Sunday, October 16, 2005

Book of Mormon Languages given out so far, as of April 2011.

Click here to see ALL the languages in which the Book of Mormon has been translated.

The following is a list of languages that I've given out so far in Indianapolis. Countries where the language is spoken are in parenthesis.

Books of Mormon, placed one-on-one, face-to-face:

Afrikaans (South Africa), Albanian (Nov 2007), Amharic (Ethiopia), Arabic, Bengali (Bangladesh, India), Cambodian, Cebuano (Philippines), Croatian, Dutch, Chinese, English, Fante (Ghana), French, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hiligaynon (aka Ilonggo) (Philippines), Hindi (India), Hmong, Hungarian, Igbo (Nigeria), Ilokano (Philippines), Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kisii (Kenya), Korean, Laotian, Latvian, Lingala (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Lithuanian, Mongolian, Navajo, Persian (aka Farsi) (Iran), Polish, Pohnpeian (Micronesia), Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Shona (Zimbabwe), Sinhala (India), Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili (Tanzania, Kenya), Tagalog (Philippines), Tamil (Sri Lanka, India), Telugu (India), Thai, Tongan, Tswana (Botswana), Turkish, Twi (Ghana), Ukrainian, Urdu (Pakistan), Vietnamese, Xhosa (South Africa), Yoruba (Nigeria), Zulu (South Africa). (58 languages.)

Books of Mormon, other languages placed through helpers, or outside of Indianapolis:

Czech, German.

Languages in which there is no Book of Mormon yet, but I placed a copy of Gospel Fundamentals, or Gospel Principles Simplified, or the Joseph Smith Testimony pamphlet:

Bambara, Bemba, Burmese, Ewe, Fon, Fulani, Hausa, Kannada, Luganda (Jan 2011), Malayalam, Mandinka, Marathi, Ndebele, Pashto, Punjabi, Somali (Af-Maxaa dialect), Tshiluba, Wolof. (17)


Languages which are represented in Indianapolis, and for which the church has material (Book of Mormon or other) but I haven't given out any yet.



Languages which I've encountered, for which I don't believe the church has any material.

Chichewa (Malawi), Gujerati (India), Isoko (Nigeria), Somali (Af-Maay dialect), Tigrinya (Eritrea).


At 10/17/2005 08:54:00 PM, Blogger Brian and Nicole said...

I hope you don't mind I put a link to your blog on mine.

At 2/09/2006 03:23:00 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

Try American Sign language. Now that's an impressive placement...(Set of several DVD's)

At 2/09/2006 06:40:00 PM, Blogger Bookslinger said...

Do you think I should give a set to the local state-run deaf school?

At 4/16/2008 04:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was looking for a book of Mormon in Burmese for a friend from Burma. Sometimes that language is also called Mynamar.

At 4/18/2008 08:04:00 AM, Blogger Bookslinger said...

The list of Burmese materials is here.

The only thing available so far (April 2008) is the Joseph Smith Testimony pamphlet.

At 6/26/2008 11:18:00 AM, Blogger Keith Held said...

Have some Burmese investigators here in Odense, Denmark. Seek any material in Burmese beside the Joseph Smith Testimony. Even any non-officiel and private translations.
Bishop Held, Odense first Ward. Denmark.

At 5/02/2009 04:59:00 AM, Blogger Keith Held said...

Taken from the Book: "Law of the Harvest" by David Stewart.:

"With barely half of the world's 100 most spoken languages and only 25 percent of languages spoken by over one million people having a Book of Mormon translation after more than 175 years, new approaches to speed the translation of scripture are needed. Latter-day Saint scripture translations are initiated when approval is given by the area presidency, usually after missionaries have started teaching large numbers of people who speak a given language. A translation typically takes eight to twelve years to be completed. This policy has resulted in the Church repeatedly being unprepared to enter new nations and cultures. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, missionaries had a Russian translation of the Book of Mormon not because of any foresight of the Missionary Department, but through the donation of a private member. Major languages such as Ukrainian had no LDS scripture, even though there had been a sizeable LDS Ukrainian community in Canada for decades. Other denominations, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh-Day Adventists, swept across Western Ukraine and achieved rapid growth. LDS missionaries entered Ukrainian-speaking regions of Ukraine only six years later after an expedited translation of the Book of Mormon had been completed. Modest growth was still achieved, but the window of high spontaneous religious interest of earlier years had been lost. Several of my mission companions in Russia were transferred to the Baltic States, where they were assigned to learn Latvian and Lithuanian, which had no LDS scriptures until eight to ten years later. Finding, teaching, and baptizing converts without the Book of Mormon and without any official LDS literature presented special difficulties. Recognizing that the Book of Mormon is the key to missionary work, that the gospel message must go to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, and that the first few years in every newly opened nation represent a time of exceptional receptivity, it would seem that the need for Book of Mormon translations in major world languages could be proactively anticipated. We know from population and linguistic data how many individuals speak each language without having to wait for prolonged missionary contact and field research. Harnessing the translation and outreach expertise of expatriate and immigrant members through global planning and coordination would be central to such a strategy."

At 4/03/2010 10:29:00 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

Is there anyone here who can assist me? I have a coworker who is from Kerala and speaks Malayalam. He is Catholic, but has shown some serious interest in the Church. Any information you can provide me would be helpful on how to get information to him that is in his native language from the Church (or about the Church). I can be reached by email at: .

At 4/05/2010 08:47:00 AM, Blogger Bookslinger said...

The church has two items available in Malayalam:

Gospel Principles Simplified, catalog # 33406-349, $2.00.

The Prophet Joseph Smith's Testimony, catalog # 32667-349, $0.40.

See them online at:

However, you can't order them over the internet, you have to phone in
or mail in your order. 801-240-3800, or toll free 800-537-5001.

The English equivalent of "Gospel Principles Simplified" is
actually "Gospel _Fundamentals_", Item number: 31129-000, cost $3.00.


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