Argentina or Uruguay is almost useless....A lot of Argentines don't understand the scriptures because they're written in traditional Spanish.

    Really? I served my mission in Argentina and I never ran into a situation where a native Argentine struggled to understand the Reina-Valera version that the Church uses. I would think that if they struggled with that, they would struggle with the Book of Mormon also since its Spanish translation uses the largely same style.

    Now Spanish *accents* are a different matter. We had an Elder from Mexico and he struggled at first with the Argentine accent, much the way a US English-speaker would struggle in Scotland.

  • mhenshaw Leesburg, VA
    Feb. 10, 2019 3:09 p.m.

    >>Sad that some people always interpret facts as being offensive.

    But the article says *nothing* about the Church closing missions. No mention of missions closing. At all. So when someone says "so many missions closing!" it's fairly obvious that someone is implying that the missionary program must be in decline and that's why an MTC is closing. If that wasn't the intended implication, I welcome correction.

    Yes, on paper the Church has reduced the total number of missions by 2%--not exactly a sign that the program's imploding. But here's the dirty little secret--except where conditions become too dangerous, "closing a mission" doesn't actually mean that the missionaries are getting pulled out and the geographic area is being abandoned. We will still have pretty much the same number of missionaries in pretty much the same number of countries, working in the same cities and towns. So what's the change? A slight adjustment in the number of mission presidents covering the same geographic areas.

    Such changes have always been made. They will be made again. And the work will keep rolling right along.

  • The Atheist Provo, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 11:30 a.m.

    I believe there were 407 missions in July 2018, whereas after the announced changes take place in July 2019, there will be only 399 missions.

    Sad that some people always interpret facts as being offensive.

  • Utes-PAC12 canada, 00
    Feb. 10, 2019 10:37 a.m.

    Many changes have happened and will continue to as it relates to the LDS. Society has evolved as we've entered the 21st century.

  • omahahusker Modesto, CA
    Feb. 9, 2019 6:41 p.m.

    Less management and overhead is a good thing. Consolidating resources is a cost effective way to manage money.

  • mhenshaw Leesburg, VA
    Feb. 9, 2019 5:36 p.m.

    >>So many missions closing everywhere!

    This isn't a mission closing. This is simply consolidating and repurposing resources to make the most efficient use of them.

    Sad to see that some people are so anxious to see the church hurt that they trumpet anything that looks like bad news.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 9, 2019 11:13 a.m.

    @Flashback

    That's a fact. I grew up in Argentina and learned to speak Argentine Spanish. First time I visited Mexico, I seriously couldn't understand anything they were saying. The languages are that different.

    Argentines (and Uruguayans) call their dialect "castellano" and they are very proud of it. They get angry if you call it Spanish. Teaching Mexican Spanish to missionaries going to Argentina or Uruguay is almost useless.

    In fact, I also wrote a letter to the Church once, asking them to do a Castillian translation of the standard works. A lot of Argentines don't understand the scriptures because they're written in traditional Spanish.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 7:12 a.m.

    My son went to Uruguay and trained at the Argentina MTC. He thinks closing it will be a bad thing. Mainly because Spanish in Mexico is different than Spanish in Argentina and Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru. He says the missionaries will have a harder time with the local Spanish because of that in those areas.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 8, 2019 4:22 p.m.

    Yes, it's on the Buenos Aires Temple grounds.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Feb. 8, 2019 3:58 p.m.

    Is there a temple nearby? Temple patrons or ordinance workers might benefit.