scrptures in languagesThe Church has published a translation of the Book of Mormon in the Kosraean language, spoken in Kosrae, an island in Micronesia.

This marks the 110th translation of the Book of Mormon.

kosraean-book-mormonThe Kosraean Book of Mormon is available on and in the Gospel Library mobile app. Printed copies will be available in July.

In the past, the Church released printed versions of new translations before the digital versions. Now the Church is releasing the digital versions at the same time translations are sent to the printer, which makes the newly translated scriptures available to members much earlier.

New Translations

In addition to Kosraean, several new translations of the scriptures will be announced over the next two years. Three new translations of the Book of Mormon and five additional translations of the triple combination of the scriptures will be published in 2015 alone.

More Languages Available Digitally

Many scripture translations are available online only as PDFs. The Church has been updating its translation databases to enable digital publishing to, as well as the Gospel Library and Book of Mormon mobile apps, which allows members to use search, notes, highlights, and other study tools and scripture-marking features.

Members in the areas where these languages are spoken will be informed as digital versions are published. Members speaking Chinese (simplified characters), Setswana, Bislama, and Hiligaynon were the first to see these digital versions. The goal of the Scriptures Committee is to have most of the existing translations available on by the end of 2016.

“We encourage members to obtain their own copies of the scriptures and to use them in regular personal and family study and in Church meetings and assignments,” the First Presidency wrote in a letter announcing the Kosraean Book of Mormon. “As members prayerfully learn and teach from the scriptures, their testimonies will grow and they will receive greater direction in their daily lives.”

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