Friday, June 27, 2014

World Cup: LDS missionaries teach English to Brazilian transportation workers

Missionaries in Salvador, Brazil, utilize their English skills to teach the language to local transportation workers preparing for the World Cup soccer tournament.

Missionaries serving in Brazil during the ongoing 2014 World Cup soccer tournament face some unique opportunities and challenges.
Yes, the excitement and festiveness surrounding the massive event bring crowds of happy people together like few other things can. But the revelry and spectacle that define the month-long tournament is not always conducive with the day-to-day missionary activities — or their sacred gospel message.
Many mission presidents in Brazil have asked their elders and sisters to stay at home during the soccer games. Missionaries are utilizing their down time during World Cup games for personal development. They are brushing up on their teaching and language skills and spending quiet time with the scriptures and other missionary materials.

In the coastal city of Salvador, many missionaries in the Brazil Salvador Mission spent the weeks leading up to the tournament helping the city’s public transportation workers learn English.

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LDS Church issues statement regarding overturned Utah marriage amendment

The LDS Church issued a statement Wednesday regarding traditional marriage.
Read it here.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Did you Know?

There are six different angel Moroni designs. 
The most common Moroni design was created for President Hinckley’s revolutionary small temples.
It stands atop 74 temple spires.  

Only 10 temples have Moroni holding something
 in his left hand
You can spy a plates-toting version of Moroni on the Los Angeles California, Washington D.C., Seattle Washington, Jordan River Utah, and Mexico City Mexico Temples. Or you can look for a scroll-carrying version of the Moroni statue on the Anchorage Alaska, Bismarck North Dakota, Columbus Ohio, Kona Hawaii, and Caracas Venezuela Temples.

At Church, why do we sit on the back pew when there are plenty of open seats at the front?

There may, of course, be perfectly good reasons to sit near the back: a fidgety baby, a legitimate need to slip out early before the meeting ends, wheelchair access, the highly contagious Ebola virus, etc.

I would love hear from you in the comments session.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Brazil Is “Part of Heart of the Church,” Says Elder Nelson

“Let us encourage all around us to more openly express the effects of faith upon their daily lives. As we speak more often about this powerful influence, we will be more devoted in our efforts to protect this most important liberty.” 

—Elder Neil L. Anderson of the Quorum of Twelve

12 things parents raising bilingual children need to know

Article by © Rita Rosenback 2014

 1– It doesn't happen by magic
Children do not become bilingual “by magic”. There is a persistent myth claiming that “children are like sponges when it comes to language” and that they will learn all languages they hear regularly – this is simply not true. Yes, in the right circumstances children will naturally grow up to acquire the family languages, but this cannot be taken for granted.
2 – You need a plan
To be in with the best chance of succeeding in bringing up bilingual children, you need to plan ahead. How fluent do you want your children to be? What about reading and writing? Who speaks what and when? Discuss this in the family and agree on the goals.
3 – Consistency is crucial
Once you have your plan, you need to commit to it as a family and stay consistent in your language use. Yes, children can certainly become bilingual if parents mix their languages with them, but the risk that they will at some point prefer to stick to the majority language is far greater if they have become used to the minority language parent easily switching to the majority language.
4 – You will have to pay attention to exposure times
Once you have your plan, you need to look into how much exposure your children get to each language. There is general recommendation that children should be exposed to a language at least thirty percent of their waking time to naturally become bilingual. This should however only be taken as a guidance – depending on the type of exposure, children might need more or less time to acquire a language.
5 – You will have to invest some extra time (and sometimes maybe a bit of money)
You will need to find the time talk a lot, to do the reading and to find resources to help your children learn the language. You might find that you need to use your holidays to make a trip to boost your children’s motivation to speak the language.
6 – There will be doubters
Not everyone will agree with you that it is a good idea to raise your children to speak all family languages. There will be those who tell you that there is no point, that it is not going to work. Others will think that you are expecting too much of your children, and some will say that you are confusing your children with all these languages. Ignore these doubters, but also forgive them, as they do not know what they are talking about.
7 – Don’t listen to bad advice
There might be times when a professional tells you to stop speaking a certain language to your children. If in doubt with regards to your child’s language development – speak to a specialist who is experienced in dealing with bilingual children.
8 – It is not always easy
There will be all sorts of challenges along your family’s multilingual journey – apart from the doubters and the ill-informed “experts” there will be more mundane obstacles: will you be able to stick to your plan when “life happens” and offers its surprises in form of changed family circumstances, moves, career progressions, influence from others and so on? When it feels difficult, ask for advice and help.

9 – Your child might answer you in the “wrong” language

This one usually hits the minority language parent. You feel that you have done everything right and stayed consistent, and still your darling comes home from school one day and no longer answers you in your language. You will feel disappointed and disheartened if it this happens, but it is crucial that you don’t give up at this point, and that you continue to stay consistent and if possible, also increase the exposure time.
10 – Your children will gain an array of benefits by becoming bilingual
If you are still in doubt about whether to bring up your children to become bilinguals or not, read about all the great benefits your children will gain if you do decide to do it. We all want what is best for our children, so why wouldn't you support yours to have the wonderful gift of speaking more than one language?
11 – You will never regret it
I can assure you, you will not regret your decision to stick with it and make sure that your children grow up to speak all the family languages. On the other hand, I have heard several parents who are sad that they gave up on passing on their languages – not to mention the many adults expressing their disappointment that they were not taught a language their mother or father knew when they were small.
12 – You will be proud
You will be immensely proud when your children for the first time speak to their grandparents or other relatives in “their” language. I can assure you that the feeling is absolutely wonderful. Not only will you be proud, so will your children and the rest of your family. You will also be a great role model to other families.
May the peace and power be with you.

© Rita Rosenback 2014
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Mickey Mouse in Brazil for 2014 Soccer World Cup - Video Clip

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mormon selfies spread as Latter-day Saints share Book of Mormon experiences

Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invited those who have read the Book of Mormon to share their testimonies in a four-part challenge.

The missionaries created a Facebook page titled "Called to Share" in early June and asked Latter-day Saints to participate in a series of online events.
The first event began June 10, when fans of the page were asked to share a picture of themselves holding the Book of Mormon along with a description of how they first discovered the sacred text and the hashtag "#discoverthebook."

The second weeklong event, titled "Share the Book," begins June 17, and LDS Church members are invited to share a powerful experience they've had while reading the Book of Mormon.

Let's go to participate!!!!!!!!!!!

New Salt Lake Temple President

The former BYU President Cecil Samuelson Called as Salt Lake Temple President

Cecil Osborn Samuelson Jr., 72, Holladay 25th Ward, Salt Lake Holladay South Stake, called as president of the Salt Lake Temple, succeeding President O. Claron Alldredge Jr. President Samuelson’s wife, Sharon Giauque Samuelson, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Lillian S. Alldredge. An emeritus General Authority, he was recently released as president of Brigham Young University and has served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, regional representative, stake president, branch president and high councilor. A retired physician, he was born in Salt Lake City to Cecil Osborn and Janet Brazier Samuelson.
Sister Samuelson has served as ward Relief Society, Young Women and Primary president. She was born in Salt Lake City to James Arnold and Evva Marjorie Reese Giauque Jr.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Every four years Brazilians paint their streets for the love of football.
This year they're sharing it with the world.
Watch a country brought to life by its people.
Explore the colorful streets of Brazil in Google Maps.
Take a tour on

Saturday, June 7, 2014