My students are hungry to learn everything they can about American culture and learning the English language is their road of discovery.
While reading the Book of Mormon I came across a thought provoking
scripture in 2Nephi 31:3 that reminded of this journey of discovery:
"...For the Lord God giveth light unto the understanding; for he
speaketh unto men according to their language, unto their
The Lord is profoundly aware of the Point of Departure of every
language of all the nationalities in the world. And He speaks the
language of truth and light to every nation, kindred, tongue and
people in such a way that it can be understood within the viewpoint
and culture of each nationality. Language and culture are tightly
and distinctly interwoven. Learning a second language is a journey
into a culture.
When language was diversified at the Tower of Babel, the beginning
of a rich tapestry of cultures was also introduced that would
further separate the families of the earth beyond mere language
barriers. Nevertheless, the Gospel of Jesus Christ reaches and
teaches every heart in every language and culture, bringing the same
light and truth to all the honest in heart.