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Book of Mormon Now in Seventy Languages

TitleBook of Mormon Now in Seventy Languages
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1986
Corporate AuthorsEnsign Staff
MagazineEnsign
Volume16
Issue Number3
Pagination86
Date PublishedMarch 1986
Type of ArticleNews of the Church
KeywordsBook of Mormon; Foreign Language Translation
Abstract

The latest translation of the Book of Mormon is in Bislama, the language of the island chain of Vanuatu. Work began in 1980. The new edition contains selections for areas where membership is small.

URLhttps://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1986/03/news-of-the-church/book-of-mormon-now-in-seventy-languages?lang=eng

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Book of Mormon Now in Seventy Languages

The latest translation of the Book of Mormon is going out in the language of a small island chain—Vanuatu—located between Australia and Fiji in the South Pacific.

The language is Bislama, a tongue born of a meeting of English and French and based on Melanesian grammar. The islands, formerly known as the New Hebrides, were jointly ruled by the British and French until independent Vanuatu was established in 1980.

In Bislama, the title of the book is Samfala Toktok Blong Buk Blong Mormon. The volume contains selections from the Book of Mormon—passages usually translated first for readers in areas where there are very few Church members.

Work on the Bislama translation was begun in 1980 by missionaries of the Fiji Suva Mission, in which Vanuatu is located. The translation was finished by Philippe Gubbay, an island-born member.