Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Tagalog - Ilokano at dinner. Tue, Dec 12, 2006.

12/12/2006. 769. I was at a dinner and presentation for a group that promotes civic leadership among immigrant communities from a certain part of the world. I had met several of the people before at a festival earlier this year.

One of the ladies told me her mother had given her a Tagalog Book of Mormon (that she had received from me), and this lady wanted another one, so she could give it back to her mother. I went out to the car and got her a Tagalog copy along with two English copies so she and her mother could both have a set. She then mentioned an Ilokano-speaking friend who just recently came to the states and who could use a set, so I retrieved an Ilokano/English pair from the car.

I belong to two ethnic associations, and one regional association. I've been to several events. I didn't plan to make, and didn't make any pitches or presentations tonight, but the church did come up in conversation. I did give the name and phone number of a Mandarin-speaking brother at church, who is teaching a Sunday School class in Mandarin to investigators, to a Chinese couple sitting next to me. That was the most overt thing I did.

It was a cool time. I enjoyed meeting civic-minded, intelligent, uplifting, positive and energetic people from all over the world. And the food was great.

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At 12/13/2006 02:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone asks for a Tagalog Book of Mormon and you have one in your car. And what is Ilokano? Wow. It's so amazing that this seems like almost an everyday experience for you.

At 12/13/2006 03:17:00 PM, Blogger Bookslinger said...

It's the power of the Book of Mormon. And I think it's a testament to the prophetic injunction to flood the earth with it. I think it's amazing what the Lord sets up, and allows you to do with just a little preparation.

I haven't run exact book totals for a long time. But, out of the 760 contacts in 30 months, some declined, and some placements were with multiple people through one contact, so I think there were about 760 placements (of either the BoM or Gospel Fundamentals). That averages to 25 per month.

I feel sort of like Ammon. I was just going to do this one little thing, give out books at Chinese restaurants where I ate. And it mushroomed into something much bigger, beyond my imagination at the time.

Ilokano is one of the dialects of the Philippines. There is a Book of Mormon translation for eight Filipino languages. The most widely spoken, the national language is Tagalog (emphasis on the 2nd syllable, "tah-GAH-lohg"). The Filipino languages which have a Book of Mormon translation are Bikolano, Cebuano, Hiligaynon (also known as Ilonggo), Ilokano, Pampango, Pangasinan, Tagalog, and Waray.

At 5/31/2007 04:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are doing great work. FYI, the phrase "Books of Mormon," against popular opinion of gramtically incorrect. You should't pluralize the title of something, the correct way to say it is copies of the Book of Mormon. Just something to consider as you conintue to flood the earth.


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