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El Clarín de 7 de febrero del 2016

Transcript of 7 February El Clarín

  • One of the great joys of my calling as Mission President is the privilege I have to interview

    all 174 missionaries in this wonderful missionEl Faro. These one-on-one visits help me understand where the missionary is emotionally, physically, spiritually, and linguistically. Every interview cycle I have left

    feeling inspired, lifted, motivated and thrilled by the strength, capacity, dedication and determination

    of our missionariesyou! I have a kneeling prayer in Spanish with every missionary to invite the Spirit and can ascertain quite a bit about his/her progress in our mission language. I also have the

    opportunity to teach missionary discussions in Spanish and I have to say, in general, that the Castellano

    I hear is quite good. However, I believe it can be even better. D&C 90:11 states that ,Every man shall hear the fullness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language, through those who are

    ordained unto this power. PMG encourages us to strengthen our personal testimony to bring converting power to our words by 1) learning the gospel thoroughly and 2) then learn to express our

    testimony powerfully in the language of Castellano. Learning high quality Spanish does not come

    easily or casually. It comes with the help of the Lord and a lot of hard work.

    The first thing we should all seek is the gift of tongues by which our capacity to speak

    Spanish is augmented by the power of the Holy Ghost. Part of seeking the gift of tongues is to labor

    and struggle and to do all we can to learn the language. PMG invites us to study, practice and use the

    mission language each day. My favorite quote on language by Elder Holland states that, We would hope that every missionary learning a new proselyting language would master it in every way

    possible And as you do so, your proselyting and testifying skills will improve. You will be better received by and more spiritually impressive to your investigators. Dont be satisfied with what we call a missionary vocabulary only. Stretch yourself in the language, and you will gain greater access to the

    hearts of the people.

    The principles of learning a new language include being dedicated and diligent. PMG

    encourages us to take personal responsibility for pushing ourselves to learn as much as we cannever be satisfied with where we are. Our study must be meaningful. Study the parts of the language which

    will help you say what you want and need to say. Studying new words and new verbs is not enough.

    We need to study grammar to understand word placement. After learning a new concept, it must be

    practiced over and over before it will be retained. I would admonish you not to be casual and

    haphazard about your language study. Be diligent about using that hour the way it should be used.

    Create the language plan suggested by PMG. Set goals, decide on which learning tools help you the

    most and stick to them. You should all have a quality Spanish grammar book, an English/Spanish

    dictionary, and a pocket notebook to write new words as you hear them. In addition take advantage

    of reading regularly and consistently from the Book of Mormon and Preach My Gospel. Especially the

    lessons you teach must be mastered and delivered without stumbling or searching for the right word.

    Memorize vocabulary and commonly-used phrases.

    Message From Presidente Dayton

    Mastering Our Mission Language in Every Way Possible

    7 de Febrero de 2016El Clarn de El Faro

  • Listening carefully to natives speak and trying to reproduce exactly the way they

    pronounce words will help a lot. Avoid the tendency to Americanize the common cognates (oportunidad) or other Spanish words which are used commonly. Dont hesitate to ask some to hablems despacio, por favor (speak more slowly, please). Dont be afraid to make a mistake. Be bold in trying out your new words and phrases. Learn the common idioms (e.g. antemano=beforehand,

    mientras tanto=in the mean time) and ways in which phrases are spoken differently in Spanish (e.g. for

    make a decision in Spanish you dont say hacer una decision you say tomar una decision). Ask your companion or a native how something is said (Como se dice _______?). All of the lesson practicas

    should, of course be done in Spanish, with the senior companion helping out with pronunciation. Set a

    personal goal to learn a certain number of new words each week (for example, learning 30 new words

    a week will increase your vocabulary by over 3,000 words in 2 years). Push yourself to learn new verbs

    and their conjugations. Whenever you try to say something and cant say it smoothly in Spanish, do something about it so it never happens again.

