News Release

12 Chapters of the New General Handbook Are Available in 26 Languages

In October 2020, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released two portions of its consolidated handbook in 21 languages. Today, November 24, 2020, the Church released 12 additional chapters of the handbook in 26 languages.* These are available online and in the Gospel Library app.

To date, in English, 16 of the General Handbook’s 38 chapters have been completely reworked, and minor changes have been made to several other chapters. This is part of an ongoing revision under the direction of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The organizing framework for the consolidated handbook is the work of salvation and exaltation. The English text supersedes both Handbook 1, for stake presidents and bishops, and Handbook 2, for all leaders. The first version was published in February of this year. Subsequent updates were made in March and July.

As the handbook continues to be rewritten and updated in English, additional translated chapters will be released every few months. Leaders should use the newly revised chapters as they become available in their languages. They should continue to use the existing chapters in Handbook 1: Stake Presidents and Bishops and Handbook 2: Administering the Church when newly revised chapters are not yet available.

The entire handbook will be available in 35 languages in mid-2021, with additional languages to follow.

Lists of the 12 translated chapters and 26 languages are below.

Translated Chapters

  • Introductory Overview
  • Chapter 1: God’s Plan and Your Role in the Work of Salvation and Exaltation
  • Chapter 2: Supporting Individuals and Families in the Work of Salvation and Exaltation
  • Chapter 3: Priesthood Principles
  • Chapter 4: Leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ
  • Chapter 10: Aaronic Priesthood Quorums
  • Chapter 11: Young Women
  • Chapter 12: Primary
  • Chapter 15: Seminaries and Institutes of Religion
  • Chapter 18: Priesthood Ordinances and Blessings
  • Chapter 36: Creating, Changing and Naming New Units
  • Chapter 37: Specialized Stakes, Wards and Branches


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