Thursday, June 26, 2008

Joseph Smith's First Vision

A friend of ours was giving a talk on the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ and made an interesting connection to the importance of Joseph Smith's First Vision. He said that of the people he has talked to that have served foreign missions (I would assume the same goes for native speaking missions), no matter how long ago, they can still retell the Joseph Smith story verbatim in the language of their mission. I thought about that, and to my surprise (even with my Spanish growing rustier by the year) could do it without a pause. I'll do it again here without looking at anything:
Vi una columna de luz mas brillante que el sol directamente arriba de mi cabeza; y esta luz [gradualmente] descendio hasta descansar sobre mi... Al reposar sobre mi la luz, vi en el aire arriba de mi a dos Personajes, cuyo fulgor y gloria no admiten descripcion. Uno de ellos me hablo llamandome por mi nombre y dijo, senalando al otro, "Este es mi hijo amado: Escuchalo!"
I missed "gradualmente" but I think my point is still pretty clear. Anybody else out there find this true?


Coach Ann said...

It's interesting what makes a deep impression on our brains and never leaves us. (Although your Spanish is still pretty darn good!)

PATR!K said...

Ako ay nakakita ng isang haligi ng liwanag na tamang-tama sa tapat ng aking ulo, higit pa sa liwanag ng araw, na dahan-dahang bumaba hanggang sa ito ay pumalibot sa akin. Nang tumuon sa akin ang liwanag, nakakita ako ng dalawang Katauhan, na ang liwanag at kaluwalhatian ay hindi kayang maisalarawan, nakatayo sa hangin sa itaas ko. Ang isa sa kanila ay nagsalita sa akin, tinawag ako sa aking pangalan, at nagsabi, itinuturo ang isa--Ito ang aking pinakamamahal na anak. Pakinggan mo siya!

I made a little jingle in the MTC to remember this. Although I didn't get all of it down just right now (I had to refer to for a little bit of help, since I'm at work right now). A good mission buddy of mine and I were talking last Saturday, wondering if we could still recite the first vision... you better believe it!

(this is in tagalog/filipino)