Friday, May 20, 2011

Samoan LDS Scriptures Now a Triple Combination

I just saw the following bit of exciting news, found on the News and Events webpage of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

A Samoan edition of the triple combination of the scriptures--the Book of Mormon; the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, and the Guide to the Scriptures, a study aid, all bound together--is now available in local Church distribution centers and at

Those familiar with me and my blog know that I served a full-time, two-year mission to the Samoan islands, beginning in 2001. Ten years ago we were hearing rumors of this project, and now it has come to complete fruition. You can imagine how stoked I am.

Though the Samoans have had the LDS scriptures in their language for many years, this is the first time all three volumes have been bound together with the footnotes, maps, chronologies, etc. The Book of Mormon was first translated into Samoan beginning in 1900, and was finished sometime in 1903; whereas the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price were translated by the early 1950s.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly referred to as Mormons, consider the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price to contain God's words as revealed to ancient and modern prophets. We do not, however, consider these books of scripture to be substitutes for the Bible. We use all four works to increase our understanding of and faith in Jesus Christ as Son of God and Savior of the world.

Generally, when a new language edition of the triple combination is made available in print, an Internet version follows soon thereafter. So stay tuned...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Major Dilemma

Today at church, a 16-year-old young man says to me, "I like your beard."

I've had a goatee for about a week now. Deb likes it.

"I don't," I replied, "I'm probably going to shave it."

He nearly floored me with his round-house-kick-of-a-response, "You're beginning to look like Chuck Norris."

Granted, I'm one of two white guys in the whole congregation, and the only one with a full head of hair. Sandy blonde hair. So of course I look like Chuck Norris to a kid who is only used to seeing folks with black hair.

Maybe I won't be shaving; after all, Chuck Norris counted to infinity--twice.