Do you believe in prophecy? Do you believe that anyone can know of something more than one hundred years before it happens? I do; in fact, I know that prophets can foretell the future. I also know that we have prophets living in our day.
In 1833 the Prophet Joseph Smith foretold something that came true this month. “For it shall come to pass in that day, that every man shall hear the fulness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language, through those who are ordained unto this power, by the administration of the Comforter, shed forth upon them for the revelation of Jesus Christ” (Doctrine and Covenants 90:11).
This revelation was fulfilled in a new way during the 184th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held on October 4-5, 2014. “With each talk being translated into 93 languages, members in non-English-speaking nations heard the conference proceedings in their own language. However, for the first time members in various parts of the world heard four General Authorities’ voices – not those of translators – as they spoke from the pulpit in their native tongues.” Elder Carlos A. Godoy of the Seventy spoke in Portuguese, and Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong of the Seventy spoke in Cantonese while Elder Hugo E. Martinez and Elder Eduardo Gavarret, both of the Seventy, spoke in Spanish.
I appreciated hearing the various languages and thought they were all beautiful, but I had a difficult time concentrating on the English translation of the talks. I think that I personally would feel the Holy Ghost stronger closed captioning rather than hearing two voices speaking at the same time. Since this is the very first time that conference speakers have spoken in languages other than English, I feel certain that some adjustments will be made. The overriding feeling I have is gratitude that my sisters and brothers can hear General Authorities speak in their native languages.