Translations of the Book of Mormon

by Larry Richman on July 30, 2010

Book of Mormon translationsThe Book of Mormon is published in 107 languages, and many of them are available in multiple formats online.

See this updated article for a list of the translations of the Book of Mormon.

History

In March 1830, 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon were printed in the E. B. Grandin print shop in Palmyra, New York. From that humble beginning, today the Church prints over 3 million copies a year on large web presses. By the end of this year, nearly 150 million copies will have been distributed. Truly, this important witness of Jesus Christ is beginning to cover the earth.

It is also interesting to note the increasingly rapid pace of translation work. In its first 100 year history (1830-1930), the Book of Mormon was translated into 16 languages. In the next 68 years (1931-1999), all or part of the Book of Mormon was translated into another 80 languages. Today, all or part of the Book of Mormon has been translated into 107 languages. 82 are translations of the full book and 25 are translations of Selections from The Book of Mormon, which contains the doctrinal teachings amounting to approximately one third of the full book.

Today

The Book of Mormon is available in print in various sizes, including large-print editions in English, Spanish, and Portuguese for the visually impaired and on DVD in American Sign Language.

The Church’s scriptures Web site (scriptures.lds.org) has text available in 17 languages : Cebuano, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, and Tongan.

Special Braille files are available online in English Braille and Spanish BrailleAudio recordings of the scriptures are also available online in many languages.

The Scriptures CD-ROM has the full scriptures in many languages as well as various study and research aids.

The Church also publishes online the Holy Bible in English and Spanish. (In other languages, the Church uses an existing Bible translation.)

The Book of Mormon and the Bible are available in English in ePub format for e-readers and in various formats for mobile devices.

You can request a free Book of Mormon at mormon.org/free-book-of-mormon.

