Thursday, March 05, 2009

English and Swahili to neighbor. Thu, Mar 5, 2009.

03/05/2009. 1118. Tonight I helped my next door neighbor with some computer stuff, in response to a favor that he asked. We were chit-chatting after we finished, and in answer to one of his questions I said I was in South America as a Mormon missionary. He then continued the conversation along that line asking questions about the church. He went on to say that he'd like to read the Book of Mormon, so I offered him one and he accepted. I went back to my place and retrieved an English copy for him, and a Swahili copy for one of his friends. He graciously accepted them, and continued asking questions which I answered the best I could.

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At 3/08/2009 02:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in a ward where there is a family (three adult/teenage women and six or so children) from Burundi. They speak Swahili. One of the children can speak enough English to translate roughly, but it is awkward.
Today I sat next to the matriarch of the family in Relief Society. She kept looking over at my books, and was quite interested in the pictures in the Joseph Smith manual so I let her look as much as she liked.

I'm wondering if there are Swahili versions of the Joseph Smith manual. I assume she already has the scriptures, but don't know how to ask! The church distribution website doesn't list anything except scriptures in Swahili. How can I find out what is available and how can I order it? This woman obviously has tender feelings for the gospel and I wish we could talk to each other!

W. Miller

P.S. I'll look on here again in a few days for your reply. I don't know how to give my email without broadcasting it to the world!

At 3/08/2009 06:31:00 PM, Blogger Bookslinger said...

To find out what's avaialble in any language, including Swahili, go to

On the left side, click on "Other Language Materials" then "List of Available Items by Languages."

Then you can easily follow those pages until you get to Swahili.

Or just type "Swahili" in the "QUICK SEARCH" box in the upper right corner of any page, and click the "SEARCH BUTTON".

When you get to the listing, click on the "PRINT PDF" button. It doesn't really print, but it brings it up if you have Acrobat Reader.

There is plenty of material available in Swahili:

"Duties and blessings of the Priesthood" parts A and B.

"The Latter-day Saint Woman" parts A and B.

"Gospel Fundamentals", which is a shortened version of "Gospel Principles" that is used in the investigator's Sunday School class.

Articles of Faith.

Triple Combination, both in Leather ($18.50), and a soft-cover ($5.00).

Book of Mormon, in hard-cover, and soft-cover.

Family Guidebook.

Hymns and Children's Songs. Think of what it would be like for their children to sing primary songs in Swahili! That would be so cool.

The Family: A Proclamation to the World.

The Living Christ Testimony.

At 3/08/2009 06:32:00 PM, Blogger Bookslinger said...

But, they don't have a Joseph Smith manual yet.

At 3/14/2009 12:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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