The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sends thousands of young men and women out as missionaries each year, often into countries where they don't already speak the language. The church recently lowered the age requirements for missionary service and are emphasizing the need for people to do more to prepare themselves to be missionaries. With these changes, the training period for most missionaries in the Missionary Training Center is going to be cut by about a third.
The Ultimate Morning Study guide is a resource tailored to specific mission languages to help LDS missionaries focus their learning about the grammar, culture, vocabulary and accent of the target language before and during their missions. The guide provides a handy reference for learning LDS terms in the target language and provides resources for more-effective morning study.
I was once one of those missionaries and know how difficult adjusting to a new language and culture can be. We were urged to study the language and culture every day as part of our morning study, but were not given any specific materials to assist us with this. The Ulmiate Morning Study Guide will be just that.
Planned Contents of the Ultimate Morning Study Guide:
-A place to record mission history
-grammar lessons for the mission language
-pronunciation lessons for the mission language
-practical cultural lessons for the culture of the mission language
-vocabulary lists of relevant topics for missionaries. A glossary of common gospel terms in the mission language.
-Side by side (English/Mission Language) of talks relating to missionary work
-LDS Documents such as the Proclamation on the Family and the Living Christ, side by side in both languages.
-Articles of Faith and Scripture Mastery scriptures side by side in both languages.
-Blank pages to take notes.
-A culture-specific mission checklist of things to do and milestones to achieve
-Open to suggestions!
What We Need & What You Get
I am asking raise $1200 in order to compensate others to write different language versions of the guide based on my German one and to pay for professional editing. The more funds I receive, the better quality of content developement and editing I can afford.
- Explain how much funding you need and where it’s going. Be transparent and specific—people need to trust you to want to fund you.
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- Describe where the funds go if you don’t reach your entire goal.
LDS Missionaries do untold good throughout the world. They bring Christian values to people all over the world, strengthening their families and pointing them towards God. They set aside everything in their lives for two years and serve others without any monetary compensation. This morning study guide is a way to empower these faithful young men and women to do their work even better.
I know a great deal about language and culture teaching. For the last two years, I have been writing online German courses for high school and middle school students, and these course are now being used by the prestigous language-learning company Middlebury Interactive Languages. I have my degree in German Teaching and have taught courses to students of all ages.
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