Mission jargon can be confusing for some members who aren't as quick to pick up on the lingo. So here's your crash course in Mission Lingo 101.
It’s understandable that members become a little distraught when they hear a missionary at their dinner table say that their last companion died, (or even worse, that the elder sitting across the table killed them). They may not realize, however, that the missionary is merely using mission lingo to say that their last companion had finished their mission and gone home.
If this ever takes place at your dinner table, you may become lost in translation. But take heart, though: it’s a common misunderstanding, given how often missionaries use lingo that’s a part of a subculture that naturally blossoms while they labor in the vineyard.
Wherever the source, returned missionaries from all over the globe attest that it was prominent in their service. It has drifted in the air of the southwest deserts of Arizona. It has run along the Gap River which gallivants through Daejeon, South Korea. It has turned the corners of oil-stained streets in Philadelphia and stirred in the City Bowl of Capetown, South Africa.
It was a new discovery for Sister Osanna Emrazian, who couldn’t believe her ears when she heard that her trainer had given birth—to her! Soon she began to embrace the idioms, after she learned that she was, in fact, “the baby”— and consequently, she also had “sisters” (female missionaries who had also been tutored by the same trainer) and would eventually become a “mom” herself.
We're excited to see what kind of beautiful images come out of general conference this weekend! As we head in, we're remembering some of the best memes (here, used to describe popular quotes made visual) from the last conference.
General conference is just around the corner! Get in the spirit and test your knowledge with our general conference trivia quiz! (Answers featured at the very bottom.)
1. General conference was a three-day event until which year?
2. How many times has general conference been delayed or canceled?
3. Which year was general conference broadcast from the Peter Whitmer farm in Fayette, New York?
4. Which prophet wiggled his ears during his priesthood session talk?
a. Spencer W. Kimball
b. Gordon B. Hinckley
c. Thomas S. Monson
5. Who was the first woman to speak in general conference?
a. Michaelene P. Grassli, general Primary president, in 1988
b. Barbara B. Smith, general Relief Society president, in 1979
c. Ardeth G. Kapp, general Young Women president, in 1984
6. Which year did Church leaders announce in conference the addition of “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” as a subtitle to the Book of Mormon?
Just because your kids are young and active doesn’t mean you have to shy away from museum experiences. In fact, the simplest games can not only keep them entertained, but can also cultivate their eyes for beauty.
I don’t mean to brag, but our city has some great art museums. Still, I hadn’t considered taking my kids to them. I like my kids to be “cultured,” but the idea of a toddler and preschooler in a room full of masterpieces conjured up some frightening possibilities. So when a friend suggested we take a field trip to a local gallery, I went solely out of peer pressure. Keeping expectations low (and kids inside the stroller), we found a quiet gallery and played a game I knew my children already liked—“I Spy.” They were charmed, and I was relieved!
Since then, we’ve invented our own “gallery games”—kinetic and verbal art museum activities. Different from the wonderful hands-on art projects many museums offer for children, our gallery games are designed for connecting with the art that is already on display.
Packing Your Bag for Fun
Even if your kids have never seen an art museum—aside from the one they created on your refrigerator—this can be fun. As with any new experience, though, kids need prepping. Don’t surprise them with unpleasant details once you’re inside (unless you’re aching for a meltdown). These ideas helped us to make the most of our visit:
1. Brief everyone on museum rules. “Walk, don’t run,” “Don’t touch or sit on anything that might be art,” “Stand at least three feet from the art piece,” and “Use the same voice we use in the library” are fairly universal. Practice these manners beforehand with very young children, and you’ll be ahead of the game.