    My dear fellow missionaries, I love this beautiful language of Castellano! I have made

    some progress in learning how to speak it, but I want to do much better. I believe the Lord will bless us

    with more success as we strive to speak our mission language correctly. May the Lord bless you that

    you will try to master the mission language in every way possible.

    Con deseos de hablar como nativo,

    Presidente Merril T Dayton

    Message From Presidente Dayton

    7 de Febrero de 2016El Clarn de El Faro

  • Sincerity vs. Hypocrisy

    Message From Hermana Dayton

    7 de Febrero de 2016El Clarn de El Faro

    Sincerity is being as genuine on the inside as we appear on the outside. It is eagerly doing what is right with transparent motives. I once saw a demonstration illustrating sincerity that I will always remember. The person showed a pitcher of water and asked us to look at it and try to see through to the other side. Of course, we could do this. The lesson was then taught... if someone could see right through us, would they see what we speak and what we do in harmony with our thoughts and feelings? We were encouraged to always check our motives for why we did what we did by asking "why am I doing this?" We were warned to be aware of selfish motives, such as getting attention, winning approval, gaining power, or controlling others. We were taught that relationships were not opportunities to get what we want... it is always important to invest in others and serve others and meet their needs. We were also taught that we should only communicate what we really think and feel. That we should not try to manage perceptions by telling half truths, giving false impressions or exaggerating.

    One of my favorite stories is of a nine years old boy named Bob who was in many foster homes growing up. He tells of a new social worker who sat him down, looked him directly in the eyes, and said, Bobby, I want you to always remember these words: YOU ARE WORTHWHILE! Each time they met, she repeated those words. They became an affirmation of appreciation that he heard over and over again in his head. At age 16 he took a job at the Albany New York Times as a copy boy, and his

    very first boss was a woman named Margaret. After he had worked there about six months, Margaret called him into her office one day and asked him to sit down. She looked him right in the eyes and said to him, I have been the office manager for 15 yearsI have been observing youand I believe YOU ARE FULL OF PROMISE. Those words, on that day, gave him permission to aspire. Those two positive SINCERE messages of appreciation played over and over again in his head and ultimately gave him the courage to be the very best he could be. Sixteen years later he became the Publisher of the Albany New York Times, and seven years after that, he became CEO of Hearst Newspapers, one of the largest newspaper companies in the worldand he credits it all to those simple SINCERE words of appreciation and love. What a wonderful example of how little WORDS OF SINCERE appreciation can make such a difference in a life!

  • Message From Hermana Dayton

    7 de Febrero de 2016El Clarn de El Faro

    In Helaman 3:27 we read, "the Lord is merciful unto all who will, in the SINCERITY of their hearts, call upon His holy name." and in Moroni 10:4 it says, "if ye shall ask with a SINCERE heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you." The Lord desires for each of us to be sincere.

    We can apply sincerity to missionary work by:

    --Being sincere as we bear our testimonies

    --Being sincere and genuine as we compliment our companions, investigators, ward members and others

    --Being sincere as we pray to Heavenly Father expressing our deepest thoughts and desires

    --Being sincere in honoring and obeying mission rules

    --Being sincere as we express our love for investigators, even when they do not join the church

    President Dayton and I sincerely love each one of you. We are grateful for the opportunity to know you and serve with you in this special mission. We feel such gratitude to the Lord for giving us this unique opportunity to serve, grow closer to you and to the Savior. We love you and we pray sincerely each day that you will be watched over and feel happiness as you faithfully serve the Lord.

    Much love--

    Hermana Dayton

    Christlike Attributes- Faith, Charity, Love, Virtue, Hope, and Humility, Knowledge & Wisdom, Patience, Diligence, Creativity, Enthusiasm, Generosity, Forgiveness, Dependability, Availability, Orderliness, Gratitude, Endurance, Persuasiveness, Compassion, Alerness, Character, Decisiveness, Determination, Truthfulness, Benevolence, Honor, Sincerity

  • Percentage of Missionaries with Baptism

    7 de Febrero de 2016El Clarn de El Faro