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Eleven More Chapters of the General Handbook Are Available in Many Languages

Eleven additional chapters of the “General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” are now available in 23 languages. These are translations of content published in English in December 2020 and March 2021.

The revision of the handbook, which began in English in February 2020, is being done under the direction of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The text guides leaders around the world to better serve with Christlike care. It also helps them implement and adapt the Church’s programs, policies and procedures to their circumstances.

Previous language updates were published in October and November 2020 and January 2021.

The General Handbook replaces Handbook 1 (for stake presidents and bishops) and Handbook 2 (for all leaders). Once all chapters for the General Handbook are published in the assigned languages, Handbook 1 and Handbook 2 will be retired from the Gospel Library.

Lists of the translated chapters and languages to publish in September are below.

Translated Chapters

  • Chapter 5: Stake Leadership
  • Chapter 6: The Bishopric
  • Chapter 16: Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Chapter 21: Ministering
  • Chapter 22: Providing for Temporal Needs and Building Self-Reliance
  • Chapter 23: Sharing the Gospel and Strengthening New and Returning Members
  • Chapter 24: Missionary Recommendations and Service
  • Chapter 25: Temple and Family History Work in the Ward and Stake
  • Chapter 26: Temple Recommends
  • Chapter 27: Temple Ordinances for the Living
  • Chapter 29: Meetings in the Church
  • Additional updates in other chapters


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