Book of Mormon Translations in Sequence of First Publication

1: English (1830. Complete book. New 1981)
2: Danish (1851. Complete book. Revised 1949, 2005)
3: German (1852. Complete book. Revised 2003)
4: French (1852. Complete book. Revised 1998)
5: Italian (1852. Complete book. Revised 1995)
6: Welsh (1852. Complete book. Reprint 2001)
7: Hawaiian (1855. Complete book. Reprint 1992)
8: Spanish (1875. Selections. Complete 1886. Revised 1992)
9: Swedish (1878. Complete book Revised 1958)
10: Maori (1889. Complete book. Reprint 1989)
11: Dutch (1890. Complete book. Revised 2004)
12: Samoan (1903. Complete book)
13: Tahitian (1904. Complete book)
14: Turkish (1906. Complete. Selections 1983. Complete 2001)
15: Japanese (1909. Complete book. Revised 1995, 2009)
16: Czech (1933. Complete book. Revised 2004)
17: Armenian-Western (1937. Complete book. Selections. 1983)
18: Portuguese (1939. Complete book. Revised 1995)
19: Tongan (1946. Complete book. Revised 2006)
20: Norwegian (1950. Complete book. Revised 2002)
21: Finnish (1954. Complete book. Revised 2002)
22: Rarotongan (1965. Complete book)
23: Chinese (1965. Complete book Revised 2007)
24: Korean (1967. Complete book. Rev 2005)
25: Afrikaans (1972. Complete book. Revised 2003)
26: Thai (1976. Complete book)
27: Indonesian (1977. Complete book)
28: Aymara (1977. Selections. Complete 1986)
29: Cakchiquel (1978. Selections. Audio 2000)
30: Croatian (1979. Complete book)
31: Quechua-Peru (1979. Selections)
32: Greek (1979. Selections. K 1979, D 1983, Complete 1987)
33: Hungarian (1979. Select. Complete 1991, Rev 2005)
34: Kekchi (1979. Select. Complete 1983, Audio 2000)
35: Quiche (1979. Selections. Audio 2000)
36: Bulgarian (1980. Selections. Complete 99, 2004)
37: Navajo (1980. Select. (Revised 1998) Audio 2000)
38: Quichua-Ecuador (1980. Selections)
39: Arabic (1980. Selections. Complete 1986)
40: Vietnamese (1980. Selections. Complete 1982, Revised 2003)
41: Fijian (1980. Complete book)
42: Quechua-Bolivia (1981. Selections)
43: Russian (1981. Complete book)
44: Catalan (1981. Complete book)
45: Polish (1981. Complete book)
46: Romanian (1981. Selections. Complete 1998, 2004)
47: Kuna (1981. Selections)
48: Niuean (Niue) (1981. Selections)
49: Icelandic (1981. Complete book. Revised 2002)
50: Hindi (1982. Complete book)
51: Telugu (1982. Selections. Complete 2000)
52: Tamil (1982. Selections. Complete 2005)
53: Cambodian (1982. Selections. Complete 2001, 2007)
54: Laotian (1982. Selections)
55: Swahili (1982. Selections. Complete 2000, 2005)
56: Guarani (1982. Selections. Complete 2009)
57: Maya (1983. Selections)
58: Sinhala (1983. Selections. Complete 2008)
59: Mam (1983. Selections. Audio 2000)
60: Efik (1983. Selections)
61: Chinese (Simp. Char) (1983. Selections. Complete 2000)
62: Kisii (Gusii) (1983. Selections)
63: Hmong (1983. Selections. Complete 2000)
64: Persian (Farsi) (1983. Selections)
65: Haitian (1983. Selections. Complete 1999. Rev 2007)
66: Marshallese (1984. Selections. Complete 2003)
67: Bengali (1985. Selections)
68: Bislama (1985. Selections. Complete 2004)
69: Malagasy (1986. Selections. Complete 2000, Rev 2006)
70: Fante (1987. Selections. Complete Revised 2003)
71: Zulu (1987. Selections. Complete 2003)
72: Pohnpeian (1987. Selections)
73: Papiamento (1987. Selections)
74: Chuukese (Trukese) (1987. Selections)
75: Tagalog (1987. Selections. Complete 1998)
76: Lingala (1988. Selections. Complete 2004)
77: Shona (1988. Selections. Complete 1999, 2007)
78: Urdu (1988. Selections. Complete 2007)
79: Palauan (1988. Selections)
80: Kiribati (1988. Selections. Complete 2001)
81: Chamorro (1989. Selections)
82: Ilokano (1991. Selections. Complete 1995)
83: Cebuano (1992. Selections. Complete 1998)
84: Tzotzil (1994. Selections. Audio 2000)
85: Hiligaynon (1994. Selections. Complete 2005)
86: Pampango (1994. Selections)
87: American Sign (ASL) (1995-01. Video Cassette/DVD 2006)
88: Waray (1996. Selections)
89: Ukrainian (1997. Complete book. Revised 2005)
90: Bikolano (1998. Selections)
91: Pangasinan (1998. Complete book)
92: Albanian (1999. Complete book. Revised 2005)
93: Estonian (2000. Complete book)
94: Igbo (2000. Complete book Revised 2007)
95: Latvian (2000. Complete book. Revised 2006)
96: Armenian East (2000. Complete book. Revised 2006)
97: Lithuanian (2000. Complete book. Revised 2006)
98: Amharic (2000. Complete book)
99: Xhosa (2000. Complete book)
100: Mongolian (2001. Complete book)
101: Neomelanesian (2002. Complete book)
102: Slovenian (2002. Complete book)
103: Tswana (2003. Complete book)
104: Yapese (2004. Complete book)
105: Twi (2005. Complete book)
106: Yoruba (2007. Complete book)
107: Serbian (2008. Complete book)

{ 73 comments… read them below or add one }

Joe V August 6, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Actually, the Swedish translation was updated within the last decade. The entire triple combination was retranslated into modern Swedish; it was a major project, with great results.

Thelma Chilly January 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I need an audio version of the Book of Mormon in Tongan.

do you have one?

Larry Richman ("ldsWebguy") January 10, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Sorry, Thelma, but the Book of Mormon hasn’t been recorded in Tongan.

Daniel Addington April 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Has the Book of Mormon been recorded in the French Language on CD?

Larry Richman May 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

Daniel, the French recordings are in process, and should be finished by the end of the year.

