How can you communicate multiple meanings for a word in just a few seconds? Latter-day Saints who use American Sign Language do it every day. Check out these seven gospel words that sign language makes more powerful.
Members of the church come from a variety of places and speak a variety of languages, but one group of Latter-day Saints are especially unique because of their signed language. The first Deaf branch of the church was established in Ogden Utah in 1917 under President Joseph F. Smith. And the LDS Deaf community has only grown since then. In fact, temple sessions, general conference, and many church pageants in the United States now offer American Sign Language interpretation in addition to other widely-spoken languages like Spanish.
Because ASL is a visual language, it is no surprise that signs can convey layers of meaning in a matter of seconds. As you check out the following gospel-related signs, you may be surprised to find your understanding of their English translations become a little more powerful and memorable.
1. Jesus Christ
The sign for “Jesus” has reference to the crucifixion. Touch one palm with the middle finger of the opposite hand, and do the same for the other palm with the other middle finger.
What will actually happen during the Millennium? Find out five myths and learn what we do know about this thousand-year period.
As I completed the writing for the book Living in the Eleventh Hour, it occurred to me that there might be some value in continuing the trek, completing the story, if you will. I honestly had not anticipated a sequel. And so the next weekend I began what might be called a review of the literature. I turned first to the standard works and was absolutely blown away by how much the prophets have spoken about the millennial period. While I was certain that much of my data would come from the Doctrine and Covenants, I was stunned by the doctrinal detail in the Old Testament. I knew that the book of Revelation would be tremendously fertile ground, but I had not realized that the four Gospels, the epistles of Paul and Peter, and the teachings of modern prophets and apostles like Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and Orson Pratt would be so fruitful as well.
These breathtaking pieces of LDS art by Annie Henrie vividly portray various aspects of the Plan of Salvation.
The most fundamental questions in our lives--questions about where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going--are answered when we have a true understanding of the Plan of Salvation. Such an understanding is deepened and enlivened by images illustrating God's eternal plan for His children, like these uniquely beautiful and newly released paintings from artist Annie Henrie.
These images are available in the new book Visions of Hope: An Illustrated Portrayal of God's Plan for Us.
The Creation: All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:2-4
So you want to write about your faith—maybe you have an LDS blog, maybe you’re keeping a journal, or maybe it’s something else entirely. If you're struggling with what to write about and want to keep it faith-focused, start with these 100 ideas!
President Wilford Woodruff is well known for his meticulous journaling habits, and he often taught that it's something we all should do.
It may be considered by some not important to write or keep a record of our work or the work of God, but I believe it is. Otherwise the prophets would not have been moved upon to exhort us to faithfulness upon this subject. The Lord has told us that what we seal on earth shall be sealed in heaven and what we record on earth shall be recorded in heaven, and what is not sealed or recorded on earth is not sealed or recorded in heaven [see D&C 128:7–8]. Therefore it appears to be very important that we do keep a true and faithful record in all things.
Some say [journal keeping] is a great deal of trouble. But we should not call anything trouble which brings to pass good. I consider that portion of my life which has been spent in keeping journals and writing history to have been very profitably spent.
(Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, , Ch. 13: Journals: "Of Far More Worth Than Gold", 125-33)
We all love our Book of Mormon heroes. Which got us thinking, how would Buzzfeed (or any large web site) report the major Book of Mormon stories if they were happening today? Below we've included a few pretty good guesses.
1 Nephi 4: 5-18