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This is a huge announcement and very exciting for speakers whose native language is not English!
Earlier last month rumors were spreading that some general conference speakers would be giving their addresses in their native language.
Turns out the rumor was true.
Church spokesman Dale Jones announced that speakers "whose primary language is not English now have the choice to deliever their talks in their native tongue." He went on to explain that English subtitles will be shown on screens in the Conference Center and a live English interpretation will be provided for all other English-language broadcasts including staellite, cable, television, and the internet."
This will be a great opportunity for speakers and members whose native language is not English to share and understand messages more powerfully, and will coincidentally give English-speaking members a little glimpse of what conference has always been like for non-English speakers.
Logistically, this announcement will mean some tricky changes for conference translators, who will now need people who can translate between, for example, Spanish and German instead of English and Spanish and English and German.
Creating subtitles for a live broadcast may also prove to be a challenge, but we look forward to seeing how it all works out!
Is your favorite hymn the same as Joseph Smith's or Gordon B. Hinckley's? Find out in this list of favorite hymns of the prophets!
Only three months after the Church was officially organized, the Lord instructed Emma to make a selection of hymns to be used by the Saints:
And it shall be given thee, also, to make a selection of sacred hymns, as it shall be given thee, which is pleasing unto me, to be had in my church.
For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads. (Doctrine & Covenants 25:11-12).
Odds are you've seen at least one of these LDS stars on YouTube. They're finding viral success with LDS and non-LDS fans the world over!
Stuart Edge started out as a port-a-potty cleaner with only 9 subscribers on his budding YouTube channel. Then he posted the video of a Mistletoe Kissing Prank he pulled on BYU campus.
Literally overnight, his channel was exploding with views and subscribers. In its first week, the video had 10 million views, and within a few weeks his channel had 100,000 subscribers. He was being contacted by news stations wanting to air his video and interview him.
Do you know why "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" was removed from the hymnal? Or the extra verses for "The Spirit of God"? Learn more about these and other favorite LDS hymns.
The history behind LDS hymns is rich with fascinating stories and quirky facts. Don't believe us? Just check out these fun finds about the history and form of some favorite hymns of LDS Living readers and other common conference tunes:
How Great Thou Art
Today's version of this hymn is loosely based on a German translation of a Russian translation of a Swedish hymn, "O Mighty God." In 1923, English missionaries heard the song in German and translated it from memory, and added new pieces based on the breathtaking scenery they witnessed in their travels.
However, at that time, they only wrote the first three verses.
The fourth verse didn't come until after World War II. Those same missionaries added the last verse, inspired by refugees in Britain who constantly asked, "When can we go home?" Thus, the fourth verse focuses on the joys of our heavenly home.
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's highly acclaimed musical 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' Returns to the Tuacahn Amphitheatre August 1st-October 16th.
Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son.
Directed and choreographed by Derryl Yeager, “Joseph” retells in Biblical proportions the classic story of Joseph and his prophetic dreams. Experience with Joseph his adventures of betrayal by his jealous brothers, of being sold into Egypt, of thwarting Potiphar’s wife, of landing in jail, and of eventually becoming Pharaoh’s’ ‘Number 2.’
This magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door. “Joseph” is set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll. Add in the magnificent Old Testament like landscape that only the magnificent canyon of Tuacahn can offer, and you have a classic tale told in a way that the entire family will never forget.