Church to Translate Scriptures in 34 More Languages; Will Release Portions Online

  • 10 October 2017

A family in the Philippines read scriptures together.

Article Highlights

  • The Church will begin translating the scriptures in 34 more languages.
  • Completed portions will be made available on LDS.org and the Gospel Library app.

“As members prayerfully learn and teach from the scriptures, their testimonies will grow and they will receive greater direction in their daily lives.” —The First Presidency

The Church has announced planned translation projects for 34 additional languages, plus a new process that will allow members earlier access to the scriptures in their language.

Planned translations

New scripture translation projects approved over the last several years include the Book of Mormon in Burmese, Efik, Georgian, Navajo, Pohnpeian, Sesotho, and Tshiluba; and the triple combination of the scriptures in American Sign Language, Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Bislama, Greek, Hiligaynon, Hindi, Hmong, Lao, Lingala, Malay, Persian, Polish, Serbian, Setswana, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Tahitian, Tamil, Telugu, Tok Pisin, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Yoruba.

New process 

In a letter dated October 9, 2017, the First Presidency listed these projects and introduced a new process that will allow individuals to study draft portions of translations prior to publication of final translations, which means members will have earlier access to the scriptures in their language.

“As translations proceed, completed portions can be released in sequence from time to time,” the letter states. “These sequential portions, although not considered final until the full translation is completed, will be made available on LDS.org and in the Gospel Library mobile application.”

A father and son in the Congo use a tablet to view scriptures..

A young woman in Indonesia uses her smartphone to view scriptures.

The initial release for a few selected languages will begin on November 30, 2017. As translations are completed, with the necessary reviews and approvals, the earlier sequential releases will be replaced by final versions, with printed editions to follow.

Translation projects take several years, as scripture texts are carefully translated. Therefore, projects are currently in various stages. The initial release of approved draft translations will include content that has been translated and reviewed by local leaders. Additional portions of translations will continue to be released periodically. Translations that are currently nearing completion will not have drafts published.

The First Presidency asks that while translation projects are underway or pending, members and leaders “continue using the current translations of the Articles of Faith, sacrament prayers, and baptismal prayer until new translations are complete.”

LDS editions of the scriptures are translated and available in the following number of languages:

LDS Editions of Scriptures

Number of Languages

Holy Bible

3

Preferred Non-LDS Editions of Bible

95

The Book of Mormon

90

Selections from the Book of Mormon

21

The Doctrine and Covenants and
the Pearl of Great Price

58