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How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?

I served as an LDS missionary for two years and I think it can be predominantly attributed to a few simple things. 8-12 weeks in the Missionary Training Center where you study the language for at ...
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Why do we use the name "Jesus" if the apostles did not use it?

Your question seems to be referring to: And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. - Acts 4:12 ESV Which in context ...
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In which language did Pontius Pilate communicate with Jesus?

There is reason to believe that the language Pilate communicated with Jesus was Greek. After all it was the language of commerce at that time throughout the Mediterranean world. Let us not forget that ...
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What languages did Jesus speak?

There is a plethora of evidence that Hebrew was a living language in the Land at the time of Christ and used by the common people. It is called Mishnaic Hebrew in the grammars and encyclopedias. ...
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What version of the bible do Greek speaking Christians use?

The language has certainly changed. As such, translations into modern Greek are used. Today's Greek Bible is often used, and translations by the Hellenic Bible Society have the Blessing and Approval ...
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Is this distinction of biblical "love" terminology compatible with scripture?

The commonly held understanding is partially correct, but overstated. In reality, the semantic range of the words is broader. Agape It is true that the words ἀγαπάω (agapaó) and ἀγάπη (agapé) came ...
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In Genesis, how did the first language come to be?

By being made in the image of God, God granted man one of his attributes- namely the ability to communicate. As a God in communion and relationship with himself ("let us create man in our image Gen 1....
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How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?

Reflecting back on my mission experience abroad, I can say that it comes down to three main reasons to answer, "Why do Mormon missionaries learn foreign language so quickly?" 1) The belief in the ...
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How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?

My experience was that those missionaries who are required to learn a foreign language usually spend 8-10 weeks in language training. Some missionaries have previous exposure to the language of their ...
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When did the Church in the West begin communicating in Latin, instead of Greek?

The first major Christian theologian to write primarily in Latin was Tertullian (155–240): his association with a heretical movement is all that prevents him from being universally considered the ...
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What is LDS policy/teaching on not taking God's name in vain in languages where it is extremely common?

It may be helpful first to understand exactly what is mean by the word "vain." The NOAD defines vain as "producing no result, useless" and "having no meaning or likelihood of fulfillment." The use ...
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Does Christianity recommend learning other languages or dealing with non-christians?

Most Christian denominations accept, at least in some part, the teaching of what we call The Great Commission. There are many proof verses for this, but one of the most common is this: Matthew 28:...
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What were the original languages of the Nicene Creed?

The lingua franca of the world during the early years of Christianity was Greek. Latin was the official language of Rome and used throughout the Empire for some official business, but even Rome used ...
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How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?

I work at the Missionary Training Center and my boss often speaks of when officials from the Army's language school came to study our curriculum to try and figure out how our missionaries learned ...
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Why did the Catholic Church adopt the use of Latin, the language of the crucifiers of Jesus?

Why has the Catholic Church adopted the use of Latin, the language of the crucifiers of Jesus? Before going on I would simply like to point out two things. First of all that the Language that ...
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How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?

There have been many good answers on this subject. Having been an observer of the missionary process to learn a language, I will share my insight. They do immerse themselves into the language from ...
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How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?

I served as an Elder in the LDS church as a missionary. While I didn't serve a foreign mission, my brother and my father (the first in his family to join the church) did. It's been mentioned several ...
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Are there any examples of sarcasm in the bible?

A bit of sarcasm from our Lord: "And he said to them: 'You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!'" (Mark 7:9 NIV). This is perhaps more ...
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Do all Catholic seminary schools require instruction in Latin and/or Greek?

Do all Catholic seminary schools require instruction in Latin and/or Greek? Not all Catholic seminaries require their seminarians to learn Latin unfortunately. Greek is often an elective in many ...
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What is the Biblical Basis against the use of profanity?

Given your clarification, I would start by pointing out Ephesians 4 and 5 as condemning cussing. Let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but if there is any good word for edification ...
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What version of the bible do Greek speaking Christians use?

The majority of Greek-speaking Christians (Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and the diaspora) belong to the Orthodox Church. While some sectarians (i.e. non-Orthodox) may use some other text, to my knowledge ...
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In which language did Pontius Pilate communicate with Jesus?

Assuming they spoke without a translator, they almost certainly used Greek (Koine or common version). The Romans greatly respected Greek culture from who they derived so much of their culture, all ...
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Why the Western European style names?

They are not "Western European" names per se, instead these names are common in Western Europe, America, etc. specifically because they spread along with Christianity. Names are transliterated ...
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What language(s) was Christ likely to have spoken during his mortal ministry?

The answers to this question will vary according to the various perspectives. Nevertheless, it is thought by some that Jesus spoke only Aramaic. St. Thomas Aquinas seems to be of this opinion also: ...
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Do exorcisms need to be performed in a particular language?

Do exorcisms need to be performed in a particular language? The short answer is no. It may be true that the Devil and his agents hate the use of Latin within the Roman Rite, but an exorcism may be ...
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Why did the Catholic Church adopt the use of Latin, the language of the crucifiers of Jesus?

Just like English, French, and German are the languages of choice in Protestant seminaries starting in the 19th centuries because the scholars speak those languages, the Western half of the Roman ...
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What's the origin of this approach of trying to obtain meaning from the individual letters of Hebrew words?

Psalm 119 may have been an influence, the presentation of each Hebrew letter heading the twenty two sections of the Psalm. I have always taken this as a demonstration of reverence for the word of God, ...
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What's the origin of this approach of trying to obtain meaning from the individual letters of Hebrew words?

In 2010 I found this interpretation of the meaning of the Tetragrammaton as given by a Messianic Jew: YHVH : יהוה Yod - י hand Hey - ה Open Window, to reveal Vav - ו Nail / Tent ...
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What's the origin of this approach of trying to obtain meaning from the individual letters of Hebrew words?

The idea that individual letters mean something is very old. Judaism has always regarded Hebrew as a sacred language, the medium of divine communication. For millennia, its sages and mystics have ...
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