“In the Service of Your God DVD Available in Spanish,” Ensign, Mar. 2006, 78–79
The In the Service of Your God DVD is now available in Spanish, the first DVD produced by the Church Welfare Services Department to be offered in a language other than English. The translated version, Al Servicio de Vuestro Dios, will aid Spanish-speaking congregations worldwide as a resource to help members and leaders learn and apply welfare principles.
Originally produced and distributed to English-speaking areas in 2004, the DVD complements new welfare training lessons available online at www.providentliving.org. Welfare Services reports that the lessons have been used extensively and parallel nicely with training activities for Church leaders.
While the emphasis is on training, the DVD contains material applicable to a broader audience that can be useful for family home evening or youth instruction.
The multifaceted content is divided into three segments. The first uses scripture stories and testimonial vignettes to show how welfare principles should be taught. Clips from this section, such as the dramatization of the parable of the good Samaritan, illustrate what it means to show true compassion to the less fortunate. The second segment features general conference addresses on welfare topics dating from 1986 to 2004, giving latter-day counsel on issues such as debt, fasting, and welfare activity. While the first and second segments resonate with a wide audience, the third segment is tailored to training committees. It explains the responsibility of the welfare council.
Overall, the three segments include 13 video presentations, a total of nearly four hours of footage.
Though some of these clips have been translated to Spanish individually prior to the release of Al Servicio de Vuestro Dios, the DVD debuts four newly translated segments: On the Road to Jericho, Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath, The Good Samaritan, and Administering Welfare through the Relief Society.
The voice-over for the Spanish version was produced in Colombia. Although the translation process is challenging, additional languages are now being considered.
The overriding message of the DVD is stated on the cover: “Cuando os halláis al servicio de vestros semejantes, sólo estáis al servicio de vuestro Dios—When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God” (Mosiah 2:17).
Copies of the DVD in both Spanish and English are available through Church Distribution, priced at $4.50 for individual copies or at $75 for a case of 50.