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Hundreds prepare work of translating LDS General Conference

Hundreds prepare work of translating LDS General Conference

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Hundreds of volunteers and employees of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are preparing to translate LDS General Conference into 92 languages when it airs this weekend.

The bulk of the translating is done live, but Church Event Manager Brad Lindsay says translators still rehearse and practice.

"We give them scenarios and situations. We run them through the gauntlet," he said.

Mongolian interpreter Chuluun Walker says translating the broadcast is something she looks forward to.

"It's a big responsibility, lots of pressure. But it is an honor and I feel very humbled," she said.

A lot of that pressure comes because, as Lindsay says, "We have a onetime shot at it. It has to be good the first time."

Fabio Sagebin has been translating Conference into Portuguese for about 15 years.

"I can imagine someone listening in Brazil to my voice. It becomes personal," he said.

Interpreters work in groups of four, making sure no mistakes are made and taking turns when necessary. They say they try to capture not just the words, but also the emotion of the speaker.

The 180th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will take place Oct. 2 - 3 in Salt Lake City. It will air live on KSL-TV and KSL Newsradio will re-broadcast the conference on Sunday and Monday morning. CLICK HERE for more information.


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