Lars June 4, 2011 at 9:39 am

What is the value of The Triple Combination Book of Mormon, 1949 edition?

Larry Richman June 4, 2011 at 11:12 am

Lars, Sorry, I don’t know. You could take it to a rare book dealer and they could tell you.

Radhika June 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Does anyone have a copy of the Book of Mormon on CD in Hindi/Punjabi.
Also I was told there was a copy of the Book of Mormon in Punjabi where can I find one?

Larry Richman June 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Radhika,

The Church hasn’t published the Book of Mormon in Punjabi. It has published it in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu, and also selections from the Book of Mormon in Bengali.

Also, the Church hasn’t done any audio recordings in languages for India.

Mike September 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Does anyone know what edition/translation a 1979 Italian book of Mormon would be? And a 1975 Italian hymnal?

Thank you!

Joseph October 10, 2011 at 8:55 am

Hi! I want a Tamil Mormon book. Where can I get one Free or buy one without any question asked?

Thank you!

Larry Richman October 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm
Joseph October 11, 2011 at 3:15 am

Thanks Larry! The Book of Mormon is US$ 3 but the cost to deliever it to my country is US$ 36 (total cost was US$39).

Is there any way I can buy it in Malaysia?

Thank you!

ldswebguy October 11, 2011 at 10:26 am

Joseph, other than the online store, the Church has distribution centers in many countries (see http://store.lds.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreLocationsView?catalogId=10557&langId=-1&storeId=715839595), but not in Malaysia. You could contact a nearby country and see if they can send it to you.

Megan Moody October 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Can I get an audio recording of the Book of Mormon in Croatian anywhere? I just got a copy of a Croatian Book of Mormon and I have no idea how to pronounce it! I’m going on my mission to the Slovenia/Croatia Mission in January! :D

ldswebguy October 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Megan, congratulations on your mission call! Sorry, but there are no audio recordings of the Book of Mormon available in Croatian.

Megan Moody October 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Thank you!! Okay, no worries. I’ll learn it soon enough. :)

Jacob October 23, 2011 at 11:13 am

Larry Richman, where did you find out that the French recordings are in process? Do you know if German ones are (or when they’ll be available)?

I’m a native English speaker planning to learn German.

Thanks!

Larry Richman October 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Jacob, sorry, but there are no current plans for recording the German scriptures. It may be approved in the future.

Jacob October 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Oh well.

Dennis Bartlett October 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm

How do I order a Book of Mormon in the Korean language?
could you advise….

Larry Richman October 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm
Brian Zimmerman October 29, 2011 at 7:06 am

I am in great need of finding an audio version of the Book of Mormon in Chinese. I found a website, mandarintools, which had an audio version to the middle of Alma but stopped. I was told that there is a version on the web somewhere, unauthorized, but I would really like to find it. We have an 86 yo woman from mainland China who joined the Church in our Ward a couple years ago and she doesn’t speak English very well at all. She is legally blind and has never read or listened to the Book of Mormon. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Thanks!
Brian Zimmerman, Dayton, Ohio

Brian Zimmerman October 29, 2011 at 7:06 am

I am in great need of finding an audio version of the Book of Mormon in Chinese. I found a website, mandarintools, which had an audio version to the middle of Alma but stopped. I was told that there is a version on the web somewhere, unauthorized, but I would really like to find it. We have an 86 yo woman from mainland China who joined the Church in our Ward a couple years ago and she doesn’t speak English very well at all. She is legally blind and has never read or listened to the Book of Mormon. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Thanks!
Brian, Dayton, Ohio

ldswebguy October 31, 2011 at 11:07 am

Brian, sorry but I don’t know about the unofficial Chinese version you found. The Church is recording an official version in Chinese, but it won’t be ready for a while yet.

Jeff December 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm

you mentioned that an audio version of the book of mormon in french was in the process of being recorded earlier this year and would be released near the end of the year and i was wondering if you could say whether or not it would be avaliable before christmas because i was hoping to give as a christmas gift.

Jeff

Michael Towns January 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

It’s a long shot, but how I desperately wish that the Church would put the Arabic scriptures online! Or make the files available in electronic format.

