“I think it will be a tremendous benefit for all missionaries. The missionaries who already speak Spanish will be exposed to English, and the missionaries learning Spanish will be more exposed to Spanish all the time.” (Mexico MTC President Carl Pratt)
The first group of missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints arrived Wednesday to officially launch the church's new Missionary Training Center facility in Mexico City.
LDS officials said the inaugural group at the new MTC facility consists of some 100 new missionaries
Missionaries who already speak Spanish will train at the Mexico City MTC for two weeks, while those who are learning Spanish will train for six weeks. After they complete their training, the missionaries will depart for service in Spanish-speaking missions in Central and South America, as well as in the United States.The Mexico City MTC will be the second-largest MTC in the church, after the MTC in Provo, Utah
"To assist with the high volume of missionaries this summer, about 30 teachers from the Provo MTC will work in Mexico in the coming months for six weeks at a time," "Eventually, the Mexico MTC will employ up to 150 part-time teachers who will all live in the area."
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement today regarding the decisions announced by the United States Supreme Court on cases involving marriage:
"By ruling that supporters of Proposition 8 lacked standing to bring this case to court, the Supreme Court has highlighted troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates. Many Californians will wonder if there is something fundamentally wrong when their government will not defend or protect a popular vote that reflects the views of a majority of their citizens.
"In addition, the effect of the ruling is to raise further complex jurisdictional issues that will need to be resolved.
"Regardless of the court decision, the Church remains irrevocably committed to strengthening traditional marriage between a man and a woman, which for thousands of years has proven to be the best environment for nurturing children. Notably, the court decision does not change the definition of marriage in nearly three-fourths of the states."
With the worldwide LDS missionary force surging due to the recent reduction in age for missionary service, church leaders yesterday spoke via satellite to a global gathering of missionaries and local church officers and members, presenting innovative approaches to missionary work, including the use of the Internet by full-time missionaries in their work and the opening of local meetinghouses to guided tours.
The broadcast was part of the annual training for new mission presidents, numbering 173 this year, more than ever before, gathered this week at the Provo Missionary Training Center for four days of instruction.
“To all the full-time missionaries sharing in this broadcast around the world, we say never again in your entire life are you going to be part of a zone conference this large!” said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum the Twelve as he conducted the meeting.
“To the many members of the church gathered in innumerable locations, we affirm that ward and stake councils can no longer say of this great army of missionaries, ‘There they go.’ No, the hour is upon us in which we must now say, ‘Here they come.’ All of us must plan for and use this heaven-sent resource in the most productive way possible.”
The number of full-time missionaries worldwide has surged from some 52,000 to an unprecedented 70,274 after last October’s announcement that the age of eligibility for service would be lowered from 19 to 18 for men and from 21 to 19 for women. Fifty-eight new missions were created to accommodate the increase, bringing the total to 405.
"(Elder Perry)...that Internet access and use of digital devices by missionaries will be introduced in phases over the next several months and into next year.
“Of course safety is paramount in this new frontier of missionary work,” Elder Perry said. “Mission presidents will monitor missionaries’ online work to help them remain safe in all they do.”
A complaint often received from people interested in the church is they build up courage to stop by an LDS house of worship only to find it locked and empty, Elder Perry noted. The meetinghouses will now be opened for guided tours by missionaries.
"Mormonism in Pictures” is a photo essay feature from Newsroom depicting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members around the world.
Historic Temple Square, in downtown Salt Lake City, is one of the most visited places in Utah. Each year, more than 5 million people walk through one of four entrances to view a multicolored landscape and well-manicured lawns.
Inside the 10-acre block of Temple Square, flowers, trees and bushes surround the Salt Lake Temple, historic Tabernacle, Assembly Hall, two visitors' centers and several statues of special significance to Latter-day Saints. All add to the peace that is found on Temple Square.
Sister missionaries from all over the world lead tours on Temple Square
Inside the South Visitors’ Center is a cut-away model of the Salt Lake Temple, as seen in this photo. Displays showing how the temple was built and videos of the Church’s award-winning Home-front public service announcements are available to view.
Two Elders finally find someone to baptize in a man who has already been attending church for the past 30 years. Elder Moreno shares why he left a promising professional soccer career to serve a mission.
If you should need a song, I’ll stop and sing one.
If you should need a kiss, that’s what you’ll get.
I’ll gladly stop whatever I am doing
To help the greatest dad I’ve ever met.
If you should need a snack, I’ll stop and fix one.
A listening ear? I’ll stop and give you two.
You’re always there for me, and, dearest Daddy,
I plan on always being there for you.
So if you ever need my full attention,
Hold up this little sign, and there I’ll be.
I’ll always stop for you because I love you—
You taught me how by always loving me.
Mount pages on poster board or cardboard. Cut out the stop sign and the Father’s Day card. Glue, or have an older person staple, a paint-stirring stick or dowel to the back of the stop sign, as shown in illustration 1.
Glue your photo onto the card, as shown in illustration 2.
A few Mormon missionaries struggle to find someone to teach. The sister missionaries try to help a family decide on baptism, but when tragedy strikes at home, Sister Voyles has to decide if she should stay or go home.
Despite battling cancer, Felipe finds the strength in his Mormon faith to keep dancing and keep smiling through life. Trials, he says, can make the sun shine brighter. See more at http://www.mormon.org/felipe