Larry Richman January 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Michael, the PDF for the Arabic Book of Mormon is on the language Page on LDS.org (http://lds.org/languages/ara?lang=eng), but it’s under the Melchizedek and Relief Society Sections (not under scriptures0. We’ll get that fixed.

Dale Franklin January 12, 2012 at 8:43 am

Larry,

I was wondering about all these apps on iTunes and such. How do private companies publish the scriptures and other church publications without violating copyright laws? Is there some waiver they get from the church or are they just breaking the law?

Michael Towns January 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Larry, that is fantastic! The Arabic is much appreciated! Of course, I would LOVE to see the Arabic online, but I realize the Church probably has languages that rate a higher priority.

Larry Richman January 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Dale, to use Church content, they have to request permission from the Church’s copyright office.

Lara February 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Does anyone know the list of languages they are currently working on? I have Sikh friends who are really interested in learning more about the church but there is no Punjabi translation as of yet. :(

Larry Richman February 4, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Sorry, there are no current translation plans for Punjabi. There is a Book of Mormon in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu, and also selections from the Book of Mormon in Bengali.

Matt Ellsworth February 5, 2012 at 12:14 am

Is there any prohibition against putting audio recordings of the Book of Mormon on the Internet privately? Would the Church be opposed to it? If done collaboratively, like a wiki, we could knock out Russian, Arabic, Portugues, and others in a year!

Can’t wait until the French recordings are done!

ldswebguy February 7, 2012 at 8:43 am

Matt, it’s been discussed by the Church as an option, but it is currently not approved except for recording for personal use.

ron greenhalgh February 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm

When will the audio version of the Book of Mormon in French be available?

Larry Richman February 18, 2012 at 1:40 am

Ron, the French is scheduled for completion during the first quarter of 2013.

Karina Diniz April 11, 2012 at 5:55 am

Anseio pelo Audio do Livro de Mórmon em francês!

Ben Peterson October 18, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Just called called to the Kyiv, Ukraine mission, Ukrainian speaking! I couldn’t find them on the site, so I assume they don’t exist, but is the audio version of the Book of Mormon available in Russian or Ukrainian? Or is it in progress by chance?
Thanks for considering my question!
And perhaps an exhaustive list of which languages have audio versions would help people out a little bit :) instead of having to bug you

Ben Peterson October 18, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I guess that list at the top is an exhaustive list, isn’t it?

Emmy November 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Doesn’t even come close to the Bible which is in 2,300 languages! It should match that if it was truth from God.

P Warnakulasuriya November 6, 2012 at 12:06 am

How can I get a Mormon books including Bible?

Larry Richman November 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

You can request a free Book of Mormon at http://mormon.org/free-book-of-mormon
You can request a free Bible at http://mormon.org/free-bible

Larry

Chris January 7, 2013 at 10:52 am

Is there an audio version of the Book of Mormon in Italian? I can’t seem to find one, so I’m wondering if it’s not out yet.

Thanks,
Chris

Amy January 16, 2013 at 12:02 am

Will the French be done closer to the beginning or the end of the 1st quarter of 2013? Any hopes that it will be done in the next month?

Larry Richman January 16, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Amy, The French recordings probably won’t be done until closer to the end of the year.

Paul Kawehiukanani Puuomoeawa Kagawa February 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Aloha, I’m interested in purchasing a Book of Mormon translated in our Hawaiian Language. We have had the opportunity to order from our ward and I didn’t get a chance to do so. And I’m interested in one now and like to refresh my native tongue. Not sure how to request one. Any suggestion. Mahalo Nui Loa, Bradda Kagawa

Larry Richman February 8, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Paul, to order a Book of Mormon in Hawaiian, go to
http://store.lds.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product3_715839595_10557_21219_-1__197030
and select the language Hawaiian.

Sam February 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Is there a way to pre-order or put myself on a request list for the audio recording of the Book of Mormon in French?

Larry Richman February 21, 2013 at 11:44 am

Sam, I’m not aware of a way to preorder, since the completion date isn’t definite. I’d suggest you check at store.lds.org towards the end of the year.

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